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Mrs. Made-New

by Jani Lippert Promnitz Joyous Living FB

When we feel like we can't hold it all together, we begin to start thinking on the right track. Because we can't and never will. But, we can rest in the promise that he can and always will.

I recently had a birthday. Did I hear a happy birthday? Awe, thanks guys! Don't worry if you wondered if I celebrated; believe me, I did and still am. Anyway, my mom wrote me a sweet birthday card as moms do. In the card was a list of all the past year's highlights: coaching volleyball, teaching a year of 5th grade, delivering Joy to the world, resigning from teaching and coaching, becoming a full-time wife and mom, celebrating Jon and my one-year anniversary, and finally moving to a new town, church, and home. These were all good things, but that list makes my head hurt just thinking about it.

Probably the toughest part of the year for me besides delivering a baby was our move. I hate moving. I hate leaving things. I wouldn't have ever left my parent's house if I wasn't kicked out. I usually love where I am, and I'm perfectly comfortable staying there. 

But, thankfully God doesn't let me. He has bigger plans for me than I can see for myself.

So, what does God do? He moves me. Sometimes he has to break me down before he can get me to move out of my comfort zone. And that is just what he did again to me this summer. But, I am so thankful that he did because now I can see part of the bigger picture he was painting for me. I have never felt safer, happier, or more at home.

And I think that is the point. God will shake us up and break us down so that he can rescue us out of the darkness we are hiding in; the mess we are sitting in; the crutches we are leaning on; and bring us into his glorious light; his safe refuge; his life that brings freedom.

Are you feeling broken? Are you worn down? Are you scared? Are you tired? Are you losing control?

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28:

"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

I will repeat that:

"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

And again:

"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Last time, now listen:

"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Thank you, Jesus. 

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  • Julie


    I’m turning 62 this year. I can hardly believe it myself. But, I’ve decided that I no longer want to live comfortably. I want to live with a spirit of adventure like I had in the past. To be unafraid of what’s new or different. I want to remain so open to the Spirit of the living God that his love compels me to go wherever he leads me.
  • LuAnn


    I am passionate about people leaning into all that Jesus is. You. Me. Us. Journeying together with God. This is my greatest blessing. And now that my kiddos are out on their own, I’m learning to navigate my new normal. And I am finding there is life after little ones and teens after all!
  • Emilie


    I am currently finishing my degree in relational communications and plan to graduate in the spring of 2020!! I am thankful I have had time to grow, heal, appreciate a slower pace of living, and to invest more time into relationships with family, friends, and God. Through this process I am learning what I want to prioritize in my life and figuring out ways to make that happen. Most of all, I am figuring out that life is all about process, taking steps closer to where I want to be and celebrating the little victories but also accepting that there will be setbacks and disappointments along the way.
  • Sally


    Sally Cranham is a singer and writer from the UK. She uses biblical narrative and her own experience to write deeply into the heart of the human condition. She currently works as a volunteer for SourceMN as their Arts Outreach Coordinator and has lived as a Residential Volunteer at Source’s anti-trafficking transitional annex alongside women who have come out of the life of prostitution.
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