Faces and Masks

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Ephesians 4:25Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Getting to know people is always a long trip home.  Then again, sometimes it works out as a long kiss goodbye.  Obsessed with presenting ourselves in the best light possible.  Now that I have finally watched “The Hunger Games” it all makes sense.

What a travesty of faith!  Why work so hard to impress other people when we are set free in refreshing honesty?

So what is this new bondage of masks?


Are you hurting?

Are you hurting? 
Romans 12:19 ESV

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Ephesians 4:32 ESV
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Matthew 5:44 ESV
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

God’s Word and my flesh do mot seem to be in harmony in this area! That prompts me to evaluate my response. 

If and when another person huts mr, I have the immediate need to vent my frustration. Then I want to reassess what has been said and get to the root of the hurt. 

A few months ago, someone I believed to be a friend spoke a litany of untruths about my daughter and I to a wide audience at various venues. 
The entire episode was so hurtful that I asked God to release me from attending our Church. I love our Church more than any other on earth! And I have been to many!
The direct result was a fallout of about fifteen women over nineteen weeks. 

This morning, one of the ladies I trust communicated in a way that brought all that pain and hurt flooding back. Old wounds are such a mess if not treated right!

As a result of that, I am making a firm decision to call people out on their actions and attending to issues sooner rather than later! 
I thank God for walking me through this phase and allowing to learn hard truths and facts for myself. 

No one has the right or power to bring or cause damage to us in any shape or form. A follower of Christ continues to face challenges but is not subject to pointless suffering. Could this be the unattractive and weak Gospel some of sell to the world?  How does Jesus Christ view this?
I shudder at the thought of playing martyrdom as I lose my faith foundation. Could this be the reason why we have faith ‘oceans wide but inches deep’? 

Penning off for prayer and worship,

The Rest

Psalm 127:2 ESV

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

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Poolside bliss

Mark 6:31 ESV

And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.

Proverbs 3:24 ESV

If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

 God’s Word gives us the best perspective on rest.  So why do we find it so hard to take a break?  Could it be our ‘work hard’ and ‘get-it-done’ upbringing?  I really think so. 

It also stems from our personal goal-setting – being counted and accepted as achievers in life.  When you run yourself down towards empty.  At that point, I make tons of mistakes, my handwriting is illegible and my patience rather thin!

The likely next step is catching the latest cold or flu, even a tummy bug.  Then before you know it, you are calling in sick and wish you took every chance to rest!  So why do I do it?  Guilt.  I guilt myself into slaving away at meaningless tasks and keeping busy, that is, until I drop into bed – late at night, then start the cycle again!

This week, I really learned my lesson!  it all started two weeks ago, when I called in at the clinic, feeling really unwell.  A young male doctor sent me home with a large dose of medication and I lay in bed for the rest of the day, shocked at the diagnosis.  I was so upset, I actually wept.  I got worse over the weekend and decided to seek another opinion, as my ankles swelled up and fatigue kept me inactive.

In the process, we lost power every single day from sundown to ten at night. No news or light entertainment.  Lots of candle light suppers and family chit-chat.  Feet up, I took plenty of rest!

Every evening I took in the horrific sight of my slightly swollen ankles, then in pure frustration, I called my health insurance and sought out another doctor for a second opinion.  I went in yesterday, bright and ready for the likely diagnosis of a weak heart or kidney or both!  Staying in prayer, I strode in and the doctor, a childhood friend asked if I was visiting.  Within minutes, the results were out – the medication was the cause of my unsightly ankles. 

Armed with new tablets and a new lease on life, I left, thanking and praising God out of pure relief, took my tablets as soon as I got home and went to bed (okay) a little late.

This morning, I woke up to a new lease of life.  Slim ankles, fresh face and clear eyes.   More energy, a sense of purposeful rest and more relief.  Determined to enjoy my rest more than ever and reminded, I do not have to do it alone – my husband loves to help and I enjoy the two of us working side by side.

I thank God for rest and so should you!

I am off for now but coming soon – great holiday breaks and ideas!