Thursday, May 1, 2008

Pause on Purpose

"Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

I think anyone who lives life has times when they need rest. Today I want to talk about a sabbath.

  "Sabbath is both a time, and more important, an attitude to nurture stillness"
from "Confident Parenting" by Jim Burns

"Sabbath rest is physical and emotional renewal, but it is also fellowship - a delightful space on the weekly calendar reserved for becoming better acquainted with ourselves, others, and God; it is a time for good talk, holy laughter, serious ideas, and shared intimacies between Creator, and creature. Our souls are replenished, quieted, nurtured, caressed. REST WITHOUT SPIRITUAL REST IS INCOMPLETE"
From "Making Sunday Special" by Karen Burton Mains

"Sometimes we have to say no to good things so we can say yes to the right things"
from "Cure for the Common Life" by Max Lucado

"A (NO) uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a (YES) merely uttered to please"
Mahatma Gandhi

Well, As you can see I have been learning about REST from a lot of sources. Hmmmm... I think God might be trying to tell me something. One thing I strive for with my blog, is to be "real". I know for me, that I get the most from people who are. I so appreciate vulnerability. We are all in this flesh condition together. I may be embarrassed at times but I guess that is the risk you take when  you are authentic.

Our schedule lately has been overwhelmingly full. My mind even more so. This little tidbit from a devotional describes me lately.

"What are we to do when even our trust in God seems shaky? When answers are not immediate and God seems far away? When we don't know how to tap his help and are left to wait passively for him to answer, wishing for some spectacular flurry of divine activity to deliver us? What are we to do when that rescue doesn't come, and unfulfilled expectations for help from him turn our hearts towards doubt? When we begin to slip back to the Whys?
from "The Upside of Down" by Joseph Stowell

I have to keep telling myself to not ask why. I need to "Be still and know that I am God" Ps 46:10. Once again I need to ask the Father to forgive my doubt. This adoption process has been way harder on me, than I ever expected it to be. I know he is telling me to rest. To stop trying to "figure it all out." I am so sorry Lord for the frailty of my human condition that I keep trying to rely on myself. " Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don't depend on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

 I am sure I am not alone in my struggle. So I will end with  a request. Please keep praying for us. My mind needs rest.

One final excerpt:

"If you wait for a sabbath to just appear, it won't happen. You have to create a sabbath time for you and for your family. Slowing down the pace of your life may do more to build a healthy family than any other factor. Rest heals, rest soothes, and rest gives perspective."
From "Confident Parenting" by Jim Burns

Can anyone relate? Tell me about a "waiting time " for you and how God got you through.

Blessings and love!


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  2. Hi, Michelle,
    I am sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner- I have been busy with a sick baby! You can get to Angie and Todd's blog by clicking the blog title (Bring the Rain) in my post (or in the "Perspective" post, you can click on the words Angie and Todd's blog"). That's why it is white and not the same color as the rest of the words.

    It is very moving, I hope it challenges you as it did me.

    Thanks for checking in on our blog! I'm hoping to get a chance to read your soon!

    Jenna :)

  3. dang... what kind of response got deleted?

  4. Great post and great blog. Thanks for stopping by mine. We have been trying hard to honor the Sabbath.

  5. Hi Michelle! Thank you for commenting on my blog. I hope you sign up for my giveaway on Monday. It'll be going throughout the week. I'm excited about it.
    I saw that you are going to adopt a daughter, right? I saw your sons. They are all so handsome with very different personalities. I said to my hubby that you named your son Canaan. That is such a great name! :D
    Thank you for this great post by the way! It's always good to "Pause" =)

  6. Michelle,
    Mark and I have been down here in Guatemala visiting our little Nola. Tonight is our last night with her. It´s been difficult holding back the tears all day. I just thought I would pass along what the word is down here as far as future adoptions are concerned. It seems that most people we have talked to think that as soon as all of the in process adoptions are completed under the old laws, there will be movement to get the new system in place to begin new adoptions. One person said he looked for that to be around January. I hope he´s right. There is no way to know for sure, but at least that´s something to pray for.

    Pam L waiting for Nola

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog... I hope that there is a future in Guatemalan adoptions... as you know, nobody knows if they can become Hague compliant or not... but bless the families who wait to bring home the children who need homes... they are there. Praying that a miracle opens the door for them!

  8. I found your blog from Courtney's (wife of the rockstar). I am sometimes just drawn to a persons profile and I was by yours.

    This post is great. I have been feeling very convicted about not honoring the sabbath and I am making strides in my life to honor God more.



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Joshua 24:15

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