Five kids, one dirty dog, one messy house, and one demanding husband into life, she lost it.
Took her daughter to the ER one day ~ I remember sitting in the van singing the Romans 8:28 song while we drove her there~ and she walked out of that ER loony.
She went missing and even after they found her and her frightened daughter on a street corner in Tampa, it took a while for us to really find her. It was like her mom before her…and her mom before her. Just like generations of moms past, sprinkled throughout a lineage as far back as I can trace. I come from a long line of women who’ve up and gone crazy, lost their minds, gone stark mad.
And words, they can be weapons. Words like, “You remind me of your Aunt…” “You’ll never be good enough.” “Look how you’ve done it now!”
It’s true that fear can mark you, hunt you down, shape your identity.
If you let it.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly… For if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation.”
We can ”let” the word of others root in us… or we can “let” the word of Christ be what dwells in us richly. Not our past. Not our mistakes. Not a lousy year full of regret and bad choices. Not our inadequacies. Not the words of friends, foes, or facebook.
The word of Christ.
And if Christ didn’t come for the healthy but the sick… if He didn’t come to call the righteous but sinners (Mark 2:17), then that means we have real hope. His words are LIFE and truth and everything we need.
We can stop letting everything else take root and let the word dwell in us richly and we can marinate in those words and that’s how we can live out the new year and the new you. We can remember we’ve been redeemed from the past.
“You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God. Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your real life is Christ…”
~ Colossians 3:1-4
So there’s been this prompting to do something new here in this space. Something I’ve never done before. Pray about joining in? A way for us to let Words be our Wealth, a way to be rich and full with heaven. Because really? There’s no better way I’d rather spend my 2014… my life… than feasting on Christ.
In the next 24 hours I’ll be sharing the details! Whenever I get the invitation ready… perhaps around midnight? Can’t wait to slip it to you!