Come away to a secluded place

By: Carole L. Haines 

 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) 

I’ve been so distracted this week, Dear friends, so spun around. I haven’t had the heart to write at all. There are two phrases running through my head lately. 

“I keep hearing voices in my mind that say I’m not enough…I will never measure up.” (song: You say  by: Lauren Daigle)  

“I’m just a drop of water in an endless Sea,”
 (Dust in the Wind By: Kerry Livgren, KANSAS) 

In this New Adventure God has called me to, I see that there really is an endless sea of others out there. But that’s not what God has called me to. When I first started my blog, HisShadowings, 12 years ago, I was simply writing what God showed me in His Word and putting it out there, trusting that He would get it to whoever needed to hear it for that day. I have allowed the lure of marketing and branding, etc. To pull me away from that simplicity. Jesus speaks to me this verse:

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Well, I sense Jesus calling me back to that simplicity. No more looking at followers, or numbers, or likes. I hear His voice saying to me, “Abide, Carole. Come back and embrace the simplicity of abiding in me.” 
O Jesus, I miss You, I miss that simplicity. With You, Lord, I am enough because You say to me, “Come away from all that, Carole. Come away back to the purity and simplicity of Christ in You, the hope of glory.” 

When I feel like that single drop of water, Jesus tells me: 

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38) 

When this crazy writing journey makes me feel like I’m not enough, that I’ll never measure up, Jesus whispers to my heart:  

“Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”  (Mark 6:31) 

Perhaps the world or life has been whispering to you that you are a mere drop of water. Jesus says, “Believe in me and you will become a river.” Or perhaps your career, job, relationships have been making you feel that you are not enough. But Jesus is whispering, “Come away with me to a secluded place,” and I will help you see Yourself as I see you.  

Come away with Jesus, how inviting. I am starting my journey back to the Simplicity of Abiding today, right now, this morning. Join me on that Journey with Jesus, if you feel led of Him to do so. He is truly all I want and all I need. Be Blessed, Dear Friends. 

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