Living in a Mess

  Today is day 6 of the #PrepareOurHeartForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional. 

This passage in the Naptime Diaries Advent Journal:

“It’s Jesus’ greatest desire to be with us in the mess of our kitchen floors and the mess of our souls. How do I know? Fast forward to nine months after the Annunciation to Mary in the midst of the Nativity scene, surrounded by livestock, hay and dirt. I know she was welcoming the Lord into the mess, trusting in His promises of love and mercy.” Amen.

Oh man, do I dislike ‘mess’. All my friends who know me well will know how I despise clutter, mess, disorder in my life. But having Jesus in my life has helped me in that respect. The fact that being ‘orderly’, ‘clean’, ‘neat’ is my effort in controlling my own life and creating a facade for others. With Jesus in my life, I can trust that He has it under control and that He is with me, messy or not. That He is my priority. Not the mess.

Today’s dancer pose reminds me that I can ‘dance’ in my mess sometimes. While I’m dancing, might as well throw some of the clutter around and have a bit of fun, seeing Jesus is dancing with me anyways. 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 

P.S. I burnt my OCD away during the burning and oil ceremony at my Holy Yoga Retreat. And I’m so glad I did. 🙌🏻

Yearning for Him

  Today is day 5 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional, using the day 5 devotional from Nap Time Diaries’ Advent Journal.

“He longs for us to expect Him to show up. And if we’re not living lives with baited breath and goosebumps in anticipation of what God wants to do in our lives, then I think we are missing out on His best life for us.”  

Wow……….. WOW. This is a confronting one for me. Do I yearn for Him to show up in my life?  In my meditation, I was stuck on this word – YEARN.

This is a strong word and indeed, I find myself yearning for Him to show up in my life….when life gets TOUGH.  There seems to be a co-relationship between life’s struggles and yearning for Him.  The tougher it gets the more I yearn. It made me think about when life good.  Do I still yearn for Him.  Most of us will pray when the going gets rough.  How about on days when it’s all sunny and blue skies.  On those good days, do we still yearn for our God to show up in our lives?

Oh how this quiet time is sooo good.  It grounds me.  It reminds me that while my life is good, I must not forget to love Jesus, love my Father above, to thank Him for His mercy, for His grace.  To yearn for Him to show up in every minuscule moment of my life.

Do you pray in desperation?  Let’s ask ourselves a tough question.  If you’re praying in desperation, surely it means we believe that some things are beyond our human control.  Then why not, thank Him, when things are good?  Christianity is not a religion.  It is a relationship.  Surely in our human relationships, we don’t just ask for stuff when we’re desperate.  Surely we also nurture the relationship by speaking words of love, too…Food for thought.