A Letter on my Doorstep

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A Letter from God on my Doorstep

I opened the door, and there on my doorstep was a personal, handwritten note from the Lord just for me!   I quickly opened the note and read the message inside.  As I read, it took my breathe away to see how personally and consistantly the Lord leans into our lives!  

The letter was actually from a friend living in Central Asia,  she was writing to thank me for an encouragement and prayer I had written her a few weeks ago. She and a fellow worker, had recently witnessed some extremely tragic events, and our community rallied together to pray for them.  In response to the news I prayerfully scribbled a quick note on a piece of construction paper  “Balm of Gilead” because i had just published a blog post about Jesus being the Balm of Gilead.

In the thank you note I found on my doorstep, my friend expressed how much she appreciated taking the time to write and pray for them in her time of grief. She saidshe was actaully moved her to tears.  

In her note she said that about a year ago, she and her co-worker had been in Scotland raising awareness about this Central Asian nation, and in that prayer meeting The Balm of Gilead was a prominent theme, and word of the Lord.

The Balm of Gliead

I really struggled with that post about Jesus being the Balm of Gilead, because it felt like a name of the Lord that I hadn’t fully encountered, and that I haven’t intimately known.

 Another part of my struggle was that I felt that it was a revelation relevant for another era, and not my own.

When I heard the news of what was happening that day, and how it had impacted my friends, I took the opportunity to reach out because I KNEW it was a word for them.

I share this story to introduce today’s name of the Lord, and to follow up on my last post #8 Name of The Lord  The Beginning.

#9 The Name of the Lord for TodayThe Beginning and the End.  

I have been chewing on this for a few days, and I haven’t been sure how to share this revelation today’s name of the lord. When i read the Letter on my front door I knew exactly what to say.  

I ended post #8 asking the question:

If you are anything like me, the exictmenthope and exlariation of new beginnings invebality hit the resisiatnce of self-doubt and fear.  I want to invite you to check out my next post, and discover how encountering Jesus as the Beginning and the End will give you as you press through that opposition and stay the course with confidence.

Today I draw strength from knowing Jesus as the Beginning and the End (Revelation 21:6) because my daily experience is that He is also the God of the middle.  

He is not just there at the Starting line cheering me on or waiting for me at the finish line.  He is with me in the race.  

As we look at the Psalms we the beautiful inheritance we have of this reality of meeting Jesus in the NOW.  As we see expressed in Ps 90:1-2

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

In my walk with the Lord, He has consistently spoken to me in personal and subtly ways through notes like I recently received on my doorstep.  

Granted this kind of experience could easily be perceived as subjective, but for me it is the goodness of God that is my dwelling place in all generations.  

Today I have confidence because I know He is in my beginnings and will be my God in the End, because He is with me now! He will always be my Dwelling Plave in every generation! 

Discovering Life in the Margins

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A New Space

The move is finally complete, and we are so enjoying life with a little extra space!  

Our new kitchen is amazing!  Meg has been watching Trisha Yearwood’s new cooking show on The Food Network, and finally has the space to whip up some good southern cooking!  

Even Madison has been inspired! A couple nights ago she made Breakfast for Dinner!  She was pretty proud of herself!  These are the moments that make a family strong, and it was so awesome to watch Meg and Madison have the space to work together.  

The kitchen isn’t the only place that has opened up new possibilities for us.  We have been loving the space to enjoy the sunsetting over Pikes Peak.  It feels so good for Meg find a few moments to sit down and have the space and freedom to read and journal.

I just put the girls down for bed, and they seem so settled in their new space!  Since moving it has been so easy getting them settled and to bed on time!  

Discovering Life in the Margins

I titled this post Discovering Life in the Margins because of the possibility that lies dormant in the whitespace of our lives.

A year ago, Meg and I packed up a Budget Rental Truck and headed west to come back to Colorado Springs.  It has been so good to be back, but it has also been a very busy and exhausting year, one that has been crowded and cluttered.  Our family of 5, spent 12 months in two adjoining hotel rooms.  As well as plugging into the many opportunities of serving the organization we are working with.

Our recent move has given us the opportunity the regroup, set boundaries, and thrive in the new found space.  As I look back over that last season I think we did okay but am really glad we have passed through it.

More than a Move, it’s a Lifestyle

Creating Space is more than a move it is a lifestyle.  I know everyone reading this post can identity with the season I am describing.  Your life is busy, cluttered and overwhelming. You are busy and overcommitted and lack space to do the things that bring you joy and vitality! 

We all long for the peace that our yesterday’s once held.  I know you have the same struggles I have, and that you have been in that rat-race yourself.

You are trying to reach out, and hold on to the freeing power of a little space, and yet feel like you are chasing ever elusive dream!  

As Michael Hyatt puts it in a recent blog post, “margin doesn’t just happen it has to be fought for”.  In order to define Margin He quotes an exert from Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, Richard Swenson, M.D.

Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating.

Margin is the opposite of overload. If we are overloaded we have no margin. Most people are not quite sure when they pass from margin to overload. Threshold points are not easily measurable and are also different for different people in different circumstances. We don’t want to be under-achievers (heaven forbid!), so we fill our schedules uncritically. Options are as attractive as they are numerous, and we overbook.

If we were equipped with a flashing light to indicate “100 percent full,” we could better gauge our capacities. But we don’t have such an indicator light, and we don’t know when we have overextended until we feel the pain. As a result, many people commit to a 120 percent life and wonder why the burden feels so heavy. It is rare to see a life prescheduled to only 80 percent, leaving a margin for responding to the unexpected that God sends our way.

Hyatt says most people don’t know what Margin is, and even fewer have ever experienced it.  If you are longing for a change  and the ability to hit the pause button in your life, I really encourage you to check out his post and read about Planning your Ideal Week.  

Another great article is from the guys over at Accidental Creative, called Re-Factoring: A Smart Way to Refine and Conquer Whitespace.

That is my aim in this next season!

I have seen the life that is starting to emerge in the whitespace, and I am jealous for more of it!

I don’t want to retreat! I want to continue to be a contributor, and a person that adds value to the world through my life.  

I know if I intentionally claim space in my life, by implementing margins, I will have more focus, energy and flexibility to engage the challenges my days hold.  

Thank you so much for reading, and I pray that you too can discover the life and possibilities that are embedded in the empty margin of your life!