Time Off

Good morning!

Have you ever wanted the day off?  From EVERYTHING?  I have had a few days like that… One of our boys had a pretty severe asthmatic attack last week and ended up in the hospital.  We are grateful that he was only in for three days and by Friday we couldn’t wait to come home.  But as I drove out of parking lot I whispered under my breath, “I need a day off”…

A day off from being mamma, a day off from exhaustion, a day off from the stress that life can throw at us.  Have you ever felt like that?  Like life took you by surprise and you just needed some time to catch up?

As I continued driving from the parking lot my thoughts shifted from me to Him.  To the One who watches over us and walks through the hard stuff with us.  And I was overwhelmed with gratitude.  Gratitude that God never takes a day off.  And that when I am weak, He is strong.  (2 Corinthians 12:10)  I am grateful that:

  • He never stops loving us
  • He showers us with grace
  • He never gives up on us
  • He is always near
  • He never grows tired or weary
  • He reigns in power

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  Psalm 147:3

So even though sometimes life is hard, and there are things we don’t understand and things we can’t control, I am grateful that the Father never takes a day off.

Blessings,

The Johnstons

 

Real Genuine True Rest

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Good morning!

Submission.  That can be such a scary word.  It is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as the condition of being submissive (submitting to others), humble, or compliant.  When I think of submission I think of letting something go.

  • Letting go of control
  • Letting go of anxiety
  • Letting go of sadness
  • Letting go of anxiousness
  • Letting go of anger
  • Letting go of always trying to fix things (relationships, family, children, etc)

We tend to want to hold some back…some of our anger, some of our forgiveness, some of our control.  But all that partial release brings is stress.  Or, we let it go only to pick it up again.

I am learning that we only find true rest in total submission… When we lay everything down at the feet of Jesus and submit all to Him we will find true rest.  Easier said than done…but anyone else in need of some real, genuine, true rest?  Let’s work at it together!

Blessings,

The Johnstons

Finding Joy in the Little Things

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Good morning!

Finding joy in the little things…When I look at the smile on this boys face as he sips full strength juice it makes my heart smile.  As I sat on my bench watching him I began to think about all the things we already have, all that Jesus has already done, to bring a smile to our faces.

It seems that most of the time we tend to focus on the things we don’t have.  We plan, we strive, we set goals, and we work hard.  All good things!  It keeps us moving forward, but it also keeps our focus on things we don’t have yet.  And if we aren’t careful we become dissatisfied with where we are.

Let’s not forget to remember all the things He has already done for us.  It is so good to stop and look and think and smile.  Smile at the gifts He has given us.

Blessings,

The Johnstons

When Life Runs Crazy

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You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.  Psalm 139:5 NIV

Good morning!

Sometimes our days can run out of control.  We catch ourselves coming and going and backtracking and unsure of how we are going to get to where we are headed.  Let’s be honest, sometimes we can even lose track of exactly where it was that we were headed in the first place.

I love how the scriptures talk over and over about Jesus going before us and being behind us but I especially love here in Psalms 139 where it says You hem me in...it’s personal.  It shows us that His love surrounds us all the time, and that He cares deeply enough for each one of us to hem us in when we need it.

Let’s pause and take a few deep breaths today and let Him hem us in.

Blessings,

The Johnstons

 

Encourage One Another

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Good morning!

This has been a tough month for a lot of people… everyone we seem to talk to lately has been sick or they have sick kids.  As parents with young kiddos we know it can be rough.  That is why we need each other!  God built us for relationship…

-that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.  Romans 1:12

You will not have to look far this week to find someone to encourage.  Grab coffee with a friend, dinner with family, or even a phone call to reach out and let someone know they are not walking alone.  We are blessed when we can bless others.

Blessings,

The Johnstons

Fullness of Joy

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Good morning!

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  Psalm 16:11

So often we chase after joy.  We chase “things” we believe will make us happy and bring us joy.  But as King David so wisely penned…in His presence, there is where we will find fullness of joy.  It isn’t something we have to chase after, it is Someone we lean into.

As we start our week out let’s stop seeking the things of this world to fill us with joy.  Let’s lean into Him and praise him because only He can make us whole.

Blessings!

The Johnstons

 

Rest Assured

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Good morning!

All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  Psalm 139:16

It is so easy to become anxious on our journey… to want so badly to run ahead of where we are.  We want to

  • Run further from our pain
  • Run into a better job or promotion
  • Run towards children that sleep all night
  • Run to a time different from now

But from our experience God is never early, but he hasn’t ever been late either.  He uses each day, each experience to grow us closer into who He made us to be.

Let’s let go of the things we can’t control and trust Him with our days.  We can walk confidently in our path when we trust the One we know is paving the way.

Blessings!

The Johnston’s

 

Never Forget

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Good morning!

I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator and King.  I am the LORD, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea.  Isaiah 43:15-16

When we have a bad day or even go through a rough week instead of getting defeated let us turn our eyes to the Creator and remember who He is.  He is the One who can make a dry path through the sea.

Believe that He is making a way for you!

Blessings,

The Johnston’s

 

3 Keys to Start the Week Off Right!

Good morning!

Sometimes when Monday morning rolls back around and we restart the week it can make us feel overwhelmed OR we can choose to make it a great one.  I want to share with you 3 key things to starting your week (and each day) off right!

  1. Do not dwell on the past.  Whether that means last week, last month or last year.  It is important to wake up ready for the fullness of this day and this week.  Isaiah 43:18-19 says “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Believe that God is making a way for you today.
  2. Look upward toward heaven.  When we look up we are reminded of who He is and all that He has created.  It opens our eyes to see beyond ourselves.  Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.  Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.  Isaiah 40:26  He created the heavens and the earth.  He created you and me…and we are here on purpose for a purpose.
  3. Give thanks.  Start each day by writing down at least 5 things that you are thankful for.  When we slow down long enough to acknowledge all that the Father has already done for us, and we list them out line by line, it opens our hearts wide open to see Him at work in our lives every single day.  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.  Psalm 106:1

Let’s start this week off right!!

Blessings,

The Johnston’s

 

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