I am trying to be more willing to embrace stillness, silence and to take time to rest. To stop activity does not mean your worth or value diminishes. In fact, the efficiency of the wheel depends on the sturdy stillness of the hub. Breathe and stop. Turn off. Tune in. #rest#restore#refuge#peaceandquiet#calmingthemind
FELT SO GREAT TO GET UP EARLY THIS MORNING AND FEEL CALM. DID SOME GRATITUDE AND READY FOR AN AMAZING DAY (caps lock got stuck but thought this was funny in all caps lol CALM DAMN IT!)
When you wake up to 65 degree weather on a Sunday morning, you open the windows, light some spring candles🌷, pour some coffee ☕️, and take some time to r e l a x✨
Daily devotional book is “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young. My mom gave it to me last Christmas and I loved it so much I’m rereading it this year! 🙏🏻
When you wish to escape the hustle and bustle, it's time to breath in the fresh air and just enjoy the peace and quiet. Lake Achensee is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Pic by @clickpix_eu
Making "friends" is easier than ever.
With the click of a button someone can become our "friend" on social media, and with an occasional run-in or catch-up conversation, they can maintain their status as "friend" indefinitely.
But a plethora of shallow friendships can never replace the necessity for deeper ones.
Relational love is as eternal as our Trinitarian God, and when Jesus came to rescue us from sin, He started by making it possible for us to be reconciled in relationship to His Father. There was nothing shallow, selfish, or distant about what Jesus did. His death and resurrection was the result of knowing us fully, and willingly entering into our darkness so that we could experience the light of His love.
This is the power of friendship. True friendship can redeem the broken, create a home for the outcast, a haven for the fearful, and light for those seduced by darkness. True friendship sees the other for what they are and draws closer instead of running away. True friendship finds its source in Jesus, allowing His love to overflow into every other relationship. True friendship was never suppose to be isolated to a phone screen or Sunday meet and greets. True friendship can win hearts for Jesus and save souls for eternity.
Take stock of your friendships. Are you surrounded by acquaintances without a deeper relationship in sight? Start today by praying for God to bring meaningful friendships to you. Then get out there and start asking deeper questions, inviting others into the sanctuary of your home, and allowing God's heart for friendship to guide all you do and say.
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"How’s your January going? Did you start off the year with resolutions? Have you kept them? Were you hopeful? Have you met your expectations?
I used to make new year resolutions. I used to see life as a list to check off, as a journey of self-betterment; I used to misread the Gospel as self-improvement.
The Gospel of self-improvement says that Jesus died for me so I should pay Him back, that God’s done His part so now it’s time to do mine, and reduces Jesus to a tool to make me a better person." - Emily Miller
Read the rest of Emily's post, "Good News and the False Gospel of Self-Improvement" at the link in our bio at @wholeheartedquiettime!
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Any shepherd could tell you.
Sheep have a mind of their own, especially certain young lambs who have yet to grow dependent upon the shepherd.
Once in a while, a rebellious lamb will wander away to their peril. Lambs on their own are vulnerable to falling off cliffs, getting lost in the wild, or being eaten by predators. So when the shepherd finds the lost lamb, he does what it takes to bring her home.
It has been and still is common practice among shepherds in the middle east to break the leg of a wandering lamb, carry it home, and then take care of it in every way as the leg heals. The shepherd will carry the lamb to food, water, and shelter, and by the time the leg has healed, the lamb will have grown completely dependent upon the shepherd. She will not venture away from safety again.
There is a reason why Jesus referred to Himself as the Good Shepherd. He is the one who comes after lost sheep, and then does what it takes to save our lives and bring us home. His love for us is not blindly pandering, it is a severe mercy that results in the death of our sin and the salvation of our souls.
This is why the prosperity gospel will never work. God won't give us something that will result in our eternal destruction, even if it is something seemingly good and desirable that we beg and plead for. The comforts of this world, like the little lamb with four working legs, will never do us any good if we end up hurtling over a cliff in our rebellion against the Good Shepherd. Jesus loves us too much to give us what we want over what is ultimately best.
So trust in the Lord, have faith in His severe mercy, and allow yourself to become totally dependent upon Him as your good and perfect Shepherd.
- Naomi Vacaro
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Today we are featuring Brittany Warren on our Quiet Timers series! She has shared her heart SO beautifully with us, so be sure to sign up at the link in our bio before her email gets sent out this evening! Here is a sneak peek of what she shared:
"In regards to quiet time and specifically the reading of Scripture, someone once told me to "eat your vegetables" when it comes to the Bible. He further explained, "Don't just stick with your comfort food." I loved this and have since been challenged by it. Vegetables tend to be Leviticus, Numbers, or maybe Chronicles for some people. Comfort food might be the Corinthians or Ephesians. (Think of the passage on love in 1 Corinthians!) It is important that we read all parts of the Bible, even the more difficult passages, so that we can understand the Bible holistically. Again, 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that ALL parts of the Word of God are beneficial for "teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness." So enjoy your comfort food, but eat your vegetables too! They're good for you! ;)" - @brittwar
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