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God Cares For Me

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – Bible Gateway NIV

Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.

GOD CARES FOR ME!!

Last week, I shared how clutter can choke the very life from  following your mission. There is no walking forward. You just stand still,  looking around. You may DO  the activities expected, but life feels a bit off.

The chaos of life  has been pulling me every which way. The challenges  from church,  leading a small group, dealing with my own inner stuff  has been  making me feel a bit off. I had a talk with my small group mentor concerning a few of these matters. When all was said and done about my group,  I let him know I was

“feeling a bit off”.

A rather obvious question came from Mike,” why do you think that is”?

Obvious perhaps, but not the response  I wanted to hear. I wanted a clear direction. I wanted a bright path. I didn’t want to figure this on my own.

Do you ever come to God that way with a situation? You wish the answer could be something easy to just check off.  Something clear even though it may not be really easy.

I knew all the regular “shoulds” I was suppose to do to keep my life in check.  I still look at my life through the  ” Good Girl” lens at times. You know if you do all the normal things correctly, life should go right, RIGHT?   (http://emilypfreeman.com/the-books/grace-for-the-good-girl/

  • Read Bible  √
  • Quiet Time √
  • Time with spouse  √
  • Writing  √

Before my time was finished,  we prayed, asking God to reveal why I was feeling off and to release me in His peace.  I received His Gift that night. As I share what I received, I hope it will shine a light in dark areas you may be feeling a bit off.

Take your tension filled body and sit down with a cup of hot tea or cappuccino.  Allow the sweet aroma to relax you.

Open your soul, free  your spirit. Walk in the reality of a hand reaching out to take yours. The hustle and bustle, the clutter and demands, even the desire to make everything just right will make us miss the  intense joy being offered . Let it go.

I received the gift while watching the movie – THE NATIVITY STORY.

img_3800 If you are unfamiliar with this story, it is a fictionalized adaptation of Mary and Joseph, the young Jewish couple called by God to bring His Son into the world.

Nothing is regal, exceptional, or memorable in their early lives. Joseph is trained to be a simple carpenter. Mary is trained to be a simple Jewish mother. No prophetic word spoken over them as children. They  each said Yes to God’s.to be the earthly parents of God’s Son.  They were to bring His Story into the World.

The wonder came when I watched  Joseph’s response as he brought the baby into the world. In a relatively quiet stable  except for the normal noise and smells from the  animals being the only  attendants, the Savior of the World enters our world.

Joseph wept with joy at the sight of this new born baby. He laughed in excitement. He wept with elation and humility at the Baby King laying  in his arms. It was beyond his imagination to believe he was been chosen to care for and raise the Messiah. He felt inadequate yet open to whatever God would ask him.

Tears ran down my cheek  as this scene was played out in the movie. I wept silently as Joseph wept , holding  the baby Jesus.

God came to earth as a baby. He entrusted HIS STORY into the arms of simple people.

I cried because I knew the same thing is happening today.   When Jesus returned to the Father,  He entrusted HIS STORY into the arms of simple people. First it was to His simple followers. Uneducated men and women who said YES to share  His life giving story.

In our simplicity, we  are given the opportunity to carry, to share the exact same story. The Messiah has come! As  we are willing to listen, as we are willing to say yes to  necessary risks and  take His Hand, intimacy with the Creator of the Universe is now our story to walk in, to carry, to share  and live out.IMG_0806

I believe I was off because I was not  walking in THE STORY, HIS STORY.

I discovered a  difference between  “Doing the Things of the Story” and “Living in the Story”.  The first one  was going through life doing the good things.  My life became a series of check off lists to make sure I was in the right place. The other is “Living in the Story”  as I  continue to develop in the  relationship with God.  This life takes risks, makes mistakes and does not get it right  all the time, but I am  looking to truly live in His story as  I seek His Face.img_3823

What is God saying about you right now?  What is He saying to you right now.? How are you invited to say Yes to walk in His Story either for the first time or in a deeper intimate way?

