If You’re Weary of Doing Good

 

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It happened about a little over a year ago.  A night when I was getting the kids ready for bed and I just couldn’t imagine doing the next day.  I couldn’t imagine doing the bare minimum let alone the things I felt I was called to be doing in ministry at the time.  Just getting the kids jammied and brushed was heavy to my heart.

I didn’t want to go to bed, because I knew that I’d wake up and it would be morning and I’d have to face another day.  I never once thought of ending life, I just couldn’t really imagine doing it the next day.  I remember it clearly because it may have been one of my lowest points. Ever.

In the past year, I’ve had to take steps back from some aspects of ministry from time to time due to this past weariness.

There were many reasons for my being weary but I will spare you those details.  You will most likely be able to relate to my weary episode because of your own circumstances.  Most of us will go through times or a time of feeling weary in life and of life.  Some are more severe than others.

Rest is good when we need it.  In the midst of stepping away at times,  I have been reminded of the reason to pick it back up and continue on.

In times of weariness, I would not be able to take a break and come back if I were doing it out of my own human-centered motivations.  I am always spurred on to return to the work God has for me out of a grateful response to Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

The knowledge of my identity in Christ, drives what I do with my life.

Suffering and weariness can draw me to rest, but I am compelled to not remain there.

“Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” (1 Peter 4:19)

Perhaps there have been times that you have suffered in a way that has made you want to retreat from ministry entirely.  Not just due to weariness, but due to suffering a personal hurt.  Maybe it felt more like a personal death.

Even then, we can entrust our souls to a faithful Creator…while doing good.

This is a short encouragement today to those who have been taking steps back from ministry to return.

If your heart and soul is right with God and if you have received some rest and refreshment, consider prayerfully taking a baby step toward ministry?

Serving the Father is congruent with who we truly are in Christ and this feeds the soul too.

But what if a time comes when you or I don’t see much or any tangible fruit from the ministry we believe God has called us to? Do we quit?

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galations 6:9)

Perhaps a lack of fruit in ministry means we should be seeking answers in prayer about how we are doing ministry. Maybe He is calling us to a different ministry.  Or perhaps, we are to just keep pushing on in the ministry just as we’ve been.  God will guide us down the right path as we turn to Him and seek Him in the midst of challenges.

Seeking God’s guidance and direction and then waiting on Him can take time.  The wait can be hard, but we can know this for sure right now:

We are called to continue to do good out of our true identity in Christ and we can continue doing this good knowing that in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

I am so grateful for the ministry of my church.  The people doing good there to the household of faith have ministered to me well and have been a huge part of me being able to take steps toward rest and steps toward ministry.  They have continued to do good, and I am a grateful recipient of it.  Me being blessed is a fruit of their labor.  They are God’s way of tangibly affirming these truths to me.

Blessings as you continue to serve the Lord and His beautiful household of faith!

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Extravagant Grace For When You Feel Messy

