Come to Me

Thank you Wendy Speake for today’s message:

Since the start of the new year, three words have been ringing in my ears: “Come to Me.” Matthew 11:28 has been hidden in my heart for as long as I can remember, but recently I’ve heard the Lord speak this intimate invitation to me personally, in light of all the things I tend to run to, turn to, “come” to.

“Come to Me.”

As I turn to comfort food: “Come to Me, I’m the Great Comforter.”
As I turn on my computer; “Come to Me, I want to connect with you.”
As I head into Target for a little retail therapy, “Come to Me, let me be your Counselor.”
As I make a phone call to talk through my stress with a friend; “Come to Me… Call on Me!”
As I turn into Starbucks for something sweet; “Come to Me, my words are sweet as honey.”
As I scroll through Facebook; “Don’t follow them, follow Me. Come to Me.”
As I open up Amazon Prime; “Come to Me, I’m free and I’ll set you free!”
As I binge watch another late-night TV show; “Come. To. Me.”

“Come to Me.”

There are so many things that I mindlessly “come to” each day — so many things that I eat, read, watch, buy, consume… But God is speaking clearly to me: “Come to me, consume Me, and let me consume you.”

Are you weary and heavy laden? Experiencing a void that social media, food, and shopping simply can’t fill? Take the weight of it all to the Lord. If you’re worn out, exhausted, running to all the false gods this world has to offer… take it all to Him. He has the shoulders to carry your burdens. The One who shouldered the cross, can shoulder your pain. It’s what He does. Amazon Prime can’t do it. Facebook can’t do it. Brownies can’t do it for you either. It’s not their job. It’s God’s job.
“Come to Me.”

He is able to carry your hurting relationships square on His shoulders. He can handle your fears and your failures. He can carry your sin-struggles and your shame. He alone can carry the weight of it all, all the way up Calvary’s hill. And at the foot of the cross, He can lay it down on your behalf. In exchange for those heavy burdens, He offers His light yoke. That’s what He gives us when we give it all to Him.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

A Christmas Gift

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Today’s blog is a reprint from Valorie Burton.

This week, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. If you’re not careful, it can be easy to miss that fact in the midst of all the shopping, parties and gift giving. But we can’t miss it. And we can’t miss the many gifts He gave to us during the 33 years He purposefully walked the earth. His mission statement can be found in John 10:10: “I have come that they might have life, and life more abundantly.” So, in celebration of CHRISTmas, rather than sharing my own words of inspiration. I’d like to share some words of wisdom from the greatest life coach ever – words that came directly from the mouth of Jesus himself – words that can help you get unstuck and be unstoppable, if you follow them. Enjoy .. and Merry Christmas!

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1. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

The tragic shootings recently are a somber reminder of the darkness that exists in our world. We must not forget that each of us can be a light. Now, more than ever, the world needs your light to shine – through the love you show and the gifts you share. Don’t hide your light . Don’t miss the opportunity to be a blessing. This Christmas, be less concerned about what you get and more concerned about what you give. Let your light shine. When you love others, they get a glimpse of God.

2. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Few things make it harder to get unstuck and be unstoppable than exhaustion. If you are worn out or becoming burned out, maybe you need some rest. You can become burned out chasing goals. In fact, research shows that we deplete our energy while reaching a goal. It is important to replenish that energy before moving on to the next goal. But when you shift into overdrive, racing from one achievement to the next, it is often fear that drives you. Stop. Rest. Worship. Let God refill your tank.

3. “If you have faith and do not doubt … you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive what you ask for in prayer.” – Matthew 21:21-22

Fear is the obstacle that gets us stuck. Faith is the antidote. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). You have to believe it before you see it – that’s the key to getting unstuck. Have a vision for where you are going – and believe so strong in it that you move towards it even though you can only see the vision in your imagination. That’s how you bring your vision to fruition. You must believe and not doubt. As we move into a new year, what hope do you need to rekindle? Ask for it in prayer. Believe and don’t doubt. If you do, you will take action in synch with divine orchestration and see your vision come to life.

At the end of each blog, Valerie issues a challenge with a journaling assignment.  I LOVE this assignment

What will you do this Christmas to let your light shine? What burden do you need to surrender to God? What have you asked for in prayer, but doubted you will receive? What will you do to strengthen your belief that you can receive it?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!