Rest for the Divided Heart

The calla lily in our backyard resembles a heart – very appropriate for today. 

Today, I am mixed with emotions.  It is the Sabbath.  God’s blessed day of rest.  However, my heart feels more restless than restful.  Our family begins the day with worship.  That’s typical for our Sundays.

However, the afternoon straddles an array of emotions as we attend the memorial service for a dear, young friend who suffered a tragic loss of his father and celebrate our oldest’s milestone birthday.

A birthday and a memorial service.  The recognition and honor of both life and death.  My heart is pulled in opposite directions.

In the midst of the vast spectrum of life, I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8…

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Through laughter and tears, memories will be shared at both, and in every moment I seek God’s peace.  His selah.  His pause.  He is my tether. My anchor. The only One who can make sense of it all.

Thankful for selah,

Kristi

Selah come quickly

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. ~ Psalm 3:5

Today is the Sabbath, and I am soooo ready to rest.  A wonderful mission trip overseas, a huge party at our house three days after returning, a 3-hour bike ride (a promise to my children), and life’s pace picking back up with commitments and responsibilities – all make me well aware of the need for rest.

Join me today in stopping.  Listening.  Resting.  Ceasing.  Just being.

Our bodies need it.  Our souls need it.  Rest is our gas, ironically enough.  Take today to fuel up for the week.

Be back tomorrow for a true story I hope I won’t regret posting.  🙂

Happy Selah Day,

Kristi

That’s Not Me This Time

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.  Psalm 62:5

Yeah!  It’s Sunday!  So happy to rest today.  Right now, there are birds outside my window jockeying for the best position on the bird feeder.  They are fluttering, singing and racing to see who gets what.  I say, Go for it.  I’m too tired to be that today in my life.

What a week.  A good week, but an exhausting one.  Thanking God for the Sabbath.

Hope to see you back here tomorrow for more real…deep…stuff!

Enjoy this selah day,

Kristi

Selahhh Day!

Photo posted by Michael Jablonski

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  This weekend we remember those in the military who gave their lives to protect ours.  Men and women gave up their personal safety to let others keep theirs.  They are fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives and friends. They are our heroes.

Always, on the Sabbath, let us remember Jesus Christ who gave His life so we would have eternal life.  Through Him, all things are possible.  Today, and every day, we remember His ultimate sacrifice for you and me.

Have a restful day.  Lord willing, I’ll be back tomorrow with more real…deep…stuff!

Kristi

Selah Day? Sort of…

Happy Sunday!  Don’t you just love a day off?  Sunday may not be a day off for everyone, but I hope some time this week you’ve had a chance to decompress. We plan to do just that today. Although, it’s not exactly a nap on the couch kind of day. May is a crazy month, and there are all kinds of things wrapping up this weekend. But, we will enjoy time worshiping God in church and spending family time celebrating milestones. Who knows…maybe that elusive nap will happen after all?  I know my hubby isn’t giving up hope. 🙂

Enjoy your Selah Day, the Sabbath, and let’s not forget to thank Him who made this day and gifted it to us – and to keep it holy.

See you back tomorrow with more real…deep…stuff!

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

So glad to cross the finish line of this week’s amazing race!  How about you?

Our family accomplished some tough goals this week and are stronger for it. Praise God!  Now we’re ready to simply enjoy the Sabbath – the day of rest blessed by God.

Here is Scripture to help all of us embrace the fullness of what we at RealDeepStuff like to call “Selah Day,”

Psalm 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God…

Can’t wait to meet back here tomorrow.  Now go rest! 🙂

~ Kristi

So thankful for Selah Day!

My peeps and I are taking the Sabbath to rest and rejeuvenate from a wonderfully busy and blessed weekend. One of our family’s mantras is…

We do nothing really well!

Join us in enjoying doing nothing.  Monday will thank you. :)Tomorrow we will continue our Favorite Fifteen.  See you then!

Kristi