God has been funny lately. He keeps bringing up a topic with me. And though I can sometimes be slow to the “catch”, I get it.
Get to the Margin, Holly. Rest. Recover. Breathe.
We are on a journey as a family. It is a new and exciting journey, which will undoubtedly mark our lives and the lives of countless others. It is our calling. (I really can’t wait to share it with you!! But not yet.)
So we answer, YES.
Part of that journey has meant leaving our wonderful local church, of almost nine years. We haven’t really left. We are just being sent forth. And we are participating in this new thing we feel God is doing. We are basically visiting churches around this area. And perhaps at some point God will say STOP and get involved in this particular ministry.
It is a training of sorts, I know. And I will be honest, I LOOK each week for God to meet us and send something (big or small) for us to glean and take forward on this journey. He has not once let me down.
So in the midst of visiting churches here, I have found it quite funny that the theme of the sermons have been the same–albeit different and wonderful messages.
Here are a few quotes from my notes:
Regarding tithing: When we donate, we designate and evaluate. When we worship, we surrender and trust. Pastor Brady Boyd
Regarding Freedom and Release from Bondage: When we get stuck, and we all feel stuck sometimes, just get to Jesus and let Him do what only He does! What is it that we the church have to offer that no one else does? Forgiveness. Only Jesus does that. Let Him set you free. Mark Haug
Regarding our Hearts.: There is an overwhelming amount of heart annihilation going on around us and in us (from Steven Smith’s book Embracing Soul Care) Stu Davis
Regarding Sabbath The Exodus takes us from being invited guests, which we are, to suppressed slaves. In the context of the Sabbath, God says work diligently for six days and then rest. To not rest is a TRUST issue. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we rested and then opened our tents and found that God brought provision? Make space! This kind of rest every week makes space for God to speak. Stu Davis
Regarding rest: Our life is like drums. And good drumming is just well-timed noise. With drumming alone, without stopping, it is a cacophonous sound. There is just as much importance in the rest, as the rhythm. Stu Davis
Here is the video Stu shared:
The theme is Sabbath rest and margin!
And it hits me on the pavement, as I try to figure out what to do with all the WHATS going on in my life at this point. For these WHATS? They would like to keep me spinning and busy and dysfunctional. Chaos would like to be my modus operendi. And to chaos, I say NO. I choose NO.
Then I began to pray about what Bible study to do this fall. With homeschooling and teaching Sydney to read, I have found that if I begin a weekly schedule of going, she will not benefit. So I need to pick something I can do on my own from home.
So I prayerfully picked Priscilla Shirer’s new study, Breathe. It is phenomenal. It is life. It is my theme…and really has been since the marginal quote below began to turn me inside out and change what drives my life. MARGIN.