This is the second of six planned guest posts by blogging friends of mine on Love Embraced: A Journey in and through Suffering, a book I will be releasing on Mother’s Day (8 May 2016). Each of the guest bloggers reflect on one quote from #LoveEmbraced that spoke to them the most. Today, Jennifer Moye is joining us.
She is wife to an Airman, mom to three rambunctious little boys and author of soon to be released A Gospel Christmas. This beautifully illustrated book captures Jennifer and her boys’ 25-day journey of teaching Elfie (Elf-on-a-shelf) a little grace and exploring the life of Jesus through scripture and easy crafts in preparation for Christmas. You can find my review of the book here: Jesus through the Eyes of Children: A Review of Jennifer Moye’s A Gospel Christmas.
Isn’t it amazing how God intricately and intimately weaves His purpose throughout the tapestry of our everyday lives? We talk about God knowing us and being with us always, but when we literally and physically hit the pause button (or maybe just the slow motion button) of our busy schedule His presence is revealed in an intimate way that we would otherwise just rush past.
I have the privilege of being a part of a book launch team for a beautiful person and writer named Anna Smit. Being a member of a launch team has many perks but my favorite is free books (just being honest). I was able to read through Anna’s new book Love Embraced this past month and I just have to share with you one of the many nuggets in this gem of a book.
I think my favorite, if I have to pick just one, chapter was the writing on inviting the embrace into joy (chapter 49). Anna tells a beautiful story of taking time to slow down and just rest with her daughter:
No matter if you are a stay-at-home mom, you work 80 hours a week, or you fall somewhere in between I think we can all agree that life just rushes by too fast. Our children seem to grow at lightning speed. We blink and they have grown 10 years! As Anna also points out, God instructs us to come to Him for rest:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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
Like so many things in life, our kids get this. At least the little ones do. They do not bear the heavy burdens and yoke of the world as we do. They don’t stress over bills to pay, doctor appointments, pleasing a boss . . . they simply rest in who they are. The thing is, we should too. We are children as well. Children of the King of Heaven. Our Father is extending out His mighty hand to us every day, inviting us to trade our cumbersome, self-loaded burdens for His easy-to-carry yoke. He can handle it. He is God. It is as simple as trusting Him enough to give Him everything, to trust that He can handle my stuff. When I take that step and allow Him to teach me and mold me, only then will I find the rest that I so desperately search for.
Wouldn’t it be something to having within us that same joyful intent and life that Anna saw in her precious daughter? How would that change our lives? How would that change the lives of our children? Our marriage? He is reaching His hand to you right now, “Come to me…and find rest.”
I hope you will grab a copy of Anna’s book as soon as it releases on May 8th (Mother’s Day). It will be available on Amazon.com.
Anna is releasing Love Embraced, a book about her journey in and through suffering into God’s mighty arms on May 8th (Mother’s Day: in honor of her Mum, who passed into heaven on April 8th 2014, and God’s shining Light in her). For more information about Love Embraced: A Journey in and through Suffering, head on over to her author’s Facebook Page. Anna’s dear friend Emily Stephenson is also promoting the book with beautiful handmade jewelry, inspired by #LoveEmbraced. Below is an example of what you can find at The Wildflower Heart: