Already Here

“You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” ~ John 14:17

We have this mindset of Jesus, that “He’s coming”. We always speak as if he’s on his way back, and we need to be ready. Even Palm Sunday has us prepped for the arrival of Jesus with flair, singing, and of course… palms. But even with that famous entrance into Jerusalem, there still seems to be this feeling that Jesus is coming.

The uncomfortable reality is that he’s already here.

JESUS IS HERE

Give it a minute to sink in. Jesus isn’t going to come knocking at your door, he’s sitting in the living room waiting to see what your going to do. Lent is pretty much done. We’re right in the middle of Holy Week, and the time for reflection has come and gone. Now is the time to step up and put into action all those words of faith that we know so well.

So, as Easter approaches, how will you celebrate with our Savior, who art already on the couch?
God Bless,
Kim

What Desert

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness… After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.” ~ Matthew 4:1-2

The season of Lent is historically based on the 40 days and nights that Jesus spent in the desert. We focus a lot on the fact that he prayed and fasted alone, in this place devoid of people and distractions, but we don’t often reflect on why Jesus went there in the first place. Jesus didn’t enter the desert as a punishment. He was not fasting prayer to “make up” for some sin that he had committed. Jesus went to the desert to spend time in prayer to recharge, refuel, and renew his own faith. I will say it again for the people in the back- Jesus’s time in the desert was not a punishment. So, perhaps we need to adjust our understanding of the Lenten season.

Lent is not meant to be this season of colorlessness, drudgery, and punishment. Lent is supposed to be the time when we retreat to our own “deserts”- places of quiet and reflection, to renew and recharge our own faith. Perhaps solitude doesn’t renew your prayer life- so go out and join or lead a bible study with your friends. If fasting doesn’t help you to feel connected with God- go out and serve at a local soup kitchen. Lent is all about YOU renewing your own relationship Jesus.

So, what is your desert?
God Bless,
Kim

Who Do You Say That I Am

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.”
~Luke 9:20

Isn’t that a big question? A simple, but deeply thought provoking question. “Who do you say that I am?” There are so many names for the Lord, that they fill verse in the bible. And yet, if you ask my children, they scoff at me, because it is such an easy question- Jesus is God. Jesus is our friend. Jesus is the one who saves us. One of my favorite answers is from my very literal youngest- He’s the one on the cross! (said while rolling his eyes).

And yet, we as adults, hem and haw over this question. And sometimes we are afraid of the answer. Jesus the King, who will punish us for our sins. Jesus the Almighty, Lord of heaven and earth. Those sound very intimidating! Not someone I would want to bring around with me every day, and yet, as so many of our youth get ready to start new parts of their life with college and beyond, that is a question they need to carry with them. Who do they say that Jesus is?

I wonder why he can’t he both. Why can’t he be the Almighty Lord of all, and my friend? Having a friend, someone you are comfortable talking to every day, who just happens to be Lord of Heaven and Earth can’t be a bad thing! The Lord didn’t say that life would always be easy, but he did promise to be with us always, even until the end of time.

 

So, I’m going to go with my kids on this one. Jesus is God, my friend, who saves me. Who do YOU say that he is?

God Bless,
Kim

A Solitary Place

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark,
Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
~Mark 1:35

I can’t remember the last time that I went to a solitary place. I’m not even sure the last time I got to use the bathroom without the door being banged upon. And as we take on more responsibilities in life, there seems to be less and less time to go off and pray in a solitary place. But it was always a priority for Jesus. He is mentioned going off to pray over 22 times in the gospels. So, if Jesus kept doing it, there must be a reason, right?

Of course there is! How can you take care of others if you aren’t taking care of yourself? The short answer is, you can’t! Not for very long anyway. As the weather has finally gotten nice out (Hooray for the end of a looooong CNY winter!) Take a few minutes to find a solitary place and do some quiet reflection for yourself! Better yet, if you can, take a vacation! Take a few days, and retreat with your disciples… or whoever else will help you to relax, and rejuvenate, to prepare for whatever the Lord sends your way!

Now, before you accuse me of being the “Pot” that called the “Kettle” black, I promise that I am actually practicing what I preach by being (That’s correct- I am ON VACATION RIGHT NOW!) on vacation with my husband. Something we haven’t done in at least 4 years. So, now you have no excuse, I’m setting such a good example! Grab your disciples friends, family, dog, or whoever will help you and find a mountain to hang out on for a while. Or maybe the beach… Jesus spent on awfully lot of time on mountains or at beaches!

Where are you headed to find your “Solitary Place”?

God Bless,
Kim