In Between the Holidays

Have you ever been in the middle of something & felt like you’re kind of in limbo?  Sometimes, I feel like this between Christmas and New Years.  There’s a nice exhale after all the frenzied Christmas flurry but I can also feel the New Year coming into focus, even though I’m not quite ready for that yet.

Limbo land is kind of a weird place.  It’s the middle area between starting & finishing, so it can be a short little jaunt, like a quick trip to the grocery store, or the entirety of life between birth & death.  When I think about this middle space, I’m reminded of lots of Bible folk who found themselves in this experience:

  • David in his flight from Saul lived for many years in this middle space, where God cultivated strength, committment & maturity in him.
  • Moses lived in limbo land between his flight from Pharoah and the burning bush, where it looks like some of his youthful hubris was deflated over the course of 40 years, making him ready for the burning bush experience that launched his destiny to liberate the Israelites from slavery and so much more!
  • Peter had some limbo time between when he betrayed Jesus and was reconciled to Him after Jesus’ resurrection;  perhaps those days helped Peter see his utter dependence on Jesus in sharp contrast to his frail flesh, being reconciled through the loving interaction with Jesus in the Q&A session about Peter’s love for Jesus

Let’s be sure to keep a laser focus on Jesus in between the holidays 🙂

Hot Topic: being human 

Have you had a busy week? Did you get a lot done this week? Are you frustrated that you didn’t get as much done as you think you need to?  

Take a deep breath with me for a moment. 

There’s a balance that we struggle to maintain: the balance between human being & human doing. With this thinking, our culture makes that balance very tricky. Heaps of stuff all around us tell us to get busy, be productive, don’t be lazy, achievements equal importance & significance is through activity. While there’s some truth is these ideas, the operative word is SOME. 

Let’s not forget that God’s first day with Adam was God’s day of rest, affirming the truth that we are foremost human beings, lovingly affirmed by our Creator. 

Be human & do balance 🙂

Last Plane

In the last 2 weeks, I’ve been in 5 states, 2 countries, through 5 time zone, one boat & 8 planes. Suffice it to say that I feel like I’ve been in a state of perpetual motion. It will be very nice to be still, read on my back porch, breath deeply, cook for my family & snuggle.
Maybe God would like some of that stillness with us as well. Clearly, we all have plenty of responsibilities that require our energies & focus, but let’s also be attentive to all let the engine idle. Running our lives in the red zone for too long isn’t good for anyone nor are we designed by our Creator to live in perpetual motion 🙂

To be still, to engage, hold hands, listen to birds, watch the clouds, center & exhale 🙂

Happy Monday to you!

  

I want to brighten your day!

Sometimes life can get kind of heavy duty.  We all have responsibilities, expectations, bills, challenges, frustrations, stressors, etc. Consequently, from time to time, it’s nice to have a little levity in the mix 🙂

So here’s my attempt to brighten your day and add a little fun for your weekend:

  • what happened when the glassblower inhaled?  He got a “pane” in his stomach 🙂
  • what do you call a cow with no legs?  ground beef 🙂
  • did you know that it’s biblical for men to make coffee?  He-brews 🙂
  • why did the tightrope walker visit the bank?  to check his balance 🙂
  • how did the Pacific Ocean greet the Atlantic Ocean?  he waved 🙂
  • what’s a shark’s favorite game?  swallow the leader 🙂

Ok my friends, I know these are a little (or a lot) cheesy, but hopefully you had a smile on a few of them to brighten your day.  In Proverbs 17:22, it says that a joyful heart is good medicine 🙂

Rest is sacred

We are currently taking a vacation w our kids for spring break & we are doing lots of nothing: reading, looking at the mtns, working on a puzzle & sleeping. I know that this sounds really lazy & it’s a bit challenging for me because I’m a rather active person.
Nevertheless, after God made the earth, the Bible says that He rested & even blessed the day of rest, declaring it holy. Rest is an essential ingredient for productive work. Indeed, rest can make your work more productive. To put the icing on the cake, God commands us to rest so let’s be obedient 🙂