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Rest

I must have rewritten this blog about five times by now.  All on different topics, all things that are going on in my life or the world around us.  But none of them felt right…..

So instead, this is probably going to be the shortest blog ever.  Why?  Because I am in a season right now where I feel God is calling me to slow down, relax, rest in Him.  And I can’t help but wonder if this is something we could all benefit from, especially with the holidays quickly approaching.  So instead of listening to me ramble on about something I think you might like to hear, how about instead we take several moments together and just be, be in God’s presence, forgetting all we have to do, or who to be, just focusing on Him and the amazing love He has given to all of us. 

I’m serious… 5 minutes, put your electronic device down… (and here are some things to focus on if needed):

-Focus just on breathing, thank God that you are breathing and that he continues to give you breath.

-Focus on the amazing job God did with creation, the world around us is lovely and often times can be forgotten because of so many distractions in our daily lives.

-Focus on the many blessings in your life, we all can find an abundance of wonderful things going on in our lives, if we take time to  look for them. 

Matthew 11:28-30
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  (MSG)

Blessings,
Lorie Richards
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It's Okay Mama...

Have you ever had one of those days, weeks or even months where you feel like you are getting hit from all sides?  Things not going well at work, or with your family or your health?  Pressure to do this or be that?

In a world that seems pretty broken right now, many of us are dealing with an overwhelming amount of icky stuff.   It isn’t a coincidence that we see the phrase “You Got This” on wall art, shirts, and mugs everywhere.  People need reassurance that it’s going to be okay.

A few weeks ago I hit my foot on something and it hurt pretty bad, my attentive three year old came over to make sure I was okay and while patting my foot said “It’s Okay Mama...I Love You” as if her loving me would make my foot all better.  But, somehow for a little bit, it did!  My heart filled up with so much love that I had forgotten about my foot and was only in awe of this compassionate little girl, who I am blessed to call my child.

God loves us, all of us, (and not just a little bit, an enormous incomprehensible amount).  We can take comfort in that fact when things aren’t the best, and we feel like we can’t take much more, “It’s Okay ________(fill in your name here) ...... I Love You”  It may not make the situation better right away, but it may take the sting out a bit.  

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Lorie Richards
Multi-Media Coordinator

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