The Same Page /// To Be Close

So much from this week’s reading spoke to me, but one theme hit home more than others. It’s this:

The Bible is filled with people who had to get close in order to get healed … 
No more trying to sneak in healing from a distance. It was time for her to be seen. 
And so she told him the whole truth. She stepped out from behind her comfort zone and fell at the feet of Jesus.
Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman, page 92, 94  
Read Mark 5:29-33 for the whole story this section referenced
Life is dealing me some hard knocks right now. Things that definitely need healing in my heart. In the wake of the Connecticut tragedy I find myself wanting to hole up. Sometimes alone. Sometimes with my family. Sometimes with Jesus. Sometimes without, because let’s face it, when I allow Him to be with me, I have to be completely honest. There’s no hiding. I cam pretend, but He knows my every thought; He knows what’s behind the masks. I find myself wanting to hide and pretend that sin and disaster and heartache aren’t ravaging our country and those around me. Then I’m reminded that to heal, to overcome, to rise above all these things I must draw close to Him. When I feel like it and when I don’t. I have to be intentional about our relationship. In order to be healed I have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, fearing no evil, for He is with me. Through the good and the bad. The thick and the thin. Telling the whole truth, leaving my comfort zone, and falling at my Lord’s feet.
And, unrelated, but definitely worth sharing … Max was practicing his tummy time while I worked on a Christmas craft earlier this week. Then things got quiet. I glanced over and guess who had konked out for a little tummy time snooze?
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  2. Bianca says

    To be completely honest, I find it so difficult to truly open up on my innermost feelings.. to myself and Jesus. But in these days following Sandy Hook, in those quiet moments in bed, while my mind and body restlessly turn, I've turned my mind towards prayer for the families and those who are struggling with mental illness. And every night, after pouring my heart out to Jesus about the inconsolable hurt, He gives me rest. How great is our God. I love seeing children fall asleep like how Max did.. Penny has only very recently started falling asleep on her tummy, but only when being put down for a nap / nightnight. She has yet to just konk out during an activity.

  3. ThatMamaGretchen says

    I'm totally there with you – tragedies seem to refocus me and bring such perspective to things. Max rarely falls asleep in random places, I was so surprised to catch this! He is hardly a napper, sleeps great at night, but only naps if he is exhausted or if I'm snuggling with him :)

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