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ex·trav·a·gant

1.spending much more than is necessary or wise; wasteful: an extravagant shopper.
2.excessively high: extravagant expenses; extravagant prices.
3.exceeding the bounds of reasonas actions, demands, opinions, or passions.
4.going beyond what is deserved or justifiable: extravagant praise.
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It’s been an amazing week for our little country church.  Our biggest VBS ever…52 kids…has come and gone.  In the midst of it we were excited but often felt a bit messy.   What we needed in many moments, especially with the preschool/kindergarten class was extravagant grace.
So it was Friday…the last big activity with these littles.
We laid out the bright clean sheets on the lawn.  They were clean and crisp.  Perfect.  My friend leading this VBS class, Karen, said that her parent’s had provided them.  She wondered if they really wanted to be providing these sheets…they seemed to be in such good condition still.  Her parents sat in the distance that day in lawn chairs in the shade.  They smiled as if to nod in approval.  They had come to see what this VBS is all about…to see what their daughter and grand daughters were doing.  Maybe they also wanted to see extravagant grace.
We were preparing for paint but I was thinking of Jesus as I put down those sheets. An offering.  These good sheets laying down in the dirt.  Sheets that once had a place in a home for years soon to be splattered with red paint…perhaps thrown away. Parents nodding in approval.
We had been studying all week…Moses’ life and God’s grace to His people as He worked through Moses.  All of it foreshadowing Jesus.
I often think of  the baby in the basket, Pharaoh, the parting of the Red Sea, the ten commandments and wandering in the desert when I think of Moses.  But what I hope the kids remember most after this past week is God’s extravagant grace.
Because behind Moses and the people who join him in these passages of the bible is Jesus.
So we go over it again…
God’s grace was pursuing Moses and the Israelites even when He saved Moses as a baby.   God didn’t just save Moses, He brought Moses into the home of Pharaoh and for a purpose.  God’s grace was pursuing Moses and His people as they were enabled to escape Egypt, ulitmately by the blood of a lamb.  And they didn’t just escape with nothing, they escaped with whatever they asked of the Egyptians.  God’s grace was pursuing them as the walked through the Red Sea and escaped Pharoah. He didn’t just get them through the Red Sea, but He fought for them. “Let us flee from before Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”  God’s grace pursued them in the desert wandering in the midst of grumbling and belief that the Lord had dealt with them bitterly.  Yet He made the water sweet and He brought the bread from Heaven.  And that bread was always enough and it was sweet too.  God’s grace pursued them as they were given the 10 Commandments.  Because even the commandments were given in the midst of grace words.  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” (Exodus 20).  God took them as His people, made Him their God and told them how  one should live as a part of His family.  His commandments, if followed, show us how to live so that we receive grace from each other in His family.  These commandments, lived out, is love in action.  Again, grace given to His people when they were on the cusp of disobedience and idol worship.
All of this extravagant grace for a people who continually turned from it.  All of this extravagant grace in circumstances when God’s people felt He had left them and had none left.
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In so many ways, God was and is extravagant with His grace toward us.
He spent the perfect holy life of His Son. “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Excessively high: extravagant expenses; extravagant prices.
We often exceed the bounds of reason in our expectations, demands and grumblings in life.  He often exceeds the bounds of reason in His response through His gracious actions.
He has gone and continues to go beyond what is deserved.
He pursues us when we feel weak…like how the Israelites must have felt enslaved in Egypt.
He pursues us when we feel bitter…even when we might think the Lord has dealt with us poorly.
He pursues us when we need serious rescuing.  He saves us even by His own dying for us…by the blood of the lamb.
He pursues us when we need someone to fight for us.  He fights our battles.
He pursues us with bread from heaven and the living water.
He pursues us by transforming us to be more like Him…gracious sanctification.
He pursues us in the midst of our sin.
So we mix powder paint and baking soda with vinegar and let it explode, gush and ooze all over the bright sheets.  A visual of how God’s grace acts in our lives.
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When we feel messy…maybe his abundant grace has really just exploded all over us.  
“May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” (1 Peter 1:2)
After a long glorious but messy week of VBS, Karen tops it off with exploding paint symbolizing God’s extravagant grace.  Thank you Karen, for teaching me in so many ways the last 8 years including through this kindergarten VBS lesson!
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My Declaration of Dependence

 

I’m focusing on celebrating the 4th of July with my family and friends today.  We’re talking about the brave independence we declared long ago and also our need for dependence on the Lord now.  Please enjoy my post from last year’s celebration!

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I love my country and the people who serve and have served me…us…with their lives.  I join today with others with thanks to God for our freedoms and our nation.  We are blessed, but I can’t help thinking on each Fourth of July about how I feel a bit strange declaring our independence.   Is it because I think perhaps that is what is wrong with us?  More and more of us in this country and the culture of our country are declaring our independence from God.  It characterizes us so much that it even characterizes Christians in this country.  Many who claim to follow Christ but are, in reality, independent.  Words of belief…without the action of following or a life showing a need of Him. Isn’t that the silliest thing? If we truly believe in the Jesus of the bible…we would have to cling to Him and follow His words as if I our life depended on Him.

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Perhaps it is because only 9% of American adults hold to a biblical worldview (Barna, 2009).  Why cling to Jesus if you don’t  think you need Him? 

While I do love my country and understand that the declaration of independence was not a declaration of independence from God, I can’t help but think on this day of how ultimately I am dependent still on a higher authority.  That is the authority of Jesus Christ in my life.

The Declaration of Independence included a list of grievances against the king.  I don’t have a list of grievances against my ultimate King…just a list of things I’m clinging to.  Truths that I look to. The history of Christ the King  is a history of repeated care and love, all having a direct influence on my life and the life of the church. “To prove this, let the facts be submitted to a candid world.”

He died on the cross for my sins. He payed the penalty for my sin. He lived a perfect life and that life is now credited to my life.  I do not need to keep the law in order to be saved because He did it perfectly.  I now strive to keep the law though, out of love and thankfulness to Him. He lives inside me now and counsels, guides and comforts me. He gives me freedom not to sin, while before salvation I was a slave to sin. He governs all and works everything according to His will, for the good of his church (His people) and His glory. He never sleeps or slumbers. He is the Word and the Word is His communication with me.  His word is good for teaching, rebuking and training in righteousness. He gives me fruit of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.

