So much has gone on these last six months.  We have been surrounded by death, birth, new decisions, new circumstances, and just life in general.  In the midst of all of this, I was visiting with one of my friends, and she said, “Misti, you can PULL THAT CARD.”

Just what does PULL THAT CARD mean?  Pulling that card means that you can check out of things that you would typically do.  You take a much-needed break and don’t feel guilty about it.

My friend was saying this to me because she knows that I am tired.  She knew that it is a time in my life that difficulties have surrounded me.

Everyone has a time like this in their life.  It is a time that amid the sunshine, there is darkness.  In the joys, you have sorrow.  The emotions are a roller coaster that is sometimes up and sometimes down, and every day when you wake up, you don’t know where you will be.  These times are filled with expectations of what you expect that doesn’t become a reality.  It is filled with loneliness that most don’t understand.  It is during these times that you can PULL THAT CARD and take a break.
 Last week the reason I didn’t have Coffee with Cupcake was that I had hit a wall.  Between cleaning out my mom’s house and then on to moving Anna to a new location and a new start.  With this came the emotions of packing up and throwing out my childhood, driving for long hours with a swerving U-Haul, and not much sleep.
I had sat down several times, trying to put my thoughts together, and it just didn’t work.  Every week God leads me to my three little words, but last week it wasn’t happening.  In a way, it wasn’t that it wasn’t happening. I think God was speaking to me, and I finally had to listen.  He was saying, “Pull That Card; you need rest.” My friend had given me permission, and God confirmed.

My nature is to keep going and keep going, but I have realized that I am not the energizer bunny.  My battery runs out, and when it runs out, I must stop.  When I don’t, I become an emotional wreck, and that is what I had become.

How many of you keep going when God says stop?
DIVE DEEP INTO THE WORD
It is all about listening and obeying.  It comes from God, but it also comes from our Christian friends that care about us and know that we need to PULL THAT CARD.
PROVERBS 19:20 
Listen to advise and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
One of the best decisions Lauren and I made was to go to a grief counselor.  She gives us much advice and wisdom.  I have learned to listen to her.  One of the most important things that I have learned is that grief is exhausting; life is exhausting.    We must stop; if not, life will make us.
When we need to, it is ok to separate.  Jesus himself separated.   He even got tired and weary.  Separating and taking time for you is a way to keep you healthy.  It would be best if you stayed healthy spiritually, physically, and mentally to be able to do your job on this earth.
We read several times in scripture where Jesus withdrew from everyone.  He left and went to a place by himself.
MARK 1:35 JESUS PRAYS IN A SOLITARY PLACE
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
LUKE 6:12 THE TWELVE APOSTLES
12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
 Jesus, in the human form, had limits.  He knew he had a limit with his physical endurance.  He knew he had to stay healthy.  He had demands on him that were stressful, and he also knew what was ahead of him.  He had to restore and refresh his body so that he wasn’t zapped of much-needed energy.  It is during the time of solitude that Jesus could go to the Lord in prayer, asking for wisdom for the days ahead.
We can find the story in Mark where Jesus was with the crowd then told the disciples to get in the boat and go over to the other side.  While in the boat amidst the storm, Jesus went to sleep.
All the work that Jesus was doing, we assume that he was just exhausted.  He took a much-needed rest.  Jesus wasn’t worried; he wasn’t fearful; Jesus wasn’t going to let the storm rob Him of needed sleep.
If today finds you exhausted and tired, do as Jesus did.  Listen, take the advice and rest.  Rest even during the storm.  Know that when you rest, Christ is taking care of you even if the waves are crashing against your boat.  Taking time alone for you allows you to grow closer to Christ.
When teaching elementary school, the students would pull a card if they were had done something undeserable.  You will be in trouble if you don’t pull that card.  IF you are exhausted, if you need some time PULL THAT CARD, pull it.   Take a rest and spend time with Christ.  Pulling that card enables you to refresh and recharge; if not, you will be in trouble physically, mentally, and spiritually.

CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK

•    Keep your daily appointment

•    Dive deep into the word

•    Pull that card, separate and rest, don’t feel you have to
•    Fill your cup with Christ so you can fill other cups

RESOURCES

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