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Insignificant…

ladybug21     Do you sometimes feel that you don’t matter, not really anyways? Like if you stopped doing what you’re doing, no one would notice. Moved, no one would care. Or maybe they would notice but not for long…

Insignificant begins with the letter I and our focus when feeling in the doldrums of ‘nobody really cares’ is centered on ‘I’.

We live in a stressed out world. Life moves at lightening pace. So there are times when nobody does seem to care. Bible teacher Nancy McGuirk said “God is the only person in the world who wants to hear all your concerns.” (underline mine) So just how insignificant are we? The God of the universe wants to hear all

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1Peter 5:7 NIV) He cares for us, He doesn’t want us burdened in the gloomies of ‘no one cares’ and ‘I don’t matter’. Can we escape anxiety? Probably not, but we don’t have to carry it, He asks us to cast (to throw off) our anxiety – even if we have to do it again and again each morning or each moment.

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“Do not define yourself by your circumstances, let His love define you.” (Ann Voskamp) When we let the unpaid bills, the broken relationships, the bad childhood, the addiction, the boss’ criticism, the ‘whatever’ define us, we are forgetting WHOSE WE ARE.

The God of the universe defines us – We Are His. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12 NIV) You are chosen, you are holy not because of you but because of Christ, you are dearly loved.

There is no insignificance in a child of God. You cannot begin to know His plans for you, to use you to touch another life. Yet how does he want you to touch that other life? With compassion, with kindness, with humility, with gentleness, and with patience. The same way you want to be touched in this moment of flailing and questioning.

Remember: “It’s not about doing things for God, but about entering into what God is already doing.” (Emily Wierenga) Don’t try to ‘do’ things for God, enter into what He is doing and you will never feel insignificant again…

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October 12, 2014 Re-Fresh…

Refresh1     I confess, I don’t know what it’s like in other parts of the world but in America – for those who have a relationship with Jesus – Sunday, today, is the day we seek to walk a bit slower, to think a bit deeper, to sing a bit louder, to live a bit more the way we are called… It is not the only day we are to put Him first but if we will rest we will re-fresh…

Re-Fresh – The very word indicates that we are no longer fresh, we were, and now we need to be again. Refresh in a way that doesn’t let troubles wrinkle us, refresh in a way that doesn’t let anger ruffle us, refresh in a way that doesn’t let fear leave us limp and lifeless…

Refresh in a way that does show up in our faces, in our voices, in our relationships. How, how do we refresh even one day a week? Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)

It is more in our souls we are weary than in our bodies. It is more in our relationships we are weary than in our work. It is more in our thoughts we are weary than in our needs. Fear, anxiety, dread, doubt, worry drain us and we need to drink from the well that never runs dry, to refresh our parched and longing hearts with the Refresher – …Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38 NIV)

Today… RE-FRESH!