A Time for Reflection

Holiday Island 2

Today is the last day of an incredibly restful and refreshing vacation.  This picture is the view from the deck where I am currently sitting and drinking a cup of tea.  It’s still early and there’s a little mist hovering over the water.  What a reflection of Papa’s heart that He would create such beauty for us to enjoy.

I have been reflecting on the last year or so while I’ve been here.  It’s been a very full year with lots of stretching and growing and seeking.  Seeking His face and His Truth and His peace.  Seeking His way over the world’s way in every situation.  This year I have seen my son graduate from high school and my daughter get married.  As a family, we have said goodbye to my father and hello to new additions to the clan, including the two most adorable baby girls you have ever seen. 🙂   My son got hydrocephalus and had emergency brain surgery.  I went from teaching classes at the local fabric and craft store, to working there part time, to being the Education Coordinator.  I opened a webstore, published my first book, and turned 50.  And I watched my daughter rise up to make a difference by selling jewelry to benefit the tornado victims in the state.

Through it all I have been amazed at the peace I have experienced.  I am blessed beyond words with the company of ones that Papa has knit together with my heart.  In the times that I have felt stretched beyond my limits or dizzy from the shifting paradigms that come with the revelation of His Truth, they have covered me and lifted me up and not allowed me to stay in that place.  They have helped to propel me back up to the throne of Grace where I can once again stand, a Kingdom woman, as I am destined and purposed to be.

I have seen more clearly than ever before that life is not about reaching some nebulous point on the road.  It’s about the journey.  It’s about learning and growing and stretching.  About shedding mindsets and attitudes that don’t reflect  the heart of Papa.  About becoming free of the network of artificially imposed limits and boundaries that the world uses to keep us bound in mediocrity and unfulfilled purpose.  About overcoming fear and insecurity and doing what the heart longs to do.

So, for at least the next 50 years, I will be staging my own personal revolution.  Against what the world says I should and shouldn’t do, against what fear says I can and can’t do, and against what the mindsets say I will and won’t do.  These partial lyrics by LeAnn Squier have become a personal rallying cry:

You were born to be limitless,

You were born for so much more

Than you have known in this life.

You were born for more!

You were born to be unafraid.

Neither height, nor width, nor depth

Can separate you now.

You were born to soar.

You were made for the endless skies.

You were made for the mountain heights.

The God who made us all

Made you limitless!

Resting in Him

Today is Shabbat or Sabbath.  It began at sundown yesterday and ends at sundown today.  A day of resting.  A day of restoring.  A day of reflecting on the goodness and faithfulness of Father.  It is a day that Papa, in His grace, built into the Hebrew calendar.  One day a week to rest the body and reconnect with the important things in life: family, friends, and Him.

The concept of rest has been all but forgotten in our culture.  Americans typically spend their days rushing from one event or activity to another, chronically sleep deprived and stressed out.  So much to do in the short amount of time allotted.

But what if you had permission to take one day a week and rest?  No chores; no “musts”; no “shoulds”.  Just rest.  Read a book.  Take a bath.  Go for a leisurely walk.  Relax.  De-stress.  Reflect on all that’s good in your life.  Rehearse your blessings.  Rekindle your joy.  It’s incredibly freeing you know.  To just say “no” to the world’s expectations of you, to re-claim your time.  To deliberately choose what to do with your day.

Not only do you have permission to do that, but Father earnestly desires it for you.  That’s why He put it on the calendar.  So take some time to rest today.  Don’t make it hard or attach a bunch of rules to it.  Just have some fun.  And as a friend from Texas likes to say, “Shabbat Shalom, y’all”!