I Will Give You Rest

Doesn’t this picture of a group of pelicans so at home and comfortable in a boat that is clearly not theirs make you want to smile out loud? I can just imagine them hanging out together and resting a spell after a long day of fishing, eating and flying. Or maybe they’re just milling around waiting for the captain of the ship to arrive so the party can really begin. Them humans they do the most outrageous things… like tearing through water at blazing speeds and feeding wild birds who come to visit.

I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28

Photo of Key West, Florida by the talented Mary Morganelli

This scene also brought to mind Jesus’s invitation to us. I pictured hearing Him from the middle of the boat. “Come to me” he says “and I will give you rest.”  Are you weary, tired, heart-broken, discouraged, frightened? Carrying burdens that are weighing you down? Me too sometimes. And you know what? I always feel refreshed when I talk to God and leave whatever is on my mind or troubling me at the foot of the cross. And in His hands.

We give Him our burdens. He gives us His rest.

Rest from worrying about being good enough, doing enough, having enough. Rest from trying to hold it all together while everything keeps unraveling. Rest from the guilt of mistakes made. Rest from picking at the wounds inflicted by others. Rest from doubts and fears. Rest from anger and tears. Rest that brings back joy and strength to carry on, fly above raging waters, and make others laugh and smile at our outrageous humanness.

Know what else is cool about pelicans? They fly in V-formation, where the updraft created by the upstroke of the bird in front buoys the flight of the one who follows. We do the same don’t we when we encourage and lift each other up.  Just like you’ll find in Holley Gerth’s Let Your Heart Rest: You are Enough post today. For more on that message hop on over to this week’s link-up at Holley Gerth’s where you’ll find a generous outpouring of love, encouragement, and inspiration by the cupful as you join her and the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

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We have an everlasting rock

Every time I look at this image it takes my breath away.  I’m left speechless, in awe of God’s majestic splendor. I had planned on writing about how we can trust God as our solid rock, lean on Him to hold us up when we’re shaken, protect us against stormy assault… and more. Much more. Lots of encouraging words I assure you. None compare to the power and beauty you see in God’s word and His creation below. So I’m letting this picture speak for itself and echo inside your heart.

Everlasting Rock Isaiah 26:4

Isn’t is something that the God who is behind forming that giant rock is the one who helps those trees grow… in the same space. That same creator of the universe is our firm foundation and cultivator of our growth.  As Holley Gerth shares in her post when we belong to Jesus we never stop growing. Inch by inch, day by day we become more like Him…and that’s beautiful. Very beautiful. For more on that note hop on over to this week’s link-up at Holley Gerth’s  where you’ll find a generous outpouring of love, encouragement, and inspiration by the cupful as you join her and the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

Thank you  Holley Gerth
for the Coffee for Your Heart image

 

Photo Credit - The beautiful picture of Colorado is a gift from a friend who doesn’t seek public credit. But I sure can express my gratitude. Thank you with all my heart! 

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The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

Are you laughing at this demonstration of sheer strength? :) Sometimes we get the FUNniest inspirations when we think about encouraging others don’t we? Yes, this is really me pulling that prison bar. And that smile…pure joy!

Joy of the Lord is your strength - Nehemiah 8:10

As you may suspect, I’m not actually behind bars and the smile was for my sister taking the picture while having some serious fun at Universal Studios. But the joy of the Lord does break us out of our prisons. It is what gives us strength to pry open hearts locked into guilt, pride, anger, unforgiveness, regret, brokenness, pain, disappointments, struggles.

You can use your gifts to the full and do what is right and what’s hard when you know it pleases God. For the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Strength to rise up and help someone even when life’s knocked you down

Strength to forgive one more time, and then again and again

Strength to carry on and love like crazy when grief and loss are your shadowing companions

Strength to stick with the work when a thousand other things are pulling you away from the dream God has planted in your heart

Strength to be the one who says “I’m sorry”

Strength to say “yes” when it’s scary

Strength to say “no” when it’s wise

Strength to hold back words of criticism, gossip, snap judgement

Strength to speak up for what’s right
and for those whose voices are drowned out by injustice or unfortunate circumstances

Strength to get up and try again after tripping up, falling short, losing ground

Strength to receive and strength to let those who love you carry you as Holley Gerth shares in her post. For more on that note hop on over to this week’s link-up at  Holley Gerth’s  where you’ll find a generous outpouring of love, encouragement, and inspiration by the cupful as you join her and the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

Thank you  Holley Gerth
for the Coffee for Your Heart image

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What was God Thinking?

It’s that time of year. Tears of joy stream as graduations and weddings start to fill our calendars. Love and friendship is in the air and it’s time to celebrate! A new dawn is on the horizon welcoming fresh beginnings and embracing the relationships that brought us here so far. With thanks to God for friends and family along the way and the special someone He created to be that one true love, here is a greeting card I designed for such a time as this. Hope it makes you smile as it calls to mind the people you’re grateful for.

