It’s been one of those weeks.
Not a lot of out-of-control craziness—but more like a distracted week.
In fact, a week where it started out with thoughts of words and a story I wanted to tell you, but by the time I sat down to write, nearly at the last minute, I’m far from what I had hoped for. It’s been that kind of week.
It was a distracted week away from God.
Away from His words. Away from a connection. Away from a sense of hearing Him.
And honestly, I’m feeling the lack of it all—a little bit of emptiness. I know exactly what I did to create it.
And I’m wondering if you get there sometimes? The weeks where devotionals, or bible readings, or dedicated prayer time, or…(insert your favorite God time), gets avoided? Not out of a wanton desire, but because the shiny new penny sitting off to the side has a bigger pull on you than your routine.
That was me this week. I chose to put aside the quiet, for the noise.
Maybe you’ve had these times, too.
If we’re being honest with each other, I have to say, I feel a little guilt about it all. I know what I turned my attention to, and what I turned my attention from. I feel like I could’ve done much better.
Guilt is a strong thing that wants to come in and turn things upside down, though. I’m not talking about the conviction kind of guilt, I’m talking about those nagging little voices from past legalistic type of faith-following, that sometimes tugs you back to those places. The places that say if you’re not doing this…then you’re not getting this.
I can almost hear Jesus saying, with finger to mouth, “Shhhhhhh.”
Shhhhhh my daughter, be quiet, don't say that. Those aren’t messages from me. I wouldn’t tell you you are bad. I wouldn’t condemn you because you didn’t read a devotional. I wouldn’t toss you aside because you didn’t open your bible this week. Shhhhhh. We’re good!
Jesus gently reminded me that I'm not in an express lane to hell because I didn’t do much reading this week. Or because I put Him aside in priority thinking. Or because I didn’t focus solely on everything Him. He gently reminded me:
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”
That’s it right there!
It’s about a Savior, and our redemption, and our salvation. Period!
It’s about the freedom through Christ when we put ourselves into Christ.
And that freedom looks nothing like getting twisted up as a pretzel because we push aside the routines for a bit. And may I remind us all, Jesus doesn’t want routines—He wants relationships.
If you've had weeks like mine...
If you're in a week like mine...
If you ever have weeks like mine--please, please, remind yourself of the love of Christ, not the condemnation of the liar.
Friends, thanks for being here! Genuinely…thank you! Believe it or not, knowing I wanted to be with you this week in some form of writing, reminded me of the love from our Savior over all of this. It helped me want to come and chat with you. It helped me remember that sometimes we have great weeks with God, and sometimes we have ho-hum weeks with God. And that's ok. He's not upset. We're not pushed aside.
He reminded us, if we’ve firmly placed Him in our hearts, He is firmly placed in our lives (distracted or not). Sometimes we just need reminders in the shhhhhh. We need the reminders from His heart to ours...We’re good! We are sooooo good!