A Little Jesus Goes a Long Way

Recently, my husband preached this sermon:

“A little Jesus goes a long way.”

I’m pretty sure it was just for me. Unintentionally for me, mind you, but spirit-driven straight to my ears, my brain, my heart.

Why do I so often think things need to be sprayed full force with words and ideas?

Why do I think everything needs to be steeped in the spiritual and soaked in theology to be sacred?

Why do I spin so many wheels trying to make deep conversations happen, when a snippet of Grace, a glimpse of His face, is entirely appropriate much of the time?

I don’t want to leave Jesus out. I don’t want to fail to share His goodness, His life, and His forgiveness, but I do want to treasure people enough to resist plowing them down with my Jesus agenda. I want them to know Him and love Him as much as I do, but not lose my relationship with them in the process of trying too hard.

This is one reason we created the Ten Minutes of Series for the podcast. Sometimes a little bit goes a long way. Ten Minutes of contemplation, ten minutes of encouragement, ten minutes of deep and meaningful may just change the course of our days and help us throw a little Jesus into everything else.

Today,

Ten Minutes of Holy

Ten Minutes of Patience

Ten Minutes of Fear

and

Ten Minutes of Courage.

Find them on the podcast page or click on each one to open the episode.

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There is only one more episode in Season 1 still to come! You can catch up on past episodes all summer long. Do you have a road trip? Download some I Love My Shepherd. Do you have yardwork? Download some I Love My Shepherd. Taking an evening walk? Download some I Love My Shepherd. Then tell me where we went together. I love hearing from you!

Season 2 will begin releasing in September 2018.

We’ll also be talking more about a little Jesus and a long way in the I Love My Shepherd Fall Online Study – Love Brave. We’ll release live study dates and all the study details May 29th. Subscribe to ilovemyshepherd.com to be sure you don’t miss it!

Eat the Word, take it into your soul, be encouraged in the every day, and share a little Jesus…it can go a long way.

Brave Women

I meet a lot of brave women wherever I go.

I am sure that you do to, you just may not know it.

I meet my grocery checker pregnant with number two, kind enough to stand on her feet all day and still have a smile on her face.

I meet my neighbor, a retired mama, still caring for her family, bravely sharing with me her story of loss in the middle of that same grocery store aisle.

I meet brave women who have so much joy that it overflows out of them like a garden hose spigot you can’t turn off without getting wet first.

I meet brave women with tears in their eyes, unsure whether they should share their true selves, wondering if even Jesus can take the whole truth. (He can. He always can. That’s a promise.)

I meet brave women who are married and single, from different backgrounds, different corners of the globe. We’re all different sizes. We think differently, brave different challenges, eat different foods, laugh at different jokes, fight for different causes, and have interest in different topics.

As part of the Altogether Beautiful movement, I have decided to begin to collect all the brave, so we can share it. I don’t want to keep the beauty, the resilience, the thoughtfulness, and the impact I see to myself. I always respect anything someone tells me confidentially. We should be keepers of trust and intimacy. So I only share what women give me permission to share, but I do think we can all step further out and further in, changing this world with the simple act of saying,

“This is my story.”

“This is where I’ve been. This is where I am. This is where I’m going.”

“This is the real me.”

These women I meet are Altogether Beautiful.

Made beautiful by a Creator.

Loved fiercely by a Savior.

Today is the first edition of Altogether Beautiful Brave Women. In this short 1 minute and 30 second video, I hope these women encourage you to be a little bit braver too, to share with someone your story, your struggle, and what He is making #altogetherbeautiful.

Because I know, without a doubt, it is Altogether Beautiful too.

Thank you to these first women who participated in our video project! Look for more to come and if you’d like to participate, email me at ilovemyshepherd.com@gmail.com.

Jesus in Everything: Doors

We have a bright red door on our house.

It’s Rust-Oleum Candy Apple Red to be exact. It’s glorious and what I’ve always wanted in a door. I took an online quiz to get just the right color choice for our door. When we moved to Nebraska and bought our first home, just over a year ago, I wanted a door that said

Welcome.

Please stop here.

Come eat our food.

Come sleep in our beds.

But obviously that has to be tempered with

We have four kids, professions, and a lot of scheduling.

It is loud here.

We have lots of food, but a tight budget, so don’t be picky.

and, my personal favorite… We are a bit much.

Doors remind us there is a place for invitation and there is a place for boundaries and margins. People matter more, but self-care does matter. Where is the balance? How much do we invite and when is it appropriate to shut the door?

In today’s podcast, you won’t find ready answers to these questions, but after listening, you will look at doors differently, and see Jesus in interesting places. In this new or renewed perspective, we can begin to answer the balance question for ourselves and tend to our relationships, with the Spirit at the center, guiding us to open and close, to love by stepping forward and love by stepping back in the spaces and places He gives us.

Take a listen and share with us,

What is your door like?

How do you create bravery and balance in your invitations and boundaries?

The Jesus in Everything series is designed to help you see Jesus in…absolutely everything! As Creator of the Universe, Word Made Flesh, Savior of the World, and Spirit that Fills Us, He is in everything and works through everything in our lives. Today we talk through doors, invitations, boundaries, safety, and relationships.