Saying Yes to a Little Rest


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We should all say, Yes to a little rest!!!

Originally posted on Coffee with a Shot of Faith:

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It is useless for you to work hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest for his loved ones. Psalm 127:2

There is a phrase I have heard many times during my years in both lay and pastoral ministry: You can be doing many “good” things, but they may not all be “God” things.

Lately, I have been doing many “good” things. So many that my calendar has not one day on which something is not scheduled. I am going to school. Training to mentor women in crisis. Mentoring in my community. Spending a weekend away with my husband. Visiting my brother.

I certainly believe all of these “good” things are also God ordained.

But in the midst of this hustle and bustle, I have also done some not so “good” things.

In my busyness I have rushed my kids…

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Breakfast with Jesus


Originally posted on Real Christianity:

Last night after thinking about my coffee with God in the morning, I pulled aside my grandmother’s rocking chair. I put a pillow on it, and another next to it that I got when I first found Him. “You know someone who can walk on water, What good is it unless you follow in is footsteps.”  The pillow was straight staring at me this morning. The rocking chair which I pulled next to my bed for use in the morning for my time with God somehow became God’s chair sometime in the middle of the night.

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“Well, aren’t we going to study,” Jesus said

I gulped my coffee, “Ummmmm yes.”

“Well, you got me the chair didn’t you? Let’s have some coffee and chat”

Ok Lord.

So like a child I opened my bible and peeked at the chair, and kept peeking over.

“Go on” He said.

Ok Lord…

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I’m a lawyer…so what


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“I’m still the round peg in the square hole. Still care about people. Will still risk getting burned to do the right thing, not the popular thing. I still don’t care that I have a fancy and overpriced piece of paper that somehow makes me important. And I realize that this is what makes me different and why God uses me in the strangest of ways.” – Real Christianity

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It’s funny, even before I became a follower of Jesus, I never thought much about being an attorney. Although for many years I was defined by what I did, it was the fighter in me that mattered the most. I represented children in foster care for many years, deep-end children who suffered every affliction known to man. And I found a lot of healing for myself through representing them. I tried my best to be an all around advocate, a friend, a someone to them. And I always used to get the same response, “You’re really an attorney?”

Later when I became an assistant public defender, I got used to hearing the term public “pretender.” It’s definitely humorous at first blush but when you’re working in the system not so much since it implies that you are a fake lawyer. Not good enough. A less than.

One particular day I…

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Dancing with Jesus


Originally posted on I Sing Because I'm Free:

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I had the most amazing experience!

A prayer of mine had finally been answered, and I was filled with joy- so much so, that I couldn’t stop smiling!  When I woke up the next day, I was still smiling.  I didn’t call anyone to share the news- I chose to spend the day with Him.  I did ordinary, everyday tasks- but His presence was with me all day.

You will show me the way of life,
    granting me the joy of your presence
    and the pleasures of living with you forever  Psalm 16:11

I had to drive into town and run a few errands- nothing special- but He was there. I remember there being lots of road work and traffic- things that would normally irritate me- but as I sat there in the car, I felt His hand in mine.  It didn’t matter what I did or where…

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As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their “right” place.”
Henri Nouwen

Why being Jewish and Loving Jesus is hard


Originally posted on Real Christianity:

I wasn’t planning on writing a post tonight, but God in His great mercy has allowed me this forum to put my thoughts out there in the universe. Part of getting healthy for me has been getting honest, and learning who I am in God’s kingdom.

It’s been a great dichotomy to be a Jew living in South Florida who believes in Jesus. Around these parts, it would be more acceptable to be gay, single or dead then to be a Jewish girl who believes in Jesus. And it’s nights like these that it hits me hard.

Many Christians don’t understand how I feel. Jews don’t either. Quite frankly, very few people understand how I feel, and at times it makes me sad. I imagine it’s similar to the feeling that one feels when they are coming out as gay. You feel a huge sense of relief for finally telling the…

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John 14:12-14 (Greater Things)

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Originally posted on The River Walk:

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“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” (John 14:12-14)

Read: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:39 – 2:40

Relate: The Fifth Crusade was well underway when a surprising lay recruit showed up in the camp in the summer of 1219. Today he is best known for the apocryphal stories of him preaching to animals and for his work among lepers. In his own day he was best known for his voluntary poverty and founding an order of “lesser brothers” who did the same. Either way, Francis of Assisi was the last person…

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