Hey there friend!
I’m so glad you are here today and I’m thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of the Going Beyond Ministry team! Abisha (pronounced A-bah-sha) has been a delightful addition to our family.
We are honored to have her. She is splendid in so many ways and for so many reasons.
Her first blog is a testament to her deep well of insight and personal relationship with Jesus. The message she conveys here resonates with me on so many levels.
I love it and I love her.
I just know that you will too!
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So, I recently broke up with hurry. I have always been a “working woman” but several years ago I became a working wife and mom, and for as long as I can remember, hurry has always been a part of the equation.
Washing school uniforms the night before the school week hits, getting kids up at the crack of dawn, packing lunches and diaper bags, and making sure the hubby has everything he needs all before we walk out the door. . .
Hurry has always been there like an honorary fourth child, if you will. Hurry had been nourished and included in our daily business as a family.
It wasn’t until I recently noticed that hurry only hung out with me. Hurry only showed up in my day-to-day activities as a wife and a mom, and the only one that hurry affected was me.
I lay in bed one night thinking, “Lord, I know I need to learn to slow down, but it won’t all get done if I don’t race against the clock! If I rest, it will all just pile up.” I mean, I was getting it all done, my kids were successfully able to participate in extra curricular activities outside the load of schoolwork, my work was getting done, time with my hubby was spent, and the house was in order . . . the only problem was, I wasn’t enjoying any of it. It had all become a life full of schedules and check lists . . . my life had become one big task.
The Lord spoke to me that night. He said, “Abisha . . . I have been replaced by hurry. You have put so much of your faith in hurry’s hands that you are missing the moments of the day where I speak to you, the moments of the day where I am able to take your load, the moments of the day where I show you that I Am Lord and I can help you handle anything that you have on your plate.
You simply have to make room for Me.
Room for me to operate on your behalf when you’re depleted, overwhelmed, or when you simply need rest. You have allowed hurry to rob you of a deeper understanding of Me, a deeper relationship with Me, and most importantly, time with Me.
My heart sank. He was right. When will I learn that He always is? I had made “getting it done” a priority and, in return, I was not taking the time to enjoy the moments and the memories being created with my husband and children. And I certainly wasn’t sharing adequate time with My Papa. So that’s it, I broke up with hurry. I released the grip I had on being in control and keeping to a tight schedule, to allow myself bask in The Lord’s abundant grace, love, and REST. I’m learning to actually trust the fact that He is far capable of holding it all together, even when I am not.
That is His strength operating within my weakness, and THAT’S a beautiful thing.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Matthew 11:28 The Message (MSG)