Jesus Ate: A My Redeemer Lives Resurrection Reminder

One year, shortly after Easter, I heard a passage from Luke in church. Three days later, it dawned on me that Jesus was eating.

That seems very un-unique as an insight; Jesus ate with people all the time, and as long as we exist with books or the internet as part of our lives, we likely have Da Vinci’s depiction of the Last Supper etched in our minds.

Jesus ate. Son of God, Son of Man, ate for 33 years on this earth…

plus 40 days.

What dawned on me after that Luke reading was that the Resurrected Jesus was eating.

Jesus walked around after the Resurrection. He had conversations in the garden by the tomb and along the road to Emmaus. He called the disciples out from their boats once again and invited them to dinner. He taught. He prayed. He held Thomas’s hand to His side.

He wasn’t less God or less Man these forty days than He was on Christmas morn. This was mind-blowing to me and this insight settled in my heart like this –

If Jesus ate after his Resurrection, and loved on his disciples, and preached the good news, then even though I can’t see Him in front of my face, this same Resurrection God lives and works in my life every day.

He eats with me.

He teaches me.

He prays with me.

He holds my hands and wipes my tears.

The Resurrection is so powerful. It means God’s presence and life in our days.

I want God’s presence and life! He is Living Water for my thirsty soul.

Let’s discover our Resurrection God together where He is always, always found – in His Word.

In My Redeemer Lives, we’ll talk about resurrections throughout Scripture, but we’ll also talk about what God’s doing now, what God is resurrecting now, in our lives. We’ll talk about words, and what they mean, where they point us, and what promises His Word gives.

Words like…

Glory

Heartbreak

Waiting

Light

Rest

What words do you think of when you think of the word resurrection? Share with us in the comments!

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Jesus ate. Jesus eats with us each day.

And because my Redeemer lives, there will be a day when we share a Feast with Him that we can’t even begin to imagine.

Ready for some resurrection reminders?

I Love My Shepherd is partnering with PureJoyCreative to offer you weekly Bible margins, Scripture cards, and other visual reminders of the life our Redeemer brings to our days. Some will be free downloads, and others will be available for purchase in the PureJoyCreative Etsy store.

Here is the first freebie to get you started – a My Redeemer Lives Scripture engagement page to take notes on, write prayer requests, or color as you study in the coming weeks! Click on the image for this free download.

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Developing a Theology of Anxiety…and Why It Matters (The Truth about Mental Health)

In the famous words of Lin Manuel Miranda via Hamilton: An American Musical

“If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for?”

My oldest daughter wanted a t-shirt with this phrase on it for Christmas, but low and behold, of all the Hamilton shirts I could find… this one didn’t exist, at least in time for Christmas.

I have a theory. It’s just so much work to even know what we stand for.

It’s work to scour the internet for research on whether news is fake or real. It’s work to decide what matters to us personally. It’s work to jump on another bandwagon when the next day brings a new thing we need to stand up for.

It helps to have a basic foundation. It helps to believe in something greater and bigger and truer than momentary movements and messages.

As you can imagine, I don’t expect you to know how you feel about everything, or take on every social injustice. But if you’re tired of trying to figure out what ideas to keep and which to set aside, it’s time to get into the Word.

There is a theology to everything we think, feel, and see in this life. We have a basic belief system through which we view life. That thing, whatever it is, gives us stability in an ever changing world.

Why do we need a theology of anxiety in particular?

I’m so glad you asked!

Without a basic lens, you feel like you’re watching a tennis match: looking one way and then the next, following the thing of the moment hoping it’s something that matters.

Studying topics and concerns from the foundation of Scripture tells us what God values, how God sees our situation and our need…otherwise we end up feeling sad, alone, and abandoned because He isn’t participating in this life with us or by our rules.  Then we default to whatever sounds like a good idea to help us at any given time, trying one thing, then the next, and the next, so we end up feeling worse.

In this episode, we look at what God values rather than what the world around us values, and how it affects anxiety and the care we offer for anxiety, as well as mental health stigma in general.

After you listen, give us your thoughts! How do you think the foundations we recognize in our life impact mental health, spiritual care, and anxiety in particular?

*Did you know? The ILMS podcast is sponsored in part by Melissa Sue Photo and Design. I highly recommend her! She does much of my graphic art work and is a gifted professional photographer. She is unapologetically enthusiastic about helping people tell their stories! Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and her website. Pssst – she’s helping me redesign ilovemyshepherd.com this summer, so look for an exciting reveal in the Fall. 😉

Above All Names – Bread of Life

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

John 6:35

When we were in Spain this fall, I watched as sweet little old women walked along the sidewalks each morning, pushing bag carts to pick up large crusty loaves of fresh baked bread. They bought just enough bread for the family, for that day. Jesus is just enough. He is just what we need for this day. As the Bread of Life, that Baby Boy sustains us. He fills us. He satisfies us. We take in His Word, and that Bread gives us everything we need to understand what is before us. And even when it feels unsure and uncertain, He knows what we do not. He is enough. So we don’t have to be.