Sunday, April 12, 2015

For Such a Time as This


“…And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” 
(Esther 4:14 NIV)

Like Esther, sometimes God leads us to a place we don’t want to be in and we can't help but wonder why. Join me in the conversation over at LifeNotes.

In Christ,
Laura

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I Am Undone - A Conversation with God


Me: God? Are You here?

God: I AM.

Me: I feel completely undone.

God: I know.

Me: I been trying so hard, but it doesn't seem to matter.

God: What you do does matter.

Me: But no one notices.

God: I notice.

Me: It feels like everything is falling apart.

God: You don't have to try so hard. You won't be able to be everything for everyone.

Me: I don't know when to keep trying and when to let go.

God: Right now, you need to let go. It's true—you are coming apart under the weight you've been carrying.

Me: What happens now? I'm always so tired.

God: Rest and lean into Me. In time, I will renew you, and your energy. You will emerge stronger...spiritually and emotionally.

Me: What about everything I've been trying to take care of?

God: I've got it. I will bring good from this...I promise.

Me: (whispering) Thank you, Lord.

God: Rest now. You are in My shelter.

Lord, thank You for bringing us into Your shelter whenever we need it. And especially when You know we need it. Thank You for picking up the pieces when we become undone under the weight and pressures of living in this world. 

Please continue to draw us to You, reminding us that we can't be everything to everyone. May our dependence on ourselves never become more important to us than our dependence on You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

If you feel yourself coming undone in your daily life, lean into the Lord. Let Him shelter and renew you...in His way and His time.

In Christ,
Laura  

Photo credit: K. Rath 2014


Friday, April 3, 2015

The Sealing of the Tomb


It’s the sound that gets me every year.

The loud SLAM! made to symbolize the closing of the tomb at the end of the Good Friday worship service.

Although I know to expect it, it makes me jump.

And then it makes me cry. Every. Year.

I know the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection follows…but I still feel sorrow.

I imagine how the disciples and the women who watched Jesus die on the cross must have felt—that sense of loss and desperate finality.

I’ve been thinking about those moments the tomb was sealed.
Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching. Matthew 27:59-61 NLT
Jesus—carefully and lovingly cared for and laid to rest. Instead of a loud SLAM…the scraping sound of rock against rock—sealing the tomb…the physical exertion and grief of moving the “great stone”…saying goodbye forever.

Jesus’ death and resurrection was prophesied, so I suppose they should have known it wasn’t final. And yet, grief can be too much for our human minds and emotions, can’t it?

As a believer, I know God brings about life through death. And that Truth brings comfort and strength in my darkest moments. I wonder how much harder it is for someone who does not know Christ.

The resurrection could not come without Jesus first going to the cross and then the grave.

“It is finished.” Jesus declared.

And because Jesus conquered death, we have life.

Thank You, Lord Jesus! May we never forget the sacrifice You paid for our sins. Even while we are still sinners, You never stop pursuing us. May those who have yet to know You find You pursuing them…and come to know You as their Lord and Savior. Amen.

In Christ,
Laura

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

God Renews


Renew is my One Word for 2015. I didn't choose it. God chose it for me.

I didn't even hear Him at first, even though I'd been asking Him what my word would be. Thankfully, He is patient and will keep repeating Himself.

It was during a worship service between Christmas and New Year's when I finally realized Renew wasn't just a word that kept coming to mind. It was MY word for the new year.

In that moment of realization, I felt uplifted. Renew sounded hopeful and full of possibilities.

I'm excited to be sharing with the One Word 365 community today. I hope you'll join me there to continue reading my story.

In Christ,
Laura