Have you ever had that feeling, the feeling you’ve had enough? Enough of fitting the program, of subtle invasive works, thinking something has to be done, but not really understanding the reason why except that it is expected and it is “good.”
We made a difficult decision this year, leaving the church our family has attended for the past 10 years. We needed to make the change because there was a subtle implication of needing to fit the program to win the prize. We saw one family member being impacted so negatively that we could no longer remain. Turns out after leaving and processing about the whole paradigm, our family has discovered that we were each affected by the nudge to either conform or “not be a real Christian” or just not be enough.
After church shopping, we have settled into a very restful environment. None of us have been grilled about our Bible knowledge or discipleship experience. We have not been expected to just step in and fit. I have felt such belonging and peace from our first visit. This made me hunger for more, and upon returning time and again, I found the rest that I didn’t even know I needed.
Within this place of rest, I have discovered the most wonderful thing. I am now gratefully and humbly living from the heart Jesus gave me. My whole family seems more relaxed and able to be who they were made to be organically. This rest thing is a paradox. Within rest from works, I am able to operate and do the things God has planned for me rather than man. I am accomplishing more, growing more, and desiring more and more intimacy with my Savior. I am finally enough.
Please join me at my new church home this coming First Friday in the Crossroads:
Date: Friday, June 1, 2012
Place: Bridgeport Church, 404 E 18th, Kansas City MO 64108
Title: Encaustic Tales
Encaustic medium, a blend of beeswax and damar resin and often pigment, is melted, painted and fused with heat to create a fluid, painted surface. The luminous qualities, texture and essence of the beeswax invite a full sensory experience for the painter and observer. The show, Encaustic Tales, shares stories of synchronicity between the intuitive subconscious and connection with the Creator. Each painting is full of symbology directly relevant to spiritual growth of the artist.button