Tag Archive | Matthew 11:28

Son-bathing

My daughter and I laid out in the sun today.  It’s just what the doctored ordered, according to an article I read somewhere: 20 minutes of sun exposure a day for optimal health.

As we laid there baking away, my daughter told me that in Spanish, sun bathing literally means, “drinking in the sun.”

Hmmm, I thought. That’s just what we need for optimal spiritual health:  Drink in the Son for at least 20 minutes a day. 🙂

“Come to Me, all [you] who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  ~~ Matthew 11:28

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Let’s Pray:

Father, thank you for sending Jesus, your one and only son, down here to earth to live, love, and die for us all.  

He’s the radiance of Your glory.  (Hebrews 1:3)

I want to radiate Your glory, too!  I want to look like someone who’s had lots of Son exposure!

 I want to “drink in” Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22) 

Show me how to accomplish this on a daily basis.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Ask yourself:  How much Son-exposure do I get each day?  Could/should I get more?

Better question:  How much time do I spend Facebooking, watching TV, web-surfing?  Hmmmm. Convicting!

 Would trading a few of those minutes for a few minutes reading the Bible and praying lead to more “optimal spiritual health”?  

I’m not a doctor, so I’m not ordering it, just suggesting it as a loving blogger.  We’re all in this together. 🙂

Do you know the Son?  His name is Jesus and He’d love to know you!  Click on the pic for a quick introduction:

"Sun Bathers" see below for source...

“Sun bathers” gratefully borrowed from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nehmzow/4209753101/

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Get me outta here!!

Travel!  Love the sound of that word.  This time of year, when the snow falls deep and the winds blow cold, cities like Miami  or Honolulu have a pleasant ring.  Here’s another city with a pleasant ring, all expenses paid:

“…a city with foundations whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:10

Sometimes the worries fall deep and the wind blows cold in my soul.  My faith gets a little chilly. 

That’s when I pack up and “head to the city”:

” If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country-a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for themHebrews 11:15-16

Here’s my travel essentials:

my journal,

and my Bible.

The Traveler’s Prayer:

“Oh, Father in heaven.  Thank you for loving me and inviting me to a warmer place with a better view. You said,’Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew11:28)

“And you offered, ‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.’ (:29)

“I want rest and peace in my soul, Father.  I’ll come to You. 

“Help me to come to You every day, not just to visit, but to stay —  every hour, every minute, by your side.  I’ll run into You arms with my arms open wide.

In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Not a Christian? Longing for a better view?  Click the pic below for a quick introduction to the Builder of a better place:

Days of the Week Theme, Day III: Wailing Wall Wednesday

Where's my Hair?!Where’s my hair?!  Got it cut today. The smile’s a fake ’cause inside I feel more like this man. 

The Wailing Wall He’s at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.***

 And did you notice all my graying hair?  Another reason to join him there.  😦

But, I’ll take comfort in this verse: ” Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  Isaiah 46:4

I’ve heard Jews believe the Wailing Wall is the “shortest route to God’s ear“** 

 I know a shorter one: “Come to me [Jesus], all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Maybe you have more serious things to wail about than old age and gray hairs.  Maybe you have cancer to deal with, or a broken marriage, or you’ve lost someone you love.  Well, go to the wall.  Go to Jesus:

** The Western Wall

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Grrrr-ammar Lessons: Adjectives

Missed me?  Gloriadelia has been on fall break.  But, I’m back!  And, in honor of my college-age daughter, Liz, who loves all things English, and moved out last week, I’m encouraging you to “Unpack your Adjectives” (was that a run-on, Liz?  sorry…)

Well, on any given day, these are words that can describe me, depending on the amount of restful sleep, nutritious food, or yummy chocolate I’ve had. And they are:  cranky, mean, selfish, angry, out of control.

Now let’s compare my adjectives with God’s.  These are the words that ALWAYS describe Him:  loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled. (Galatians 5:22)

I want to pack up my adjectives and exchange them for His.

We can do that, you know, send our adjectives packing.

Here’s how:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

Here’s a song, sung by Fernando Ortega, that I would describe as beautiful, and encouraging…

Maybe it will help you to be cheerful, encouraged, and hopeful.  Listen…

If you have a hard time with it stalling, just push the pause button, and come back to it in a bit.  It should load up and play straight through then.