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Wednesday, September 10 2014

Okay, okay, okay I admit it. I’m obsessed with looking at my daughter’s wedding pictures. One, they are REALLY good!!! (Thank you Eileen and Phillip Blume!)  Because of their quality, I feel like I am ‘there’ experiencing it all over again. And even better, because I can see clearer and more completely what took place that evening through the eyes of others, different lenses and through my (finally) rested eyesight!

What joy! What beauty! What fun! It truly is hard to find words enough to describe the feelings.

As I’m looking, reflecting and pondering the events, through the pictures, God whispers in my heart...”this is only a SMALL glimpse of what our wedding will be like”…. WHAT?  I am flush with attention…He’s taking my breath away! You mean…this feeling…this beauty…is only the beginning?

In one quick instant, with a few ‘words’ directly downloaded into my heart, God spoke volumes to me.  He loves weddings….because He is eagerly awaiting our final betrothal to Him, where nothing separates us.

The anticipation we all felt for my daughter’s wedding from the month’s of preparation, the sacrifice of time and money (and sleep) to the joy of the moment, the beauty of the vows and the celebration.  What an unforgettable time!  All of these events parallel our preparation to meet our Heavenly Father face to face! What our waiting here on earth is really all about.

And as we wait, we are to eagerly tell others about our wedding day (and invite them all to come)! He doesn’t want ONE of His children to miss experiencing the joy, the beauty, the breathtaking experience of meeting Him face to face and knowing his perfect love and partnership. He has already done His part and infinitely more in preparation for this special day. He extends the ‘engagement ring’ to each of us. All we have to do is say ‘yes’ and ponder the day when we will be finally wed.

I don’t think there are good enough words to describe it …but think of the best you can come up with…and it will top that!!! Exceedingly and abundantly more…..WOW!!!

I think I’ll go look at some more pictures now….


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Benefits of Weariness


WOW! How weary I am. And so are many of you. I know because I hear your cries: in my office, on the phone, online, in church, at the grocery store, you name it! So much of what I hear from people today is about how tired, weary, and worn-out they feel.

Then again, you may not feel weary;  instead you may feel anxious, depressed, scared, lonely, angry, or any mixture of these emotions. Perhaps these are more your prominent feelings.


However you may feel, it’s too easy to look for the source or to find blame: social media; busy schedules; technology; work/family demands; the causes are endless. Of course, these have validity, and we can certainly manage them in more appropriate and successful ways.


Yet, as I sit with God today, in my quiet time, and look over my journals, what I see is the benefit of weariness—the benefit of our broken feelings and situations.

 I see, time and time again, over the years (yes, I am rebellious and slow-learning, and God is very, very patient), God working in me and through me, enabling me to receive His antidote to this tough life and all of its problems. 


It is so simple; and yet it is so hard.


It is HIM: Jesus; always more of Him.


“But,” you say, “Angel, I have to know what to do with my children,” or, “Angel, these bills are piling up,” or, “Angel, you don’t have a CLUE of how bad it really is.”


And I will say, “You are right, I don’t. And you are correct, these things need to be taken care of.” 


BUT FIRST, we have a larger need. Oh, the catch is it doesn’t appear like the larger need. Our core need, before bills, children, purpose in life, change in our feelings, is to be convinced, truly convinced and accepting of God’s love for us and our identity as His children.


And your heart and head may rebel like mine did.


“BUT, I need to know the answer to my problem.” 

And Jesus says:

“I am the answer.”

“I am so tired.”

And Jesus says:

“I know. Let me restore you.”

“I am afraid.”

And Jesus says:

“I know, and my love will take care of that.”


That just doesn’t seem like much; doesn’t seem like enough, when we are about to be evicted or our kids are in harm’s way. That support just doesn’t seem practical enough for our human brains to rest on.


Perhaps then we’ve hit on the real source or problem of our weariness: ourselves. You and me believing that if we work hard enough, try enough, worry enough, take enough time to figure it out, talk enough to that person, ignore it long enough—whatever your “enough” is—WE can fix it. The true problem is that it’s all about US!


We want to stay in the driver’s seat and be our own savior. Or we look to other humans to be that for us. If we believe our answer lies in us or other humans, we are likely to stay in that “out of control” anxious space, and the weariness or depression or addictions are bound to take over. There can only be one driver in our car of life.


The benefit of our struggle is to be wooed into the true solution. Life’s struggles are an invitation to know God more intimately. As we allow Jesus, who is ALIVE, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, to become more real for us, more tangible, as we take Him at His word (Hebrews 13:5), as we choose to focus on Him and His promises, instead of the problems or feelings we are having, then we start to experience the reality of His presence with us.  With this, we begin to experience the peace He promises.

Why? Because our problems have been solved? The bills have all been paid? The feelings change?

NO…  peace comes from HIS presence. And in that place of peace we can see clearer, hear more accurately, and receive wisdom and direction.


As we “bend our knee” to Jesus’ love, dare to take Him at His word (John 3:16), choose to look to Him and depend on Him, and keep (John 17) depending on Him, then His life-blood starts to flow through us. It revives us, directs us, and transforms our thinking and feelings. Then life and all of its troubles, which are many (John 16:33), become manageable, doable.


Breath comes; rest comes; peace comes.


In this place new life springs forth. New ideas emerge and joy is eventually restored.


Struggling today? Rejoice in it, because it is calling you back home. Home to His heart of love (Romans 8:38-39), the place of true peace and rest. 

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