Burdens and Bubbles

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I haven’t posted in a long while. Haven’t been able to keep up with reading any other blogs either.

I got busy and life turned crazy and suddenly I found myself in a bubble.

A bubble that consisted of all work and no play.

But now…

I am praising God for a day of rest.

No obligations.

No to-do list.

Just time to contemplate the goodness of the One who breaks chains and brings freedom to those held captive.

When we bind ourselves to Him, we are not bound by anyone or anything. 

He rescues us, just like He rescued the Israelites in days long past.

“I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. In your distress you called and I rescued you…” Psalm 81:6-7

When we call on His name, like a child blowing bubbles into the air, our prayers rise to heaven.

And we know we’ve been heard because the One who makes the sun to rise and set, gives us days like this.

Days of pure joy. When we are released from the cares and concerns of this life.

Hearts set free.

Watching our burdens drift far, far away.

Finding Rest On The Roller Coaster

It took me a while to get to the door. Sore throat and lack of sleep from the night before had me cocooning under the covers seeking comfort for the aches and pains in my body and spirit.

I peeked out the window and noticed the words first. State Trooper in big, black letters on the side of the vehicle in front of my house. My heart raced as my mind turned to my husband. Was he okay? I tried to call him as I was unlocking the door. No answer.

Now, here was the officer standing on my front porch. And before he could speak, I felt my sore throat closing even tighter. The grip of fear choking me as he confirmed my name. And then the question.

“Do you have a son named Brandon?”

I sighed a relieved “No.” Then he uttered something that took my emotions from rising to falling in a split second.

“That’s good. I’m glad I didn’t have to give you the bad news.”

I immediately felt sorrow for the lady who will have to answer “Yes” to the State Trooper’s question.  Brandon’s mother, who will open the door to the bad news she has no idea is coming her way.

I am praying now for her and for all of us who have found ourselves on this roller coaster ride called life, gripped with fear and wondering if God can hear our screams for help.

Because we are human and sometimes it’s hard to remember the high’s when we are low, remember that He is still in control.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that someone sent me this quote and scripture verse in an email yesterday.

“Don’t worry about the future – worry quenches the work of grace within
you. The future belongs to God. He is in charge of all things. Never second
guess Him.” Francois Fenelon


Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

And then I came across this post, encouraging me to remember that there is hope. That there is still good to be found, though it often emerges at the most unlikely times.

Yes, life is a roller coaster. But through all the ups and downs, God is strong and steady and He can create beauty out of the chaos when we least expect it.

So maybe today is the day?

Maybe. But even if it’s not, we can rest assured that God is with us speaking peace in the midst of the storm.

“This IS the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Are You A Taker?

Last week was a time to unwind. unplug. undo the knots that can leave us twisted up inside if we don’t take time to take time.

So we gave ourselves a chance to breathe. We gave up the fast pace so we could slow down and receive the gift that comes to us when we come to Him.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 

Sometimes, it’s ok to be a taker. Because when we accept His grace – when we allow ourselves to be renewed and re-fueled by the Giver of all good things – only then do we have the energy and the means to give to others.

Dear Lord, help us know when it’s time to give and when it’s time to take. Restore us. Renew our spirits. Let us find in you the rest we need. Amen.

Quiet Places

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23: 1-3

I read this article today by Anne Simpkinson on The Power of Silence.

It made me think about how much our spirit craves quiet and how, too often, we feed it a fast-food diet of noise and distraction. But God calls us to stillness.

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

There are times when stress can weigh us down, leave us starved for strength and struggling to breathe. There is only one thing that can lift our weary heads and revive our weakened hearts. We need a retreat. And He is our example.

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16

We need to find a place of solitude. A place where we can settle ourselves down at the feet of Jesus and find true rest, healing and renewal. Have you found that place?

Today, I am enjoying a long-awaited and welcome rain. And, with it, silence.

Is your spirit craving silence today? Ask the Lord to show you how to make time for quiet contemplation and prayer. Be blessed!

Our Shelter

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”- Psalm 91:1

Ahhh…rest. We all need it. I’ve been on vacation, which, by the way, is why I’ve been quiet for the past week or so. And now I need more rest than ever. It was fun but pretty exhausting at the same time.

I’ve found that vacations don’t always equal relaxation. And, often, what we are really seeking is rest for our weary souls. The kind that only comes from spending time with our Creator. He is our source of peace. Only He can provide the shelter and rest we need.

Lord, today, help us all look to you to fill the deepest desires of our hearts. Help us to escape from the chaos of the world around us and find rest in the shelter of your wings.