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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 19 August 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – REST

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – REST

 

Come to Me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest.  – Matthew 11:28

 

It seems I’m perpetually tired, and there are several reasons for that. For so long I believed if I wanted a thing done, I had to do it (not out of control, but out of fear someone would think me stupid or incompetent for asking for help, let alone delegating!)  Add to that the crippling depression I didn’t even know I suffered. Soul deep, heart deep.

 

Even after I was free from the depression, I still felt compelled to do.it.all. To prove I could. To prove my worth. It was exhausting.

 

Enter my diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. The irony of RA, for me at least, is that while I do not believe Father “put this on me” to teach me a lesson, I do fully believe it is the result of what is tantamount to abuse—self-abuse, by way of pushing myself beyond limits. By not allowing myself any down time. By not letting myself rest.

 

On the seventh day, God rested.

 

Was He tired? No. Did He sleep? No. He neither slumbers nor sleeps.  Why then, did He rest?

 

He set the example for us. Rest, He says.

 

But do we? Do we truly rest? In Him? Do we seek Him, do we allow ourselves to slow down, to cease striving? Going? Doing? Too often we do not.

 

Come to me, He says. Be still, He says. Be still and know that I am God.  – Psalm 46:10

 

More than physical rest, He desires for us a rest in our soul, in our spirit. Peace that passes understanding. Assurance that He is, in fact, working all things for our good. (Romans 8:28)

 

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 – 30

 

Rest in Him. Lean on Him. Be still, and hear His still, small voice. Feel His breath upon your spirit, His whisper in your heart.

 

Rest, and be refreshed. Rest and be restored. Rest, and know that you are His.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Rest, Matthew 11:28 – 30, Psalm 46:10

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 5 November 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IF I DON’T DO IT and OTHER LIES (repost)

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IF I DON’T DO IT and OTHER LIES

 

 

I spent a lot of years trying to “do it all” because either a) there was no one else to do it, or b) I just wanted to get the job done without explaining how to do it.

 

Both suck. As in drain the life from a body, eeking it out over time.

 

And it leaves you exhausted.

 

Be still and know.

 

There were many reasons I lived this way. None of them exist anymore.

 

 

I can do all things.

 

How many years I thought that meant Father would enable me to, well, actually DO everything. Or at least everything [I thought] I needed had to do.

 

Total misinterpretation.

 

What He’s actually saying is that anything He asks or requires of us—that is what He enables us to do. Nothing more and nothing less.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nngKEkC-P8&index=15&list=PLcplJQn6klj637Z1CTZJX57ea-mBr2bp_

 

He intends us to rest. To abide in Him.

 

 

I don’t have to prove myself to anyone—least of all to my heavenly Father.

 

And He’s the only one Who really matters.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, If I Don’t Do It and Other Lies, Ephesians 4:13, Psalm 23, Psalm 46:10

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 22 October 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IF I DON’T DO IT and OTHER LIES

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IF I DON’T DO IT and OTHER LIES

 

 

I spent a lot of years trying to “do it all” because either a) there was no one else to do it, or b) I just wanted to get the job done without explaining how to do it.

 

Both suck. As in drain the life from a body, eeking it out over time.

 

And it leaves you exhausted.

 

Be still and know.

 

There were many reasons I lived this way. None of them exist anymore.

 

 

I can do all things.

 

How many years I thought that meant Father would enable me to, well, actually DO everything. Or at least everything [I thought] I needed had to do.

 

Total misinterpretation.

 

What He’s actually saying is that anything He asks or requires of us—that is what He enables us to do. Nothing more and nothing less.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nngKEkC-P8&index=15&list=PLcplJQn6klj637Z1CTZJX57ea-mBr2bp_

 

He intends us to rest. To abide in Him.

 

 

I don’t have to prove myself to anyone—least of all to my heavenly Father.

 

And He’s the only one Who really matters.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, If I Don’t Do It and Other Lies, Ephesians 4:13, Psalm 23, Psalm 46:10

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 8 October 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IF I DON’T DO IT and OTHER LIES

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IF I DON’T DO IT and OTHER LIES

 

 

I spent a lot of years trying to “do it all” because either a) there was no one else to do it, or b) I just wanted to get the job done without explaining how to do it.

 

Both suck. As in drain the life from a body, eeking it out over time.

 

And it leaves you exhausted.

 

Be still and know.

 

There were many reasons I lived this way. None of them exist anymore.

 

 

I can do all things.

 

How many years I thought that meant Father would enable me to, well, actually DO everything. Or at least everything [I thought] I needed had to do.

 

Total misinterpretation.

 

What He’s actually saying is that anything He asks or requires of us—that is what He enables us to do. Nothing more and nothing less.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nngKEkC-P8&index=15&list=PLcplJQn6klj637Z1CTZJX57ea-mBr2bp_

 

He intends us to rest. To abide in Him.

 

 

I don’t have to prove myself to anyone—least of all to my heavenly Father.

