Three times in our passage from this week, Jesus tells us not to be anxious. “But why?” I imagine Jesus knew we would ask that, so He gave us the answer… three times.
There’s something captivating about a good story. And while good writing helps, and a good story arc is important, it’s the characters in those stories that can truly make it compelling. Better yet, when we see the depth of who they are, we are drawn into the story being told.
God has big plans for His church, this community and beyond, and I’m here to invite you in to be a part of it with me and the rest of the staff as we follow Him into the beautiful and inspiring Kingdom work He has for each and every one of us—regardless of who you are, where you’ve been, or where you’re headed.
Volunteers ran carnival games inside the gym, where kids were able to throw darts at balloons, fish for prizes, and throw glow-in-the-dark rings at pirate hooks. Families enjoyed cotton candy (thank you volunteers for premaking it!) and popcorn. On their way out, each child was given a mini-pumpkin decorating kit and information about Harvest.
A few Fridays ago, we had a blast at our Harvest Family Fun Night! It was so memorable to see young kids in our community having fun with their parents and siblings! We had balloons flying, popcorn popping, exciting music, and fun competitions!
As a church family we are heading down this road, we are committed to keeping on the road. We are committed to listening to the Lord and continue to listen to Him and follow His directions. There may be times that a fog comes and settles in and we begin to wonder where things are, but we must not give up fighting for and pressing into clarity.
Each of one us is unique. The way we rest is unique too. There is not a perfect format, rule list, or way to practice the rhythm of rest. If you are trying too hard to rest "the right way," then it's probably not restoring your soul, mind, and body in the way it's meant to. Sabbath is not about resting perfectly but resting in the One who is perfect.
The rhythm of generosity comes from both giving and receiving. There is no shame in being in need, no shame in receiving gifts that have been generously and lovingly given. If you, as a valued part of the body of Christ are in need, reach out. And to those of you, in the body of Christ, who have much, give generously to those in need.
This past year was especially difficult for my family. There were many months in which we didn't know if and how we were going to pay our bills, feed our family, pay for my husband's multiple back surgeries...or even pay for then shoes my son needed.
It would have been easy to think... If we don't tithe this month...than we can pay off our hospital debt instead of having to make payments for a few more months...we can ... we need...we can...