October 23, 2014

DAY TWENTY FOUR - DARE (A Five Minute Friday post)

It's Friday (or Thursday evening, technically!) and that means another installment of Five Minute Friday!  Surely you know that this is our routine here! Every week, there is a Gathering of Awesome... a Flashmob of Kindred, if you will, where we come together and all free write, for five minutes flat, with One Single Word as our prompt!  It is to be done with little to no editing or rethinking... just see the word, and tap out our hearts... (Easy Peasy, right?)  It proves to be a bit more challenging when pairing it up during October for the #Write31Days challenge - but, once again, I am up for it!  

Here is our Word Prompt: DARE


We just spent a few days digging in to some of the 'easier' and the 'harder' ways to enter in to His Rest. It is by no means a complete list.  I ended yesterdays' post like this:
I think if we pay attention to these "Easy" and "Hard" ways and put them into action, we'll soon become a people of Rest... a people who can offer Rest to those around us, out of the overflow of the abundant life that He pours over and into us!
It's not about what we DO...
but about Whose we ARE!

A friend asked me the other day what "Rest" meant to me and can I tell you, my definition has changed as this month has unfolded? 

TWENTY THREE - "Harder Ways" Part 3

I promise this is the last post on the 'Harder than you think" ways to enter in to Resting in Him!  We covered other ways in Part 1, and Part 2, and today we will wrap up with 2 more ways that are Hard, but if we will be intentional about them - Rest will not elude us!

Let's dive right in!

October 22, 2014

DAY TWENTY TWO - "Harder Ways" - Part 2

On Tuesday, we dug in to Part 1 - talking about the Hard Ways to Enter in to Resting in Him (plus, there is a Giveaway!) You can read that post HERE.

As a quick review, we covered one Hard Way:
Renewing Your Mind! I shared about how this takes work and practice, but the rewards are worth the effort!
Now let's move on...

October 21, 2014

DAY TWENTY ONE - "Harder Ways" Part 1 (+ A Giveaway)

You GUYS!!!  How cool is this: 

(I know, right? Keep reading...)

So - this is Day 21 in the series 31 Days of Resting in Him, and this is where we dive in to the Harder Ways to enter in to His Rest and the simple truth is this:

Sometimes (most times, really) it takes work.

I am breaking this down into three parts because - ouch...
but to make it a little less painful, there is also this:
Stay tuned to the end to enter to win a Prize of $50.00 to be used towards the new line of Words Matter Letterpress Blocks by Dayspring.

October 20, 2014

DAY TWENTY - "Easier Ways" Part 2

So, last week we dove in to Part 1 where we touched on a few of the "Easier Ways" to enter in to His Rest... you can re-read that HERE...

Today, let's go beyond the counting gifts, being thankful, and just breathing Him in... 

I am sure - at least I pray, that each of us have experienced a season with the Lord where things just fell into place and you knew that you knew that you knew that He loved you.  A time when prayers were answered quickly, and His Presence was thick around you.  It may have just been one service, conference or meeting, or - if you are lucky blessed - it was a longer, fuller season... 

It's in those times when we KNOW that He is close and that there is no distance between us, no gap, no sin, nothing hidden or in the way... it's in those times that entering in to His Rest is easy.

October 19, 2014

DAY NINETEEN - Counting On... Join me!

Welcome back to a Sunday post... a rare thing around these parts, but it is October and that means #Write31Days and we are continuing on with our new tradition... 

Counting Gifts... Slowing Down Time!

October 18, 2014

DAY EIGHTEEN - Sabbath Rest - Be Still!

Here we are - gathered again, on the Sabbath.

I have written about Listening Prayer a few times here on this blog and today, I invite you to do a little of it with me! 

You will be amazed at how little time it actually takes... how, when we are still and we ask Him a question and truly listen and wait... He is right there, by our side... ready to answer!

That Thing I Do Now - Vol 66

Happy Weekend, everyone! My Honey and I are celebrating twenty-two years of wedded bliss this weekend! Yes, we got married in glorious October! (#Swoon!)  I hope you are enjoying some Fall celebrating of your own... even if it is just something yummy to drink while enjoying something good to read... oh wait, I can help with that! 

Featured today are posts by Sarah Bessey, Robin Dance, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Lisa Gungor, and the #Write31Days blogger who is somewhat new to me: Renee Ratcliffe... and - of course - a video!

Happy Reading! 

(Ya'll know to click on the authors' names to read their whole posts, yes?)

October 16, 2014

DAY SEVENTEEN - LONG (A Five Minute Friday post)

It is Friday again... (or technically, Thursday night!)  This simply means that I have been partyin' it up over on Twitter (#fmfparty) and we are all writing for Five Minutes flat, all using the same one word... let's see how we can write this in to the series of Resting in Him...

Our Word Prompt is: LONG


I've said it over and over, how it doesn't take Long... how all we must do is turn our attention to Him, and He is there. (He is always there!)  

After over a decade, the Lord asked me to lay down my Prayer group and join a new Bible Study.  I have loved on and lived with these women for years... I raised my girlie with them at my side, praying me through, and we were tight.  

Still, when He asks you to give something up, you can trust Him that He knows what He is doing and that, in the end, it will be worth it!  I still love those women... but I am meeting new friends and excited at the opportunities to pour into new people.

We are studying the Lord's prayer.  So powerful, and yet - so familiar!  This week, we got stuck on "Hallowed by Thy Name..." (Not a bad place to get 'stuck'!)

The leader of our study asked us to do something unusual.  She asked us all to actually speak out loud... to actually SAY "Hallowed be Thy Name"... "Holy is Your Name"... 

We spoke it over and over and all of the sudden, I could tangibly feel His Presence... I could feel Him getting bigger in me.

When I asked Him what He was doing, this is what He said:

"When you Hallow My Name,

I hollow out more room for Me,
for My Presence... I swell in you!"

DAY SIXTEEN - Some "Easier Ways" - Part 1

If we are honest, really honest - don't we actually want Him to just make it easyAt least, that is what we think we want!

I try to be transparent around here and I remember a few years back coming to a revelation that, in raising our Girlie, I had fallen for the lie that we were doing everything right. (Thus - you know, assuring things would be... easy.  Or at least easier!)  Yeah... no

That just set us up for some rude awakenings. Our Girlie is, was, and always has been amazing... but she, like us, is also amazingly human. Human with free choice and that means some stellar choices, and some less than brilliant ones! I know, right? Join the club! So why were we so surprised?

When we allowed God to help us get over ourselves and all of our own hopes and expectations of her, and love her like He does... well, the way I began praying shocked me.  I have always prayed for her, over her, with her... I always thought I wanted to protect my girlie and to do all I could to give her a safe and easy life. 

But I don't pray that way anymore!
(#SorryNotSorry, Girlie!)

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