My list could go on.  It could and should be longer than the grievances against the king in the Declaration of Independence.  I am running out of time though. This doesn’t take the place of our country’s declaration.  I am thankful for our country’s declaration and the people who lived who were willing to die to stand up to a king who did not have their best interest in mind.  I am always lead, though, on July 4, to remember that I am not TOTALLY independent.  That, as a Christian, I am dependent on the King of the Universe, Jesus Christ. The King who does have our best interest in mind.  Here is the most truly amazing thing that I wish I could grasp each and every moment.  “God’s purpose for us was that we would become actual extensions of His life through a dependent love relationship with Him.”  In Birthright: Christian Do You Know Who You Are? David Needham says the above and also points out that God gave us a flesh-and-blood example of how that kind of life would play out. Jesus Christ.

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John 5:30-“I can do nothing on my own.” John 8:28, 40 – “I can do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me….you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.” John 10:37-“If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me.” John 7:16-17-“My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own.”

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Not that Jesus ever ceased to be God.  But there is a difference between possessing divine attributes and using them. In a mysterious way, Jesus, the Creator of the Universe, lived a life characterized as dependent on the Father.

So here is one last thing I’ll mention today that I love about my king.  He too, lived a life of dependence and  He shows me how to do this now.  I no longer have to respond to all of life in the flesh/in fleshly ways.  I can submit to the Holy Spirit living inside of me.  I am part of this new creation of people freed to live like Christ…but also called a slave to righteousness.

To say no to fleshly responses including the fast thoughts and impulses and responses in each moment of my day is not easy.  It takes awareness and humbleness and more strength than all the strength that is felt in an angry response.  I’m still learning about this.  And perhaps that is the Christian life. Learning, over time, how to submit to the Holy Spirit and that there is more strength in submitting than going with the flow. I am dependent on Him to live as He did.  If I believe in Him and love Him, how can I not seek to submit to Him if He truly is my ultimate King?

Galations 2:20-“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. “

Ephesians 3:16,17,19-“I pray that, according to the riches of His glory, He may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

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When You Think You’ve Been Foolish…

My kids giggle as I read from Proverbs 30.

“If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth.

For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.” (verses 32-33)

I love it when my kids hear something that will stay in their mind because it made them giggle.  I giggled a bit too but not for long because what I really needed to do was to put my hand over my mouth.

So after the giggle we talk about the serious side of these words.

It’s absurd when Christ-followers exalt themselves, act foolish or devise evil.  So absurd that we should indeed slap our hands over our mouths if we find that we are in the midst of this behavior.  The imagery can make us giggle a bit but it is the first step in a humble turn toward the Lord.  That first step can feel almost impossible if we have been foolish, but it’s not.

The stopping and the turning is more powerful than continuing on in the wrong direction.

This seemingly small mindless foolishness…it can sneak up on us.  Like pressing milk produces curds. Last fall, the kids and I sat around the dining room table and shook baby food jars filled with cream to make butter. An experiment in patience more than anything.  Just when my preschooler couldn’t take it anymore and I had to take over shaking her jar too, it happened. The cream started to thicken and produce curds.  Our long struggle and tiring movements produced something.  It snuck up on us though.  We almost gave up and then the moment happened unexpectedly.  We drained the whey and retrieved the yummy chunk of butter.

Repetitive foolish behavior does have a result. Never is it tasty.

Sometimes foolish behavior doesn’t sneak up. It’s quite deliberate.  Like walking up to someone and deliberately pinching their nose to the point of producing blood.  We humans can be outright rude and nasty like that.  I just unleashed the nastiness this morning on my husband.  Although I felt justified at the time, I wasn’t.  Nothing justifies rude with the people we love.  But isn’t that where it often happens?  I find it the easiest to love those outside my home. It is more challenging here in this place that is to be a refuge for those I love the most.

Since this foolish behavior is based in unchecked anger, I must recognize that it will always produce strife.  As sure as the pressing of the nose makes blood and the pressing of the milk makes curds.  It will happen either slowly through unchecked attitudes of the heart and passive aggressive behavior or quickly due to thoughtless and rude words or actions.

So what to do besides slap my hand over my mouth?

I must acknowledge it and seek forgiveness from my husband and rest in the Lord’s.

