will upate you soon on the "personal stuff"
in my blog I hope. Recovery is going well, I am
just exhausted and busy with therapy, the exercises,
etc. I am stuck between being grateful for SO
MUCH and yet also weary of feeling like no one
has a clue how difficult this all is. I know you
can relate! I hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving.
it's that time of year when people start talking
about whether Christmas sales are up or down,
whether Wall Street is up or down, and even if
they are feeling "up" or "down."
How are you? Up or down?
As the Christmas stories began to unfold on television
this season, I am reminded of the many stories
told to our children about the broken bodies that
God uses. Whether it's the lamb with a bad leg,
or a donkey with big ears, God uses those of us
who are far from perfect.
Even the secular stories explain how Santa was
just boy who didn't feel that he fit in, quite
like Rudolph who felt different and ashamed until
his weakness was recognized as a gift. You may
not be aware that the story of Rudolph
was written by a man, Bob May, who "made
Rudolph up" to answer his four-year daughter's
question, "Daddy, why isn't my mommy just
like everybody else's mommy?" as her mom
was desperately ill with cancer.
As I venture in to my eighth year of motherhood
in January, I can relate with the feelings of
inadequacy that Mary must have had (surely Jesus'
teething was painful for her to watch), or even
a little bit of the joy that God must possess
when we do something that makes Him smile.
This is also a time of year where we are reminded
to reflect on our journey and what areas of our
life we may wish to change or improve upon. But
instead of thinking its a journey you are
about to go on think it as "going
out." Regardless of our illness, regardless
of all the weaknesses, doubts or inexperience
we may have, God tells us to "go out!"
Jeremiah 31:4 reminds us, "I will build
you up again and you will be rebuilt . . again
you will take up your tambourines and go out to
dance with the joyful." Hear that? Grab those
tambourines for 2004. You never know when the
Lord might tell you to go out and starting dancing!
We all feel that nagging feeling of, "But
what if I fail?" I feel this every day, and
the leap we are making to transform this newsletter
into a magazine is scary indeed, but Malachi 4:2
says, "But for you who revere my name, the
sun of righteousness will rise with healing in
its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves
released from the stall."
We'll receive some form of healing and be given
that burst of energy and joy, either physically
or maybe just spiritually, but it will be as if
we are calves being released from a stall. If
you've ever been to an amusement park on a major
holiday, it may not be hard to imagine. Simply
being a child of Christ promises us pasture, "I
am the gate; whoever enters through me will be
saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture,"
In this New Year, it's time to go out! Jesus
commands it, especially since we understand firsthand
just how important it is to be welcomed when you
are hurting. Luke 14: 21-24, says, ". . .the
owner of the house. . . ordered his servant, 'Go
out quickly into the streets and alleys of the
town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the
blind and the lame.' 'Sir,' the servant said,
'what you ordered has been done, but there is
still room.' Then the master told his servant,
'Go out to the roads and country lanes and make
them come in, so that my house will be full.'"
Go out. Invite them into your heart. Whether
it's sharing about Rest Ministries or loaning
a sermon tape to a hurting friend who doesn't
know God, get out of the comfort zone. Jesus will
provide those tambourines.
We don't need to think about the ups and downs
of the season. Instead, think of going out!
God Bless you,
Rest Ministries Founder