You aren't going through this alone
Have you ever been going through something in your life and keep it to yourself? Can anyone relate? In the midst of chaos, hurts, trials, and challenges you leave the house for work and errands.
You look forward to the routine and being busy? Only a trusted few know how your heart is racing, breaking, and hurting so you're able to face the day and accomplish the list of tasks on the table. It's not that you are devastated or crushed, you just have heavier things weighing on your mind, right? Anyone out there ever feel like this? Maybe I'm alone, but I don't think so.
Have you ever been moving through the day feeling like, "I got this." and then BAM! Someone approaches with encouraging words to help you through a difficult time. You shake your head because you thought you had it together. Guess what, you probably did, or do. BUT God knows what you need, He knows what I need. God brings people into our lives with the words we need to hear, at the moment we need them - if we are open to hearing from Him.
As you go through your day with life's burdens on your shoulders, I pray you know God loves you and holds you in the palm of His hands. You are not alone and don't have to wear a mask. It's okay to put on a smile and not share with everyone yet I encourage you to trust someone with the weight. Most importantly, give it to God. He is faithful and will carry you through it. Notice I said "through it".
Some of these journeys are necessary in life and we learn from them, grow stronger, and are better able to help someone else down the highway. I pray you know how much you are loved and cared for. Regardless of the mask you put on today, let it me one of joy, love, and hope...you aren't going through this alone.
You don't need a mask...you need to share & accept.
It's the season of Lent, the weeks leading up to Easter. As a child, growing up in a mostly Catholic family, we "gave up" something for Lent. This includes meat on Friday. As an adult and while attending the New Haven Alliance Church I learned about not just "fasting" something but to maximize the beauty and healing of Lent, we should be "doing something" to draw closer to God. I liked this idea, instead of focusing on what I gave up, when I missed whatever it was I gave up, I'd spend time in The Word or doing something to build my relationship with God.
I don't attend either of these churches anymore yet the life lessons remain with me. Yesterday, pastor shared this same concept of doing something to draw closer to God and giving up something but using words to make it fun. (This is my take on it anyway, I like words and these spoke to me) Instead of "giving up and doing something", pastor suggested, "Fasting and Feasting"!
Fasting and Feasting during Lent...this will stick with me. I love it! It doesn't change the purpose or meaning of Lent or what I already do BUT through these words, it brings a new energy and joy to Lent for me. I've always viewed "fasting" as something difficult and painful yet the way in which pastor explained it, to fast, is a blessing and opportunity to draw closer to God and eliminate the ick keeping me from my relationship with God.
Okay, so this isn't anything new. It's not even new to my blog BUT as I listened and digested this yesterday, the Holy Spirit nudged me and helped me to change my morning routine and figure out how to get everything in, starting with the most important thing...time with God. Want to hear more, check out today's podcast. Click here.
It's through this time that I connect and find the strength to get through whatever the day might bring my way.
I'm ready, are you?
What are you fasting and feasting on this Lenten season?
Happy Friday Everyone!
Friday is one of my favorite days because of the "Faith Filled Friday" episode on my podcast, Livin' with Lisa ~ Keeping it Real.
The first part of the year I shared the Armor of God and each week focused on a different aspect of the armor God's provided for us. If you haven't listened, it's not too late. You can go back to older episodes by starting at the beginning. It's easy, select a Friday episode between January 2019 and March 2019. It's a twenty-plus minute message on the Armor of God to encourage you in your spiritual walk.
Last week, March 15, 2019, I started a new series diving into Psalm 23. We'll journey through this short and powerful Psalm, one nugget at a time. Many are familiar with Psalm 23 yet have you taken time to focus on it verse by verse, nugget by nugget? It's an encouraging and insightful Psalm, I encourage you to take time to join me on this journey through Psalm 23. It's not too late...listen today.
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Lisa M Buske
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