Just like I can always count on my family’s quick forgiveness and acceptance of an apology, I can also rest quickly in the Lord’s provision of grace through Christ.

I never have to stop and wonder if I’ve gone to far this time.

Grace is always there and through it God provides…

Forgiveness, wisdom, and strength in order to resist temptation now and in the future.

By His grace He examines, convicts and transforms our hearts and heals the hearts of those who have been hurt by us.

And just as repetitive rude actions can create strife, repetitive loving actions can create peace.

May that be so in all of our homes and churches with the people we love.

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A Reason to Dance

“Lord the Light or Your Love is shining,
In the midst of the darkness shining,
Jesus light of the world shine upon us,
Set us free by the truth You now bring us,
Shine on me. Shine on me….”

She danced without inhibitions.  Eyes closed and arms out wide, she floated around the room where, every Sunday morning before Sunday School, the kids sing worship songs together.  This three year-old danced freely to Shine Jesus Shine.

Maybe it wasn’t such a strange sight to behold on Sunday morning in a place where children were singing and music was being played to the Lord.

Yet maybe it was.

The little girl was not just any little girl. She was a little girl who wouldn’t have been there except by God’s intervention in her life through His people. She is not the daughter of anyone in our church.  She would have no reason to be there, naturally.  I think it’s pretty safe to say that, since she is so young, she wouldn’t have been attending church that Sunday morning if it weren’t for the help of her foster family.  That family is of no blood relation, yet they have taken her in as a part of their family.  This work is not easy, yet they love her well.  Through this relationship she has come to know what it means to be a part of a household of God and the household of God.

I’m not sure if, a year ago, when she first came, that she would’ve danced around a room like that. I wondered what was going on in her heart.  Was she sensing the joy of the Lord? The joy of community?  I didn’t ask.  I just enjoyed watching this  little girl, who once often looked sad, now enjoy worship.

This lead me to think upon my own sense of joy in the Lord.

Lately, I must admit, I have felt a bit lacking. My usual routines were disrupted for a number of weeks after a computer blow-up. All of my devotional and writing stuff…gone.  I had to reorganize and do things differently.  When I got the computer back, I had to reorganize again.  I haven’t been writing or reading to the extent that I normally do.

On a positive note, I realized that all I really need is the bible, paper and a pen.

On a negative note, I allowed all of the disruption and reorganization to steal some of my joy.

Do I daily recognize where I once was and the privilege of being in God’s household and all of the other glorious truths of being in Christ?

A few weeks of allowing myself to be defined by a lack of organization instead of  who I am in Christ can feel like a year.

So I begin to begin again.

Surely, unless by the Lord’s mercy and intervention in my life, I wouldn’t know Him.

Yet I do.

A recent study of Ephesians 2, reminds me that, before I was brought into the community of believers, my life was defined by this:

I was…

Dead in my sins.

Following the course of this world and Satan.

A child of wrath.

Separated from Christ.

Alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise. 

Without hope and without God in the world.

But God…

Being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ       Jesus.

But now…

We have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Jesus Himself is our peace.

Through Christ, we have access in one Spirit to the Father.

We are no longer strangers and aliens, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,  in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

In Him we are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

(Ephesians 2)

He is a God who gives life to those who have no life and mercy to those who do not deserve mercy.

He has given us a place in His Kingdom as fellow citizens, He has given us a place in His household…a seat at His table, and He has made us HIS home…His temple.

There is so much to dance about here, isn’t there?

By God’s mercy and intervention, are you rejoicing today in being a citizen with the saints, part of the household of God, growing into a holy temple in the Lord?

“Lord I come to Your awesome presence,
From the shadows into Your radiance,
By the blood I may enter Your brightness,
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness,
Shine on me. Shine on me…”

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Mercy Triumphs

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I have been enjoying the many layers of beauty in the iris. I fold back petals only to find more. It’s not just the layers of petals that entice me to investigate, but also the incredible detailed handiwork on the petals. Yellow fuzzy lines sit on the middle of each inner petal like sleeping wooly bear caterpillars.  Unexpected brown veins surprise me as they run through the the pastel smooth flesh.  The inner smaller petals defined by smooth straight lines beautifully contrast the outer soft floppy petals defined by perfectly ragged edges.  Just one amazing piece of God’s creation! 

My investigation of the beautiful vibrant living iris then turned to the dead iris.  Such a vast difference.  Each spring I marvel at how quickly the change happens.  Overnight they go from holding supple outward petals to shriveled nasty oozing mass turned inward.  

