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Pick Me!

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Ever been unhappy with a job?  Dissatisfied with where you are in life?  Not fully on board with your boss?  Feeling unappreciated?  Work load is too much?  Feeling like you can’t just go in and do your job and then leave it behind to go home and enjoy life? Too many hours each week? Physically stressful? Co-workers causing drama?  A never ending barrage of events? All of the Above?

Well, some of those things applied to my job of 30 years.  I started at McDonald’s when I was 16 and I worked there until about a month ago. Over the years this job had its ups and downs.  Deep down I know that ketchup ran through my veins.  I had been in the business long enough to know how to deal with almost every type of customer and crew member.  I loved the busy days.  The satisfaction of good numbers.  The thrill of seeing happy customers.  But….

In 2012 I became a General Manager and things began to change for me.  I had challenges I had not faced before.  I was now the one in charge..of a whole store.  I did schedules and inventories and hiring and firing and paperwork and meetings and training and customer service and customer complaint calls and the list goes on.  I was on call 24/7 in case something happened at the store meaning I could not turn my phone off “just in case” and it was permanently attached to me wherever I went.  As time went on I took on more stress than I probably needed to.

At the same time, I began to love the people I worked with.  They were on my prayer list.  Some called me mom.  I was building relationships and sometimes we even talked about Jesus.  When God began to lift the grace from me to work in this capacity of General Manager I began to question His motives..yes, God’s motives.  I argued that if I went on to something different who would be here for these people?   Where would my ministry field be?

I had back surgery in November and I get a huge dose of disconnect.  The store was not allowed to be in contact with me as this was a work related accident.  So for three months I was off work…the longest EVER in my life for not working.  I had plenty of time to write, rest and live in His Presence.  A very relaxed and stress-less situation.  I was pretty happy-go-lucky and I loved it.

When I went back to work the stress returned.  It was almost like I had been a free roaming horse who just got bridled for the first time.  As I tried to mesh my new free lifestyle with work again I felt so frustrated.  This being on call 24/7.  The people not wanting to come to work.  The drama.  It was too much.  I just wasn’t filled with enough grace to do this type of work again.

Tomorrow I will fill you on the rest of the saga.  But for now just know this:  Sometimes God lifting the grace is the very thing which catapults you into your promise land.

Dear God, Thank You for lifting grace at times.  Thank You that You always offer me a safe place to be.  Help me to see You and what You are doing on my behalf.  Thank You for knowing every detail of what I need in my life to move into my promise land.  Thank You that with every twist and turn of my life you will be right beside me.  Help me to stay so close to You that I can feel You breathing.

In Jesus Name  Amen

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Hot Feet, Thirsting for Peace

Psalm 65:9-13

Oh, visit the earth, ask her to join the dance! Deck her out in spring showers, fill the God-River with living water. Paint the wheat fields golden. Creation was made for this! Drench the plowed fields, soak the dirt clods With rainfall as harrow and rake bring her to blossom and fruit. Snow-crown the peaks with splendor, scatter rose petals down your paths, All through the wild meadows, rose petals. Set the hills to dancing, Dress the canyon walls with live sheep, a drape of flax across the valleys. Let them shout, and shout, and shout! Oh, oh, let them sing!
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How many of us are lost? Even though we accepted Jesus, we are still feeling as if we are traveling the desert.  Our feet are hot. Our throats are dry. Our skin is scorched. There is pain in every step. There is this desire to just sit down and give up.  What if that’s what it takes?  What if we just sat down in the midst of our struggle and really give it up?  Maybe if we would stop searching for all of the answers, peace would just come to us.  We would see a bridge in the distance and finally have a vision of which way to go.
My life was like this for awhile.  I was tired. Felt beaten by the things of this world.  I was thirsty but had no idea how to quench it. AND I had Jesus.  While my life was looking like dry, hot sand everywhere I looked, I could see glimpses of a way out, but my eyes were so squinted I could not tell what was reality.  My mind was like a drone day in and day out.  I just kept going through the motions without ever getting anywhere.
What changed me?  What gave me the vision of my bridge?  Quiet, soaking times.  Yes, moments where I sat in His Presence for 6 hours at a time.  Times where the outside world could not get to me. When I finally sat down, surrendered my life and said, “I have had enough, Lord! Mess up my life!”, that’s when my desert began to be drenched in Living Water.  My thirst was quenched! My feet were relaxed.  I could see the bridge in the distance.  The more I soaked Him in, the closer the bridge got. The closer the bridge was, the more freedom I found.  Finally there was a way out of my situation and all I had to do was rest.
I feel like so many of us Christians have this lifestyle of being a Christian out of whack.  We have it all backwards.  We feel we have to be on the go 24/7.  We think nothing will change unless we stay busy with the things of God.  In the NIV Bible the word rest is mentioned 496 times…..that should cause some of us to think. God wants us to rest.  He wants us to allow Him to take our burden.  Not to become lazy, but to become well rested in Him so that we can walk out our Christian walk with full power.  Can you see your bridge?  Come. Sit. Rest.