 

And He’s the only one Who really matters.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, If I Don’t Do It and Other Lies, Ephesians 4:13, Psalm 23, Psalm 46:10

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 11 March 2017– FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE (repost

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE

reposted from 7 August 2016 – because sometimes life hits hard and there’s just no new post

 

Because sometimes you can’t make it to church. Or, what the world commonly thinks of as church.

 

Slide2

 

But what is church, really?

 

Slide3

 

And sometimes that fellowship is one on One, deep calling unto Deep. Everyone has their special place of personal communion. For me, that “place” it outdoors. Preferably under a canopy of trees. Preferably in the mountains, with a creek singing nearby.

 

Slide4

 

But that doesn’t always happen and sometimes church is right here on the couch. Or better yet, outside… you guessed it, on the front porch. Just me and Father God.

 

 

Even better if it’s raining. And yes, thunder and lightning’ing.

 

 

No great theological discourse. No lamenting prayers—or maybe there are. Not hours of reading the Bible. No singing and dancing and praising Him, even. Just abiding.

 

Slide7

 

Sitting, quietly, still, in His presence. For truly, we walk in His presence 24/7. We just don’t pause to acknowledge—and we usually don’t yield to His call, nay His whisper to be still.

 

Slide8

 

Learning to be still. Learning to hear His voice. To recognize and acknowledge His presence. And learning how to walk and talk with Him in every moment of every day as good friends should and do.

 

 

Because He is a friend. And friends do stuff. And sometimes they just sits. Quietly. Being friends.

 

So yes, come sit on the front porch with me, spend some time with me, with Father God. Come, let us fellowship together, right on the front porch.

 

 

And tell me what are your favourite moments with Father God? Where do you find Him? What is your secret place, your place of communion?

 

 

Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Why This Title, Deep Calls Unto Deep, Canopy of Trees, Cathedral, Abiding, Psalm 46:10, Friends

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 7 August 2016 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE (when you’re tired)

reposted from 7 August 2016

 

Because sometimes you can’t make it to church. Or, what the world commonly thinks of as church.

 

Slide2

 

But what is church, really?

 

 

And sometimes that fellowship is one on One, deep calling unto Deep. Everyone has their special place of personal communion. For me, that “place” it outdoors. Preferably under a canopy of trees. Preferably in the mountains, with a creek singing nearby.

 

Slide4

 

But that doesn’t always happen and sometimes church is right here on the couch. Or better yet, outside… you guessed it, on the front porch. Just me and Father God.

 

 

Even better if it’s raining. And yes, thunder and lightning’ing.

 

 

No great theological discourse. No lamenting prayers—or maybe there are. Not hours of reading the Bible. No singing and dancing and praising Him, even. Just abiding.

 

 

Sitting, quietly, still, in His presence. For truly, we walk in His presence 24/7. We just don’t pause to acknowledge—and we usually don’t yield to His call, nay His whisper to be still.

 

 

Learning to be still. Learning to hear His voice. To recognize and acknowledge His presence. And learning how to walk and talk with Him in every moment of every day as good friends should and do.

 

 

Because He is a friend. And friends do stuff. And sometimes they just sits. Quietly. Being friends.

 

So yes, come sit on the front porch with me, spend some time with me, with Father God. Come, let us fellowship together, right on the front porch.

 

 

And tell me what are your favourite moments with Father God? Where do you find Him? What is your secret place, your place of communion?

 

 

Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Why This Title, Deep Calls Unto Deep, Canopy of Trees, Cathedral, Abiding, Psalm 46:10, Friends

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 7 August 2016 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE

 

Because sometimes you can’t make it to church. Or, what the world commonly thinks of as church.

 

Slide2

 

But what is church, really?

 

Slide3

 

And sometimes that fellowship is one on One, deep calling unto Deep. Everyone has their special place of personal communion. For me, that “place” it outdoors. Preferably under a canopy of trees. Preferably in the mountains, with a creek singing nearby.

 

Slide4

 

But that doesn’t always happen and sometimes church is right here on the couch. Or better yet, outside… you guessed it, on the front porch. Just me and Father God.

 

 

Even better if it’s raining. And yes, thunder and lightning’ing.

 

 

No great theological discourse. No lamenting prayers—or maybe there are. Not hours of reading the Bible. No singing and dancing and praising Him, even. Just abiding.

 

Slide7

 

Sitting, quietly, still, in His presence. For truly, we walk in His presence 24/7. We just don’t pause to acknowledge—and we usually don’t yield to His call, nay His whisper to be still.

 

Slide8

 

Learning to be still. Learning to hear His voice. To recognize and acknowledge His presence. And learning how to walk and talk with Him in every moment of every day as good friends should and do.

 

 

Because He is a friend. And friends do stuff. And sometimes they just sits. Quietly. Being friends.

 

So yes, come sit on the front porch with me, spend some time with me, with Father God. Come, let us fellowship together, right on the front porch.

 

 

And tell me what are your favourite moments with Father God? Where do you find Him? What is your secret place, your place of communion?

 

 

Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Why This Title, Deep Calls Unto Deep, Canopy of Trees, Cathedral, Abiding, Psalm 46:10, Friends

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