Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Joy That's Coming

You know those times something comes back around and you think "Really, Lord? I'm trying so hard to walk where you've called me."

Personally, I know God and I have had the Red Tape convo.

"Lord, I'm too tired for another pile of red tape. Will it always be this hard for Your will to be done on this side of heaven?"

Friends, let me just say that the answer He continues to give me is that the good to come far exceeds the opposition of today.

Why is there a continual push against walking in His will? A constant complication to doing good on this side of heaven?

Because all of hell wants us to cop out with an excuse.  

If we are too tired, they just don't understand, and it's just too hard (insert your excuse of choice here), we quit walking to the places to which God asks us to travel.

The hands and feet of the Almighty collapse into a pitiful little puddle, and the world doesn't hear the message of Ultimate Love and Amazing Grace.

Someone in your circle of influence won't hear the message that YOU have been specifically created to share.

Is that really an option?

No. No it's not.

So we continue in His good.  

Because we can do hard things with His help.

Jesus did hard things.  He did all of the hard things.

He met continual opposition, too.

See, for all who delighted in the reason for which God sent him, many more pushed against Him.

If He would just be quiet.  If He would just go with the flow of the day.  If He would just understand that what He's saying is a little wacky and out there.  :)

I imagine they said some of these things about Jesus.

Friend, He felt what we feel today and then some.

It's why He left us with the Holy Spirit, because He said we would do even greater things than He did... and He knew we couldn't do it alone.  We weren't made to do this life alone.

He knew the battle ahead and He had a plan for the opposition.

His yoke is EASY and His burden is LIGHT.  The hard things we face aren't as heavy when we hand them to Him to carry for us.  That's the critical piece of this deal.

Remember when He said, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do"?

That was for us. For when we need to forgive. For the days when we need forgiving.

So, dance in your calling.  Do the hard things with His help.  Forgive.  Love.  Forgive some more.

You were made for this.

Rejoice in the battles. They make it official that the beauty to come is more than you can ask for or imagine.

Cozy up by the fire. The fire refines.  It's not there to burn you. Just let it keep you warm.

You've been called to too much to melt now, my brothers and sisters.

Take all of the Jesus and hang on to none of the resistance.

The joy that's coming is going to sweep you off your feet.

I hope you are ready.  Buckle up and get ready. :)

❤️ - Christie Aitken, 2016

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We SHARE What Matters - #AutismMatters

I know everyone can't relate to autism... and that's okay. Let's use an example that resonates with 100% of the population.
A broken bone. Your child has a broken bone.
It hurts them so badly. But this is a type of break that only 1 in 68 people get.
It's different from the average break.

(That part's important.  Don't forget it.)

There is a fix for the broken arm, but insurance won't cover it because of the diagnosis code.

Your child is in pain daily. It can be treated, but it won't be. You hear them crying in bed. The school calls to tell you that the day is not going well. A great deal of excruciating pain.  24/7.  Pain.  Tears.  Coping.  Tears.  Tired.
You watch, try to help, and are as comforting and knowledgable as you can be--- but treatment isn't an option because ... because insurance.

The treatment is pricey. Beyond your family's reach. Estimated costs are upwards of $125 twice a week or more. And that's just for one treatment of this complex fracture. Others are needed.

Upset yet? Of course you are.

That broken bone matters. That child matters. The treatment is needed. It's medically necessary, no matter what we call this break or how we code it. Your baby needs help. NOW.

Now switch that broken bone to an autism diagnosis, friends. But do me a favor and keep your child's face on this mental picture....
You don't have to understand autism to understand the heart of a parent who simply wants treatment for their child.
You don't have to understand the logistics of diagnosis codes or insurance red tape to know that someone needs to make a change for people on the autism spectrum who are being denied services.

That parent crying into their pillow is you. That child is just like yours.

You don't have to understand anything beyond that to help bring awareness to the needs that exist.
Alabama is 1 of 7 states in the US where families are being denied coverage for needed autism services.
My prayer is that our state will TRULY seek to make it a requirement to "cover what matters" for EVERY family. In the gap, will you SHARE what matters? Your child matters. My child matters. Their child matters. #AutismMatters.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Talking about our Kids - God Style

Today when reading the One Year Bible, it struck me that God never talked down about his son or to His son. He affirmed Him and spoke highly of Him at every turn. A beautiful example is in Matthew 3:16-17.

"The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.”

Delight of my life. Wow. You can FEEL the love in just those words alone, but God spoke so much more over Jesus. God spoke where others could hear Him- paying honor to His son, but also He spoke where HIS SON could hear Him- speaking straight to the heart of Jesus. He spoke LIFE at every turn.

Words matter. May we speak them into the lives of our sons and daughters with care, love, and thoughtfulness. May we speak LIFE over them at every turn.

Speak to their hearts.

Honor them among their peers.

Love, love, and then love some more.

Our Father set a beautiful example of how to love our children well. Let's walk it out.

Christie Aitken, 2016
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