my new space :)

I’ve been busy on my own little DIY project – want to see it? Click this link: http://flipagram.com/f/YRwQMoKrwi

At the beginning of the summer, my husband began to consider a small unused space in our church offices.  I decided to jump in with my idea: I need an office!  Our church offices are housed in the former parsonage, and this room is the smallest and in the very back.  Perfect!  (I may have mistakenly thought that this would also mean it was the quietest, but happily I was wrong – let’s come back to that in a minute!)

Once the decision was made and work began, I went to shopping.  Anything from a clearance rack or any forgotten items in my attic or my mother’s basement or trinkets from local thrift stores was fair game – I love re-purposed items, and I love anything with a story.  Furniture was collected and walls were painted.  My little office was quickly filled with treasures!  Chalkboards, bulletin boards, dry-erase boards that will continually be changed (fun!), favorite pictures and favorite books that will stay the same (comforting!). My daughter sewed curtains (darling), my husband painted walls (on his day off, no less – what a sweetheart he is) and I painted trim and hung pictures and sanded tabletops…. I love the finished product!

Since I moved in 3 days ago, my “quiet corner” has been full of activity!  Constant stream of visitors: invited guests as well as friends who know their invitation is always open. A young missionary came to share her heart for her new mission field, and I was honored to pray with her and offer monthly financial support.   One little visitor brought her recorder and her book so we could “practice together” (I gotta be honest – I didn’t see that one coming, but I loved it!).  I am praying that this space will be a respite and sanctuary, a place of ministry and purpose, a place of visits and smiles and sharing, but I have to be careful about maintaining the balance.

You see, we can easily become tied up with “busy-ness” and “things”, and we lose sight of the real treasure.  Luke 12:34 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  The entire chapter of Luke 12 is warnings and encouragements straight from the heart of our Savior Jesus Christ.  In my life, I need to keep my focus on the most important thing: pursuing and growing my relationship with the Lord, and loving His people well. First and foremost, I am a child of God.  All the other roles (wife, mom, teacher, pastor, friend, sister, the list goes on and on) are secondary – and I won’t be successful in any of those other roles unless I take time to quiet myself and spend time in the presence of the Lord for the sole purpose of spending time in the presence of the Lord.

Take a moment for yourself.  Don’t pray to be a better “fill-in-the-blank-for-yourself-here” just yet – just pray about being His child.  Don’t read the Bible so that you can teach others around you just yet – just read the Bible so you can get to know His character better.  Don’t allow your relationship with the Lord to become about serving Him or His people just yet – foster your relationship with the Lord so that you will have a relationship with the Lord.  I know you are busy (me too!), but let’s stop for a minute or two and just be His.

If you can slow down enough to pursue God, you know what will happen?  You will be a better “fill-in-the-blank-for-yourself-here”!  You will be so full of His presence and peace that you will be able to minister to others around you out of your overflow!  You will be a better servant to the people blessed enough to be within your sphere of influence. Remove the self-imposed pressure to be “the best”.  In this same chapter of Luke, Jesus encourages us, “seek God’s kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well” (12:31).

The treasure is the presence of God.  I’m praying that you will take a minute to seek it today, just for you.  I believe the Lord will meet you!  Be blessed by His generous spirit today – He is so kind to us!

Praying that you find the treasure of His presence today,

Jennifer 🙂

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