in the middle

Do you have some situations in your life that seem to be unfinished?  Take a minute to consider that the day between Good Friday & Easter (today) seems to often get overlooked in light of the events on the adjacent days.  But this middle day is necessary & very frequently where many of us live at various times & in various situations.  If we think about it, beginnings and endings seem to get lots of attention, but the middle is the bridge & continuity between the beginning & the end.  Here are a few things to help you manage the middle:

  • Rest:  sometimes the middle is about taking a pause –  when Jesus was in the tomb on Sat, His disciples had the Sabbath, which was a day of rest & pause;
  •  Trust:  it’s important to agree that God gives us what we need when we need it, including the middle season;  when Jesus rose from the dead, there was a TREMENDOUS amount of activity so the Saturday pause was essential
  • Be present on this day:  I have no doubt in my mind that Jesus’ disciples were 100% traumatized by what happened on Good Friday & were most likely totally consumed with what had just happened (yesterday) or what was going to happen (tomorrow)
  • Faith:  Jesus told His disciples many times that He would raise from the dead after 3 days;  God’s promises are solid and reliable

surprise, surprise!

My dad hated surprises – particularly bad surprises, but he wasn’t too keen on good ones either. I learned very quickly that I needed to give him lots of forewarning to avoid the “surprise fallout.”  I also learned from his reactions that not everyone thinks that surprises are fun.  Indeed, some people completely hate surprises, which can be kind of tricky to navigate when raising children (who are FULL of surpises).  So here are some helpful thoughts about surprises:

  • no “surprise” catches God off-guard, since God is all-knowing
  • since God is all-knowing, we get to trust that God’s plans are always better than anything we could consider
  • it seems to me that staying calm is a good way to navigate surprises for the best outcomes
  • despite our best efforts, there is always the unexpected in our lives so it’s better to be flexible than resistant 🙂
  • it always helps me to remember that God is sovereign & nothing makes God jittery!

Don’t forget to stay in touch with Saving Moses over the next month for some GREAT SURPRISES!!!

Attitude Effects Altitude

If the truth be known, I have to really mind my attitude in the holiday season. Unfortunately, I find it easy to get cranky, impatient & snarky. I tend to try & justify this stuff saying I’m tired, I have lots of extra work, etc. But I want to do better this year & I want to manage my attitude more than letting it manage me. For me, the best way to accomplish this is to ask God for help as frequently as possible, along w memorizing a few Bible verses. Attitude affects altitude 🙂

managing isn’t the same as growing

I have some weak spots in my life that can be really frustrating to me:  I don’t like it when I fumble meeting a new person, I don’t like it when I want to get back at someone for a petty insult, I don’t like it when one of my insecurities makes me look stupid & there’s lots more.  But I’ve been thinking about some of these things lately & I’ve decided that I have a choice:  I can manage these weak spots & work around them OR I can change & grow bigger than these weak areas.  I’ve certainly done much in the management realm, but I am feeling challenged to let the Holy Spirit work on me with the change & grow realm.

Ultimately, I’m very happy that the Holy Spirit continues to work with me, knowing that with His help, I can only get better & better!  How about you???  Are you managing or growing? 🙂