This is one aspect of the iris I do NOT want to be like!

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I look at His word.  I see this: that He is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger abounding in love and faithfulness. Maintaining love for thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.  But He does not leave the guilty unpunished.  Just but also love.

These words, though strong and beautiful, only give me a glimpse of His great righteousness.  His perfect holiness.  Such a vast difference between myself and Him.

Yet I’m called to be more and more like Him.

The same week I investigate the iris, I’m also pondering the book of James.

James 1 states that anger does not produce the righteousness of God.

Anger is the opposite.

Anger produces fire, chaos, heartache and brokenness.

I don’t need to look far to see anger and what it produces.  It’s all around me in this world and it, yes, comes out of me.

So I am to receive, in meekness, the implanted word. (James 1:21)

That word that saves our souls.

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”       (James 1:26)

But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (James 1:25)

The Law.

There has been a movement…an expectation…maybe a demand by some for pastors and church-goers to ONLY talk about God’s love.

They say that talk of sin and God’s law is legalistic.

But isn’t the other side to that licensure? License to sin because God is love.                                                                                                                                                   “What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” (Romans 6:15)

A professor of mine had a good illustration for these two concepts.  A long narrow road with swampland on both sides of it.  One side of the road was legalism and the other, licensure.

Licensure forgets that God is also just which makes Him perfect.

Even in church, talk of the law can make some cringe.

“Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.” (Romans 3:31)

Because the beauty of Jesus is that He followed the law perfectly and was, therefore, our perfect sacrifice.

The heart of obeying God’s commands is that we do it out of love for Christ and His obedience.

The beauty of our faith is that, in Christ, we are now able to live like He lived. Growing in that every day.

Without the law, how do we know what Jesus died for?

How do we know what He LIVED for?

The law is really liberty.

In Christ, we are FREE to love the Lord and others…to obey the law.  We are no longer under the dominion of sin. Ruled by it.

We are ruled by the Lord.

Though we sin, we are always free in Him to stop and yield to the Holy Spirit.

We are not imprisoned, chained or in need to be freed.  If we are in Christ we are free INDEED!

He gives us wisdom on this journey when we ask and believe.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)

He gives us mercy.  It triumphs over judgement.  This is our staple food on the journey.

“Mercy triumphs over judgement.” (James 2:13)

In James, I am confronted with sin.  I hear a call to look in the mirror and see and say…”But…I do get angry. I don’t bridle the tongue.  I don’t treat everyone equally…if I’m really honest.  And I even  look in the mirror and walk away unchanged.”

Legalism is saying that, in order for God to love me, I need to change and follow perfectly the law which stands against these sins instead of relying on Christ’s perfect righteousness and atonement for them.

Christian obedience to the law is, BECAUSE God loves me, I desire to change and follow the law which stands against these sins as I rely on Christ’s perfect righteousness and atonement for them.

So I can look honestly into the Word and into my sin and not be afraid of legalism because I trust in Christ’s perfect life and there is mercy.

Even though I can go from beautiful to ugly overnight…or in seconds…mercy triumphs over judgement.

And there is wisdom for this life.  Wisdom to honestly look into the Word and the Law, see my sin and seek to be changed by boldly approaching the throne of grace.

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galations 5:13)
Because Jesus…

“…gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:14)

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Linking up this week with:

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The Wonder of Your Life in Christ

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Do you ever wonder if you’re good enough or doing enough?

I do.

I have these thoughts quite often as I try to carry out my faith as a wife, parent, daughter, sibling, friend, parishioner and worker.  The list could go on couldn’t it?  All of the roles we take on in life.  When I think of them I get a bit overwhelmed.  Thoughts of all of the responsibilities come to me at once.  But what if simply being found in Christ and loving Him right where you’re at in your current situation is enough?

Would you follow me over to My Freshly Brewed Life this week?  Barbie Swihart has a sweet blog where she shares glimpses of Christ’s love and sprinkles of His grace.  I know you will love her blog and that is where my post, The Wonder of Your Life in Christ, is posted.

Linking up with these ladies this week:

growinghomemakers link-up banner  Just WritePhotobucket Finding Heaven                                          Chronicles of Grace sunday-stillness-button      Renewed Daily - Recommendation Saturday Missional WomenFF Z Font Fellowship Fridays #45 Womanhood With Purpose The Watered Soul  I Choose Joy!PhotobucketImparting Gracesaving4six thrive @ home blue    7 Days Time whimsical-wednesdays_edited-1   WHHWButton200X200Family Home and Life