Rebuilding: What do you want? – Amber Redmond

Rebuilding: What do you want?

I have an important question today: What do you want?

Coming home to our own desire is sticky work. It leaves us open and vulnerable to the most fleshy parts of our inner world. Much easier to keep that buried. But, what if I told you that God doesn’t mean for our longings to stay buried?

Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? . . . Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30

I believe that in order to “learn the unforced rhythms of grace” from Jesus we must first unlearn all of the things that keep our inner world quiet and yearning.

What if I told you, we can start rebuilding right now?

We’re going to talk about beginning a rebuilding year, but before we jump in, I would like to give you a disclaimer: You do not have to move across the country, or across town, or change the shape of your family, or anything drastic at all to decide to have a rebuilding year. In fact, quite the opposite. I think we should have rebuilding years anytime the angst comes.Your body and your emotions and your inner wisdom know, and I’m giving you permission right now (even though you don’t need it, I’m giving it anyway) to listen.

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