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It’s a brave new world that awaits the newlywed and graduate… and each and every one of us. Every day we take brave, loving steps that make the world a better, more beautiful place. You are braver than you may even think as Holley Gerth shares in her Coffee for Your Heart post today. For more on that note hop on over to this week’s link-up at Holley Gerth’s  where you’ll find a generous outpouring of love, encouragement, and inspiration by the cupful as you join her and the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

Thank you  Holley Gerth
for the Coffee for Your Heart image

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God will lift you up and carry you

Deuteronomy 33:26-27

There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. ~ Deuteronomy 33:26-27

Have you ever started out with one thing in mind and ended up with something totally different? That’s what happened to me as I searched for the ‘just right’ rock photo for this week’s post. Wouldn’t you know it? An unexpected inspiration swept over me when I came across this picture in my hunt. The idea of God picking us up and giving us a lift as in an airplane ride captured my imagination.  Thought it was also cool how the plane is docked to such a narrow landing strip in the middle of water on both sides.

Reminded me how God carries us under His everlasting arms/wings even in the most challenging circumstances. We can trust him to lift us up out of troubled waters and land us safely to where we’re supposed to be. I like that about Him! How about you? What are some the pictures of God that speak to you?

Yes, we can find safety in God’s everlasting arms. Our words can create a safe place for each other too as Holley Gerth shares in her post today. For more on that note hop on over to this week’s link-up at Holley Gerth’s place where you’ll find a generous outpouring of love, encouragement, and inspiration by the cupful as you join her and the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

Thank you  Holley Gerth
for the Coffee for Your Heart image

 Photo Credit – The beautiful picture is a gift from a friend who doesn’t seek public credit.  But I sure can express my gratitude. Thank you with all my heart! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trust God with All Your Heart

As you can see, I am a little enamored with the Coffee for Your Heart analogy. :)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;     do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. ~ Proverbs 3:5-7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. ~ Proverbs 3:5-7

Proverbs 3:5-7 is a familiar passage I know. Quoted often. Memorized. Engraved. Mounted on walls. Makes a lot of comforting sense doesn’t it? It’s logical even. Trust God, acknowledge His ways, then you’ll know just what to do. 1-2-3. Just like that. Easy as pie. But life doesn’t always follow that simple story-line. And we wonder where is God when we do all the right things and nothing is happening.  When the proverbial path eludes us. What then?

We trust with all our heart.

Trust that He who began  a good work in you will see it to completion. Trust that He will provide. Trust that no matter what, he is with you every step of the way. The other day I found myself in a place where it came down to answering either I trust God or I don’t. I really needed to get untethered from the spike of worry and wondering that had me all tied up in knots and latch onto trusting God with all my heart. That’s when everything began to change. No, I wasn’t magically transported to a fairy tale ending. Something even better happened. On the wings of trust, my heavenly Father carried me above some tough terrain with love, peace and joy hitched along for the ride. I realized choosing to trust was a day by day, sometimes minute by minute decision.

Trusting God also means you don’t have to try so hard, which just happens to be the topic of Holley Gerth’s post today as she shares:

Let the One who loves you hold you - Holley GerthFor more on that note hop on over to this week’s link-up at Holly Gerth’s place where you’ll find a generous outpouring of love, encouragement, and inspiration by the cupful as you join her and the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

Thank you  Holley Gerth
for the Coffee for Your Heart image

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Let God be God

I don’t remember exactly what the debate in my head was about, but I believe it had something to do with being too much or too forward. Will I be putting someone dear to me in an awkward position?  Then I heard the whisper, “Just love with all your heart and let God be God.” That’s it.  Share my heart and trust God completely.

Let God Be God

Sometimes our motives do get questioned or we are misunderstood. Or those good intentions get tripped up and we land splat on our faces, hurt and bruised. So what? When we give and love from pure hearts we can confidently go ahead and let go knowing God is at work in our corner. Whatever happens after we soul-search, ask for wisdom and surrender our will is God’s business.

We never have to worry about anything when we give it all we’ve got and let God be God. It’s His job to run the universe. His promise to take care of all our needs.

So we can relax and find peace because every result and consequence is in His hands and He’s up to something good.

One of those good things is the one and only irreplaceable, beyond compare you. Like Holley Gerth says “if there’s only one of something it can’t be compared”. For more on that note hop on over to this week’s link-up at Holley Gerth’s place where you’ll find a generous outpouring of love, encouragement, and inspiration by the cupful as you join her and the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

Thank you  Holley Gerth
for the Coffee for Your Heart image

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