On a recent backcountry paddling trip I found myself on a cool early morning sitting underneath a tarp to shelter myself from the wind and rain while everyone slept. This tarp was lying on my head and back and pressing down because the wind was brutally strong that morning. It began pressing down on three sides as I sat there. At times I felt it was going to shove or topple me over because it was stronger than I. I decided to stay there because I felt it still provided me some shelter even though it was becoming extremely difficult to hold on. The tarp was no longer tight to resist the wind because one rope that was tied down had broken lose.
Life can press down extremely hard on us to where we feel like we are suffocating and we are going to break. We can no longer hold on. It may come in fast and hard or it may happen gradually. But no matter the speed it comes at us it will suffocate us until we feel we are barely breathing. Life will eventually push us from side to side until it pushes us from all directions. We will feel weighted down. We may feel we are carrying many burdens and some may not even be our own. If we do not release some of our burdens, something is going to give or snap.
The Lord helps the fallen and lifts up those bent beneath their loads. Psalm 145:14
Christ is the one who can come in and cut the rope that is pulling the burden on top of us and take all of our burdens away; setting us free. Our burdens are lifted one by one until the pressing weight is gone. It does not matter what our burdens are Christ will take every single one of them. He frees us from them. But we must go to him and ask for his help. Ask him to release the weight pressing in on us. Some burdens may stick around for a little while even if we ask for them to be released. Our burdens and most difficult times can help us to become a better person, make us stronger and help develop in us qualities that prepare us for the future.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
If you feel the world is pressing down on you from all sides or you are carrying some heavy burdens, rest easy and allow Christ to give you rest. He loves each of us very much and does not want to see us suffer. Walk with Christ today and every day in your journey.
Blessings to each of you, Lynda
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Healing comes in many ways; physical, emotional, or spiritual. There are moments we would rather escape whatever we are dealing with but the best feeling of all is when we have complete healing. I have been through healings in all three ways. As the hour rapidly approaches on the eve of my foot surgery, I am reminded of healing and escape. I tried for many months to escape the obvious and take a noninvasive approach but unfortunately sometimes life does not work out the way we would like. Therefore, I am facing having several screws put in to repair a break between several metatarsals. I am not fond of the idea of having a lengthy recovering period because I just want to strap on my running shoes and go for a run which I have not been able to do since February. No one likes a lengthy healing process. We all like quick fixes so we can get back to doing what we want to do. I know most of you will agree life is not fair. But we were never promised fair, perfect, or a happy life. Now, I will have to say how I injured my foot is a funny story and I had fun until the pop I heard and excruciating pain that followed. I was racing my husband in an inflatable obstacle course. When I yelled out for him, he thought I wanted him to stop so I could get ahead which is exactly something I would have done but not in this case. I could say life is not fair but this was purely an accident and things in life just happen. We just have to learn to live with what comes our way and make the best of it. One positive thing I can think of about tomorrow is as soon as this is done I can finally start the healing process and be one step closer to running again.
There will be times when the healing process is painful, freeing, or wonderful. But if we allow Christ to walk with us during this time it will make it a little more bearable. He has compassion for us and do not like to see us hurting. He gives us freedom to heal. Life may not be fair but with Christ we can overcome anything that comes our way. If you are dealing with whether to escape or to begin the healing process. Trust me, take that step towards Christ and allow him to heal you today.
Blessings to each of you this week in your journey.
Good, bad, uneasy feelings, gentle nudges, small inner voice telling us what to do. We all get them, the question is do we listen or pay attention to them. There are usually reasons why they are there. When we get ready to do something, do we have an uneasy feeling or hear that small inner voice saying no? Are we quiet or still long enough to hear it? Are we too busy or doing our own thing to feel it? These may just be our warning signs trying to stop us from doing something we should not do. Like tuning a radio station to come in clear we must tune ourselves to hear God. This will have to be a daily task until it becomes a habit. God speaks to each of us differently. What works for me may not work for you. For me, I have experienced each of these ways at different times. It is never the same. I do know that when I wake up in the morning, turn the radio off in the car or sit still outside on my patio thoughts flood my mind. Of course, I have to weed through these thoughts to remove my “to do list” and focus on God. A lot of times, he is the one flooding my mind with godly thoughts and guidance of what he wants me to do. Some people may say they have to be hit by a two by four to hear God’s direction for their lives. Others may say they feel a gentle nudge or deep down they know if their decision is right or wrong. We all have the privilege of God speaking to each of us through his Word and receiving guidance through the Holy Spirit. There were several people in the Bible that God spoke to directly but the one I love hearing the most is Elijah.
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13
Elijah knew that the gentle whisper was God’s voice. He found out that God is not only found in powerful ways but quiet ways as well. We may miss God if we only look for him in powerful and miraculous ways. He is mostly found in the gentle whispers in our soul. He wants us to sit still long enough to hear him. If we do not hear him, we need to take a step away from the noise and the busyness of our lives and listen for that still, quiet voice.
I pray you will be able to find some time this week to tune your mind and sit still to hear his voice. He will guide your life if you let him.
Blessings to you in your journey, Lynda
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Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
1 Peter 3:3-4
Most people at some point in their life wanted to be attractive. But we were only seeking to be beautiful or handsome on the outside. This is artificial and does not last. We must seek beauty within ourselves. Learning to be pure, gentle, loving, and becoming Christlike in everything we do along with a true inner spirit is the most important thing we should strive for in life.
While on a paddling trip in Minnesota, we had to hike multiple portages to get from one lake to another. While on one portage with a backpack strapped to my back, I looked down and caught a glimpse of something red among a sea of green. It was tiny in comparison to the green that surrounded it; it was about the size of half my thumb. Now with this heavy pack on my back and with several people trailing behind me the only thing I could do to get a photo of it was to sit my camera on the ground, focus and quickly snap the photo of the above mushroom. I had never seen one as beautiful as this one before but it definitely is an eye catcher and has abundant beauty. I have had a difficult time identifying it so I am not sure if it is poisonous or not.
Something can be beautiful and attractive on the outside but deadly on the inside. Whether we feel we were born with outside beauty or not, we need to know we are all beautiful in the eyes of God and we should all take time to develop true beauty within. Do not let the poison or evil destroy us through our attitudes, character or personality. If we always seek to be Christlike and keep God the center of our lives, we will shine a beauty that cannot be found anywhere. Christ will always shine within our lives if we let him.
Let his glory and beauty shine within your life. Seek him today and always.
Blessings to each of you in your journey this week. Lynda