“He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
Dear me, have I attempted to build on many other foundations than the only One who can carry me. Sadly, my own strength may be the most common, replacement I choose for ground on which only He can build.
Only upon GOD can HE build in US.
Not only does nothing else work,
but there is no peace or joy in the effort.
It is only in giving up my control,
leaning completely on the Father,
that I see the abundant fruit of surrender. Not that I have figured out how to regularly produce this fruit. Let me tell you, I forget.
Despite the fact that I eat a ton of fruit.
And then I remember, or I re-learn,
only to forget again. 😂🙈
He is the builder,
the fruit maker.
And He is faithful.
Never ceasing to remain.
How simple His truth,
how solid the rock that is our God.
And the very one who saves shall become our cornerstone. Jesus saves us from our sad efforts to build a foundation on our own, on anything other than Him.
With Him alone,
God can build in us,
a glorious temple that will never fall.
And He promises that on Him,
that fortress won’t even be shaken.
What more, you may ask, do we want?
Ah, but we want so much more- something the books on aesthetics take little notice of. But the poets and the mythologies know all about it. We do not want merely to SEE beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words-
to be united with the beauty we see,
to pass into it,
to receive it into ourselves,
to bathe in it,
to become part of it.
Yes, is the longing for the beauty the happiest place of all? Longing to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him,
the place where all the joy spills from.
No matter how manifested,
beauty is what sparks the romance
and we are the bride pursued,
the Lover pursuing,
and known or unbeknownst,
He woos is in the romance of all time, beyond time.
And I ache for the oneness.
1st words C.S. Lewis
2nd words Ann Voskamp
And I am speechless
The September sale was extended!!! If you: -Love yoga already & want to go deeper in your practice (or) -are a little new in your practice but you are digging what it does for your body & mind (or) -love the Lord your God with all that you have and want even more intimacy with Him (or) -want to honor God with how you take care of your temple, in your healthy lifestyle choices (or) -any or all of the above, plus you think maybe God could use you to help others in some way... The Spring 2019 Missouri Yahweh Yoga teacher training is for you. ❣💗❣💗❣ And guess what? $500 off the tuition when you sign up by October 31st!! Deets for the training can be found at the Vessels of Clay Yoga website listed on this profile page---or feel free to message me!
It started with Him. It starts with Love.
Bein' real, sometimes I'm stymied that He would love me. Ok, often, cuz I live with me. Or I think, "how self-centered of me that I am loving Him because He loves me?" But how comforting to know that that is what He planned, how He created us...it is THE response He had in mind.
So go ahead, Beloved. Love Him back. I dare you.
Well color us giddy. The Healing Season Small Group DVD series (it goes with the 40-Day Healing Season) is now on Amazon Video on Demand! If you're looking for a winter study that will help you emerge in the spring as a more healed version of you...check it out!
Link in my bio!
Cast your cares (or burdens) on the Lord, & He WILL sustain you. He will never let the righteous be shaken (be made to slip, fall, or fail). If you are in Christ, you are the righteous---for by His stripes (not your efforts to earn it), you are the righteousness of God in Christ.
That means YOU are the righteous He will sustain! 💙💙💙💙 Believe His Truth about you today, Beloved.
Andiamo!!! It's an Italian holiday weekend, so I am making my annual pilgramage...it's not fully Italia, but it is as close as I can get right now... Viva Italia! Viva The Hill! I'm comin' for ya Urzis/DiGregorios/Viviano&Sons/Gelato di Riso/Festa/Bocce!!! #theHill#festa#ColumbusDay#vivaitalia 🇮🇹
This week has been exhausting in every way. Physically, mentally, and emotionally.
This morning I enjoyed being a part of the numana (humana? Logo hard to read) community food packing project, and it was nice to just be a quiet person doing good work for someone else, not having to be "on" or be a leader. I even wore a ballcap & some folks did not recognize me--not planned, but maybe part of God's plan. A no pressure day. Just being a part of a community. Doing something good for others. I let myself be an introvert today and just soak it in. Not sure I had a choice. Not sure I had anything beyond that to give. In fact, I looked around while working and felt my eyes well up once in awhile, just so glad to see loving humanity around me. People who operate from integrity. People who step up. I really needed to see that-
And knowing that afterwards, I had a couch movie date with my mom to watch a movie we have both been wanting to see. Where we could just be comfy, snuggle cats, hit pause when we wanted to chat, and hit resume when we said whatever... And I had a new flavor of kombucha in the fridge that hubby brought home a while back, that I have been saving as a treat.
So now I'm gonna take a nap. Maybe go outside later. There are many things that need doing, but it might be healthier to really take a real rest. Walk in the unforced rhythms of Grace. Let myself be, and be still.
I want to end this with something wise... But I have already used a lot of words.
"Can you lose weight doing yoga?" I have been asked this a few times in my life.
Short answer, Yes.
There are things to consider... To check them out, read the Blog post at the website in my profile!
@hippie_ish_crystal - Our individual motivations for what we choose to do vary. For example, if I workout at a gym everyday to stay healthy and get in shape, that's awesome. But if I become consumed with the gym and it represents my self worth, or that becomes my identity, then it (the gym) becomes my god. So in this particular situation working out at the gym also becomes "something Christians shouldn't do." Or if I really enjoy farmhouse style DIY projects and post pictures of my super tidy home to showcase my skills... that's awesome! But if I become consumed with the projects or with maintaining a certain image, and I get a "high" from all the "likes" on my posts, then that becomes my god.
Idolatry is very sneaky. And the devil is a master at deception. Depending on our perspective, almost any seemingly innocent thing can become our god.
So, I don't think we should be laser focused on "Christians shouldn't do yoga." Perhaps, instead, we should consider that as Christians, we shouldn't do something if our motivations are not lined up with the scriptures. Why are you practicing yoga? What is your motivation? Does it line up with scripture? Do you feel that it's morally wrong to practice yoga? These are questions each individual has to answer for themselves.
Also, Jesus wasn't "supposed" to speak to the Samaritan woman, but he did. And it changed her life forever.
I guess my point is this, we (anyone) can become susceptible to make anything their god. It's really an issue of the heart. Where is your heart's focus during yoga? Is it on a Hindu god? Or is it on the One True God? Quiet time and meditation on the scriptures looks different for each of us. If someone feels close to Christ while being focused during yoga, I believe that's a good thing. •
It's a great day for finding new playmates?
Mossimo has so much fun with critters, but as you can see, when he actually follows the instinct to put one in his mouth (gross, I know), it freaks him out and he backs away, dropping it!
Luckily he has various non-moving plush friends all over the house that bring him fun time and that he brings to us to show his love, nearly daily.
What is a way that you are going to live freely & lightly & joyfully today?
I think ima head out for a bike ride. Or yoga. Or both. 😉😉😉