Restless

e704b71aa06c61f67f90520eef2be58aAs I sit looking around the basement that we call home, my heart grows anxious.

As I watch my kids growing older, and the days turning into months, my heart grows restless.

As I look upon the world and what it has to offer, I am left wanting more.

There is a restlessness inside.

A desire for more.

A restlessness that can only be satisfied with Christ.

Most of us seek to fill this void with stuff, with jobs, with food, with pleasures.

Yet, at the end of the day, when all the glamor is past, we still feel restless.

The truth is, God made us this way.

For a reason.

He filled our hearts with a void so that after we tried filling it with everything else, we’d realize that it is only through Christ, this void can be filled.

Even as Christians, there is a void.

We believe Christ, we seek to live the Christian life.

Yet still there is a restlessness.

For God isn’t satisfied being what we do on Sundays.

He is to be our everything!

And when He becomes our everything, then no matter our situation, no matter our season of life.

Our hearts have peace.

Augustine once said, “You have made us for yourself O Lord and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.”

Are we satisfied in Christ.

Is He enough?

For if the answer to either question is no, we will be restless.

We will seek any and all things to calm this restless Spirit.

While all the while, Jesus is looking on, waiting for us to realize He is EVERYTHING.

And He cries out, “Come all who are burned and heavy laden and I will give you rest (Mathew 11).”

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Giving Them Grace

grace1Do you ever wish you could take your words back?

Ever wish you could respond differently?

Today was one of those days.

Day’s I messed up and failed miserably with my kids.

Instead of being kind, gentle, patient, compassionate, loving in how I responded.

I was the opposite.

As I running some errands this afternoon, I cried out to God.

I told Him it would be better some days if I were mute or if I could just cut out my tongue.

I admitted to Him how I had failed and how desperate I was for Him.

I begged Him to change me and make me like Christ.

Because I can’t be nicer or a better mom on my own.

He has to do it, in and through me.

Often my kids tell me they can’t do this, they can’t do that.

I use to always tell them, yes you can. You can do anything in Christ.

But the truth is, they are right!

They can’t think of others more than themselves.

They can’t love their siblings.

They can’t do to others as they want others to do to them.

They can’t! We can’t!

But CHRIST CAN!

O if I could ever grasp that I can’t do it, I can’t be better…..

If I could ever grasp that He already has done it and walk in this reality.

What our kids need to hear is that they are correct, they can’t.

But Jesus can in and through them.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in him!” Ps. 34:8

I don’t know about you, but I need grace every day.

Our kids need grace too.

May we as parents use every opportunity given to point our kids to Christ. To the work He has accomplished. To the fact that only in Him and by His Grace can we love, serve and honor God.

Let’s give them what we can’t.

Let’s give them Jesus!

The law says, “do this,” and it is never done. Grace says, “believe in this,” and everything is already done.” – Martin Luther