• The Best Way to Overcome your Burdens

    Take His yoke upon you to lighten the load.As a child, I thought Jesus liked His eggs sunny side up.

    I never understood biblical metaphors like Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

    I don’t want the Lord to be my shepherd?  (It’s a good thing I was a cute child!)

    Psalm 23 goes on to talk about God leading me to still waters.

    Full disclosure, I would rather be led to Krispy Creme when the HOT button is on!

    He also makes me lie down in green pastures?

    I wish he would make me lie down on one of those Tempur-pedic beds! (Have you tried one…The Husband and I are shopping for a new mattress! It’s DREAMY!!)

    “Christ’s yoke is easy and His burden is light” wasn’t helpful information for me to gain insight into how God works.

    All it did was make me think about Jesus eating eggs.

    During our Take heart series I have talked about God’s unfailing love, the Hope we can have in Him, and that we are safe to put our trust in Him.

    This week, I want to talk about REST.

    Not Tempur-pedic bed rest, but spiritual rest.

    Rest that comes from knowing you don’t have to figure life out on your own.

    I DO anxious like a Rock Star but I stink at rest!

    Here’s a Quiz:

    You and your husband decide to drive to Home Depot.

    On the way there, Husband pulls into the car wash.

    What do you do?

    A. Express appreciation to your husband for being thoughtful and taking good care of you car.

    B. Get bent out of shape because Car Wash was NOT in the plan!

    If you chose B, the support group for husbands of wives who have control issues will start once I plan it. (I’ll make cookies!)

    Learning what Matthew 11:30 really means challenges me daily (and sometimes HOURLY) to practice REST.

    Matthew 11:30

    “For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

    First things first. It’s YOKE not YOLK. (Glad I cleared that up for myself!)

    Now, to understand this passage, you have to know the context.

    Jesus was speaking to the people about spiritual burdens that the Pharisees had played upon them.

    Some say the Pharisees added over 600 regulations about what “working” on the Sabbath meant.

    Legalism leads to guilt, shame, self-righteousness, and burdens no one could endure.

    Rest in the knowledge that you are not alone.

    Take my yoke (not yolk) upon you and learn from me.

    This was the perfect metaphor for people to understand.

    A yoke (not yolk) is a fitted harness that secures 2 oxen together.

    The farmer is specific about the oxen he uses to pull the cart.

    On one side, the farmer secures the yoke to the ox that’s well-trained, knows what’s going on, and has been with him for a while.

    On the other side, he secures the younger, possibly stubborn, know it all ox that needs direction.

    The younger ox gets “on the job” training.

    He takes his cue from the other ox.

    If the stubborn ox turns the wrong way, he’s unable to go too far because he and the wiser ox are secured to the same yoke.

    When the oxen are walking together, the yoke rests upon them and the cart is easily pulled.

    The journey is only uncomfortable when the stubborn ox wants to take his own course.

    But, the wiser ox knows the way.

    He knows where the path dips, where the rough patches are, and how steep the hills will be.

    He has walked this path before and he trusts the farmer.

    This does NOT mean the JOURNEY will be easy, it means we are not alone along the way.

    Jesus was urging the people to secure themselves to Him, not to the laws the Pharisees were forcing upon them.

    1 John 5:3-4 (ESV- emphasis mine)

    For this is the love of God, that we keep HIS commandments. And HIS commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.

    Give up doing it the hard way!

    Unburden yourself from going it alone, feeling like you HAVE to control everything, or that YOUR way is the Best way!

    Be secured to Christ.

    He is walking beside us pulling our burdens to lighten the load.

    The next time The Husband pulls into the car wash, I will remember, “I am the stubborn ox!”

    Don't be the Stubborn Ox. Click To Tweet

    And let God lead you to still waters!

    It’s better for you than Krispy Creme.

    To celebrate the end of this series, I have a gift for you!


    I had these Take Heart Notecards made up for you to download.

    You can print them off on card-stock to write scripture, an encouraging note, or just “DON”T BE  THE STUBBORN OX!”

    I would LOVE to see how you use them! Post a pic on Instagram with #takeheartingod




  • How Do You Measure Up To The Truth?

    Do you carry around a measuring stick?Do you carry around a measuring stick?

    Last Friday I introduced you to Kaye Wilson.

    She is a beautiful, intelligent, well-educated, capable woman.

    She has 5 wonderful children, plays the piano, speaks french, and is a certified parenting coach. (which means she literally “knows” how to parent, right?)

    If I put my measuring stick between the 2 of us, I come up short!


    Kaye 5 / Rebecca- 1


    Kaye- well-educated /Rebecca -never finished college

    Gifts and Talents

    Kaye- piano and fluent in French

    Rebecca- quit french horn in High School and after 2 years of French class, can only say, “Hello, friend.” and “How are you”.

    Even though Kaye far surpasses me when measured, she and I have something in common.

    We have struggled with self-confidence.

    My husband I attended the Army Ball a few years ago.

    I bought a beautiful dress, amazing shoes (that tortured my feet), and was having an epic hair day!

    I lost some weight, firmed up and felt sassy!

    The Husband was all decked out in his Dress Uniform! (Hello Soldier, wanna make out in the elevator?)

    As the evening progressed, the time came for a potty break.

    Fix the makeup, tuck everything BACK into the Spanx, (it’s amazing how “stuff” migrates out-of-place) and make sure my hair hadn’t deflated.

    As I walked towards the bathroom, I saw a woman looking at me with her eyes WIDE OPEN!  It took me a moment, but then I realized.

    We were wearing THE SAME DRESS!! (Raise your hand if you’ve had that happen!)

    I could have smiled, said something witty, and shrugged it off.

    Wanna Guess what I did???

    I took out my measuring stick. (Not literally! No room left in my Spanx.)

    She was taller, younger, thinner, and looked amazing in “our” dress.

    The rest of the night, I made sure I didn’t get too close to her.

    If I did, everyone else would find out what I already knew.

    I didn’t measure up.

    Break the measuring stick of comparison. Click To Tweet

    Measure up to what?

    Cindy Bultema recently said, “Satan may tell you what is true, but he will never tell the Capital T Truth.”

    What does that mean?

    It’s true that she was taller, younger, and thinner.

    Does that make her more valuable than I am?

    What if it was the other way around?

    Would being younger, thinner, and taller make ME more significant?

    Of course not!

    Thinking it doesn’t make it true.

    Even if it IS true, is it the “Capital T” Truth?

    We are His workmanship

    What is the “Capital T” Truth?

    You were created in His image. (Genesis 1:27)

    You were fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

    You have value. (Matthew 10:31)

    You have been saved by grace. (Ephesians 2:8)

    You have security in Christ. (Romans 8:39)

    You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)

    You have a glorious future. (Romans 8:18)

    Undoing 41 years of listening to things that may be true (or complete lies) but aren’t the Capital T Truth is difficult.

    Acknowledging brokenness without restoration is uncomfortable.

    That is what this season of my life is about.

    Who do I believe I am and does that line up with the Truth?

    Am I willing to walk in a manner worthy of my calling?

    Are you?






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