2017 can be a wonderful call to a new adventure. Walk in His Story

So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

1 Peter 5:7 MSG

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Clutter can block what you Love to do.

The secret is not to write about what you love best, but about what you, alone, love at

all.

Annie Dillard

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I love this quote but it goes beyond writing. It is life. What does that mean for me?

 To Worship and enjoy intimacy with Jesus.

I know I am not the only one to experience this relationship. What I am saying is because of the uniqueness of ME, no one can express it, share it, live it the same way I can.  That is the same for you.

Presently God is pointing out areas,  blocking  joyous abandonment in freely expressing  what I alone love at all. .

CLUTTER!

Did you expect me to reveal a deep eerie secret?

My email, my house, papers and unnecessary kept items  can keep me from enjoying what I truly love.

Pretending the stacks don’t exist works for so long. The mounds of e-mail I go through to just press Delete takes time. I would rather be creating and sharing.

Now to the holidays.

Depending on your character, your lives may experience an interesting challenge where eliminating clutter is a contradiction in terms. A mega-Martha Stewart who lies dormant  for several months  suddenly awakens  turning the house into an electrical White Christmas Showcase with all the trimmings.  

 Over flowing boxes  appear out of nowhere. Strings of lights lay on the floor.  Ornaments are strewn over the couch.  Watch where you are  walking so nothing is broken. Make sure the cat (or baby) does not swallow any silver tinsel. Where is the creche? Where are we going to box up all the present nick-nacs to open up space for  this year’s Christmas cuties?

This is just the decorations

Activities galore,  parties, fun events are planned for every week, maybe everyday  starting the day after Thanksgiving going  all the way to Christmas Day or New Years.   All very important.  All necessary?

If the comparison demon knocks on your door when you are writing or creating,  does it ring loudly at this time of the year  in other areas?

  • “Are there as many gifts for  (fill in the blank) as they gave us?
  • Will the kids remember this as a really special  Christmas?
  • I hope the food is good for the party.”
  • Will we be able to make it to this celebrations and that party?

    By now you must think I  gave Charles Dickens his notes for his best selling novel,  THE CHRISTMAS CAROL. None of these items are bad in themselves. They are even wonderful.

Too many check offs on your to – do  list turn the days into a

CLUTTER!!!!!

Here is where you get another confession. Even though I am not a Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens decorator, I look at those around me with their talent for lights and culinary delights and I compare.  I see “ their creativity”  and not the value of what God wants me to share.

I am not truly a  “humbug”.

I love hot apple cider and hot cocoa.

 

I love worshiping to  Christmas Carols.img_3763

I dreamily go back in time as I watch “THE CHRISTMAS CAROL” (pick you own rendition).

The depth of this season for me is celebrating the birth of Jesus.

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As I reflect on the  love truly born to give me life,  I can express to others what I have been given.   During the holidays when the clutter of outside activities draw life,  I then have life to share.

How does this sit with you?

  When the chaos and clutter of the season hits, as a gift do something nice for yourself  and others.

RELAX!

Does this sound comical?  It  gets chaotic,  from all the GOOD THINGS, so  do something unplanned. Sit down with a cup of hot cocoa and listen to a whole Christmas CD. If you have snow, go out and take a snowshoe walk, find a sitter and go to the local coffee shop by yourself.

Emily Freeman shared five wonderful books to start an advent adventure. Take some time to check these out and relax.  http://emilypfreeman.com/5-books-advent-reading/

Psalm 37:7 MSG

7 Quiet down before God,

   be prayerful before him.

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Share ways  you eliminate clutter? Are there areas where clutter has a grip where you cannot easily flow in what you alone love?  What you alone love can be the mission God has put in your heart.

Eliminating clutter is hard. It takes time, but it will open space for you to write and to live  “what you alone love at all”.


1http://www.azquotes.com/author/3975-Annie_Dillard all partial quotes “what you alone love at all” taken from this source.

All three photos of the various Christmas Carol movies were taken from Yahoo images Christmas Carol