My mom gave me this book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young for Christmas. Last year a local Christian radio station read from it daily and I was often so encouraged by her words. She took her own prayer journal and her increased awareness God’s daily presence in her life and created a devotional filled with Jesus’ words to her and us that we would have a greater sense of “God with us.” Each day is written as if Jesus were speaking directly to us. Because He is.
Today’s words are taken from Isaiah 41:10, Zephaniah 3:17 and Psalm 34:19
The world is too much with you, My child. Your mind leaps from problem to problem to problem, tangling your thoughts in anxious knots. When you think like that, you leave Me out of your world-view and your mind becomes darkened. Though I yearn to help, I will not violate your freedom. I stand silently in the background of your mind, waiting for you to remember that I am with you.
When you turn from your problems to My Presence, your load is immediately lighter. Circumstances may not have changed, but we carry your burdens together. Your compulsion to ‘fix’ everything gives way to deep, satisfying connection with Me. Together we can handle whatever this day brings.
I love this reminder from some of my favorite passages of scripture. I will travel lighter today, sharing my burdens with the One who carries them with me.
I had the privilege of hearing Audrey Assad perform downtown this week. The young singer / songwriter gave a great performance and delighted her hearers.
I discovered her a few years back via a friend and have come to appreciate her heart felt lyrics that sing of a real human experience. She joked in her concert the other night that most of her songs are sad .. I disagree, I believe they’re about life, our experience, and yet they point to God where our hope is found.
I’ll drop in a few links here to some of my favorites (at the moment). You can check out her website as well here.
I just added some much needed color and cheer to the front porch … summer is coming!
I just realized I have less than 10 days before school gets out for my kindergartner … knowing how much I love the few hours I get each day at home alone … I must also use this time to get ready for the change that is right around the corner! Kids home, free time, pool time, bike rides, library reading program.
Things on my to do list include:
-find a summer bible study (for me and for the girls)
-reading plan for girls (Justin Taylor has put some great reading lists for kids on his blog recently, click here to view)
-organizing plan for girls rooms and attic (and basement too)
BLOGGING .. I hope to do much more regular blogging this summer. I want to experiment more with my camera and share my work here as well as what I continue to learn!