Rest, Growth, Harvest

A beautiful evening…

Prior to our painting event, God led us to study Mark 4:26-29, in which, Jesus used the story about the seed.  Are we in a time of rest, growth, or harvest?  No matter what season, God tenderly loves us through it all.  As we shared our stories, I was amazed at the personal reflections of each God story.  With only a few words, each of us heard the work that God was doing, and the faith that He will continue that work.

I laid in bed praying for my friends and loved ones.  To share your heart is a treasure–a gift of vulnerability that is sacred.  I appreciated my mom’s comments on her time of rest at 84 years old, and how our home allows for her and my father to rest in this chapter of their lives.

A harvest of adult children coming home from college

Growth of a baby in a womb

Growth from a new and God-ordained job and wedding to come

Rest from the work to focus on small children this summer

Rest and patience for the growth to come–“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams…….”

Growth in discipline to follow God’s will and obedience so that rest will come

Understanding that rest, growth, and harvest can simultaneously be going on in different areas in your life and to trust God in the journey and listen–be in the moment without anxiety

Growth of a new job and transition to a dream realized

Growth in transitions and possibilities of new jobs, adventures, careers

Celebration within the growth and harvest

As we painted, I realized the symbolism within the process.  We began with a blank, white canvas but our instructor had carefully ordered the steps.  God brings direction and order to our journey.  It is up to us to show up, pick up the paint brush, and begin the work.

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Each step had purpose.  Some steps were more challenging.  Directions needed clarification.  In those times, we sought each other’s support, and we reached out to our instructor for personal guidance, and sometimes, we just asked her to pick up our canvas and “fix it”.  The instructor would always ask, “Is it okay if I do this for you?”

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In our times of growth, God will intervene and ask hard questions of us.  Our obedience is our willingness to hand over the canvas and let Him work.  Give up control.  Friends beside you laughing, agreeing with you that “it” can be hard, and allowing you to see their mistakes and triumphs spur us on.  One of my friends actually used that word–“spur”.  We laughed and agreed that God’s Word confirms the “spurring on” in this journey.

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From the rest, to growth, to the harvest….

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As we began to finish up our painting, the progress was exhilarating!  Although each of us had similar paintings, we all were at different points of the process, and, at each step, we celebrated!  From the white canvas to the finished product!  Complete!  Beautiful!  The hard work paid off!  If we were to quit during the difficult or confusing times of rest (some of us took breaks for more cookies), or growth (outlining the flower), our harvest, or completed masterpiece, would not be realized.  The rest was important and gave us renewed hope as we came back to the process.

As we began to finish the work, it was obvious that we gained more confidence with each passing step. One step accomplished took us to a new level of growth and completeness!  We really are artists!  My mom shared, “Just call me Picasso!”  My friend’s husband called her “Mocasso”.   Her name is Monica!  🙂

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“Mocasso”
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“Picasso”

I appreciated the comments shared while painting.  Stories of babies, jobs, dreams, hopes, failures, insecurities, and most of all laughter.  My beautiful friend at one point put her hand on Victoria’s belly and Adelaide jumped for joy! All of us prayed over Victoria with a special prayer from a friend shared on a prayer card.

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This journey is not for wimps, and we need each other.  We need to be okay with who we are right now in the journey.  Give God our canvas of dreams, follow in obedience His steps, lean into Him, and laugh with friends.

Today Adelaide will be born.

My daughter’s growth; our harvest.  God is faithful.

Thank you friends for a beautiful night…..

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Please contact Tina Oberg for your night of fun!

Tina Oberg:  804-690-1431, text or call for your painting event!

 

 

 

The Final Transformation

Funerals are a sobering celebration. I attended a family funeral on Friday. The pastor shared a personal message of transformation. The message in light of death and resurrection had a mysterious weight. Words spoken were not only absorbed in your mind, but your eyes experienced transformation.

Transformation: an act, or process, a complete or major change in someone’s or something’s appearance, form

As I looked around me, I saw people in the midst of a transformation while celebrating a life completely transformed. We, in the audience, represented a myriad of seasons, life stories, ages, struggles, thoughts, disappointments, confusion, peace…

No one but the deceased could claim, “I am completely healed.”

Intellectually we know this spiritual truth, but we so desire to have the spiritual life span of a caterpillar that transforms into the long-awaited butterfly.

However, this beautiful miracle in God’s nature is the hope of things to come.  We are not without hope in our transformation process.

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I’m reading Jackie Kendall’s book  “Surrender Your Junior God Badge”.

The key is not achieving flawlessness, it’s being faithful although flawed. We can be comfortable with our flawed nature, instead of trying to cover it up. (pg 60-61)

I think I was born with this badge–striving for perfection, control, and excessive reasoning.  For me to feel safe and confident “it” must be understood and worked out according to the plans set forth.  I’ve learned over the years to be flexible and roll with “it”, but my soul work is waiting to finally and “once-and-for all” be completely healed of the “what if’s?” and constant reasoning.

Mother Teresa proclaimed that “God was not calling her to be successful, but to be faithful”.

The reality?

You will not be completely transformed until your death day–your funeral.  All your friends and loved ones will look on and listen to your legacy.  I can assure you the pastor or friend will talk about some of your flaws in order to add humor, or tell a story from your past that describes your earthly character. You will not be in the audience, so just remember the stories and tales are told to make those left behind feel more comfortable in their humanity.

You?

You will be in the presence of Jesus, transformed, and complete.  Your glory to glory transformation will done.

So, don’t be so hard on yourself and others. We are ALL in a cocoon called humanity.  God is at work in each of us. No one, not one of us is perfect.  You will fail.  You will struggle. It’s okay.

God loves you.

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

 

 

Trauma Informed Care

This work is based on Heather T. Forbes and her book

Help for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approaching to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom

PowerPoint was created by Sandy Crusco, school psychologist, Anna Hebb, School Social Worker, and Alex Patton, 2nd Grade Teacher

PowerPoint with Voice:

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