Thursday, April 28, 2016

Daily Bread Style Vacation

Give us this day our DAILY bread.  That's what Jesus asked our Father to give him.  Just bread for THAT day.

Gotta be honest and tell you that this week we've had some needs that booted my prayer requests into the unknowns of next month instead of God's PROMISE for today.

Ever been there?

Shoulders in my ears.  Stressed to the hilt. Straight up worried about needs being met when I KNOW that my Daddy owns it all.

The devil likes to take us there.  He likes to KEEP us there.  And there will always be something to qualify a stay in the Land of Worry.

If we choose it, though, there is always rock solid PROOF to keep us in the joy and strength of the promise of THIS DAY.

The vacation is the day that we are already in.  How amazing is that!

Vacation with me. Daily bread style. 😎⛱☀️

❤️- Christie Aitken, 2016
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bare Stage Moments and Motion

We have students from all over Alabama traveling to various Church of the Highlands campuses for "Motion Night" this evening.

My son is among them, and I could not be more delighted.  This is the "youth group" I spent time on my knees praying for....

This is an amazing effort where once a month students and student leadership gather, and the love-language of a generation is spoken as God's word is relayed to them.

Lives are changing.  Students are growing.  Leaders are being created.

It's phenomenal.

This Mama has prayers for tonight.  Specifically for THIS night.  They are pretty simple, but I'd ask you to stand with me in praying them.

1- that our students and adults going tonight have safe passage from every corner of this state & back

2- that their hearts are brought closer to Jesus and the HOPE that is Christ will be on repeat

3- that each and every person there feel "part of" a family of believers invested in them personally

But EVEN MORE than each of these, I'm praying this.....

4- I pray that every person there feel accepted by the One who loves them when all of the crowds are gone.  I pray they feel DRAWN and HELD BY God himself.

I want them to walk out of these church campuses tonight feeling like they are divinely chosen for a purpose that only THEY can bring on this side of heaven... because the Creator of the Universe orchestrated it to be so.

I want them to have a longing to RUN to Jesus with every question, heart's desire, and more.

I want them to be connected in a way that they can't shake off....
When the LIKES on social media have diminished...
When the friends at school are nowhere to be found...
When no one is cheering their name....

I want them to have a bare stage moment.... 

and I want them to feel Jesus sitting in that chair beside them.

There's a Sandi Patty sound from MY youth that explains this "bare stage" concept perfectly.  

Pray for our kids, friends.  

Your kid.
My kid.
The kids of your friends.
That kid that hasn't made it to us, yet.   
ALL of the kids.
Pray for them.  All of them.

And cover the folks that lead them.... cover them in prayers of epic proportions.

This generation needs us, but they need our Jesus even more.
See, when WE are all gone-- when the stage is bare- HE will remain.

Hit your knees with me?

Christie Aitken

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Only Heaven Can Heal {{Suicide- Those Left Behind}}

Today I'm praying for people in a place that I remember far too well...

For a loss that most can't comprehend, and a pain that only Heaven can heal. 

The hugs today may feel like oxygen in some moments, and may smother in another. 

Hug anyway.

The tears today may cleanse in one moment, and sting in another.

Let them flow anyway.

People may say all the wrong things and stumble in their efforts to love today.

Love them anyway.

Today is hard. Crazy hard. Life will always be marked by what it looked like before this day and after this day.

I promise you, though, that it will be even more marked by the Grace that holds you today, the Promise that holds your gaze for every tomorrow, and the Hope that anchors you for eternity.

Praying for you all today. Family, friends, acquaintances. All of you. May you feel held by the only one who can heal this gaping heart hurt.

No matter how you get there today, just love on repeat. It will sustain you. #TheGreatestOfThese

Christie Aitken, 2016

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Like the Only Child He Has.... REST

Some days we need to step back from it all and do a little self care. Today's that day for me.

My oldest son is getting a "big sis" day complete with church, serving, and his small group. He's grown into quite the young man.  I love his heart.

My youngest is getting a movie and games day with a Just Mommy & Me small group at the house tonight. (Bible story of his choice with 8 zillion questions, I'm certain.)  His questions keep ME growing in God's emoticon

And me? I am soaking up all of the praise music I can while taking care of me. Sometimes we just need the quiet. God MADE US to crave those moments with Him. It's what allows us to give out of the overflow when life is wonderfully loud, full, and ninety to nothing.

I hope you hear this and hold it in your heart....

It's OKAY to slow down, my friends.

Do you ever get to remind yourself of that, too? smile emoticon

It's okay to slow down as long as we don't isolate and stay there alone. Because as much as we were created for the quiet places with Him, we were also created for relationships with His kids and the iron-sharpens-iron community of the local church.

It's a balance... and I pray to never forget it.

Church tonight online (we never have to miss a week, friends! - what a beautiful ministry are our online small groups, ministries, and services in ALL of our churches).

My schoolwork is done for this week, and graduation is almost here.  I can hardly believe how fast these times are flying by!

Coffee, prayers, and organizing in the now... because each make me smile. heart emotico Just for today, a Sabbath in my jeans, tee shirt, and ponytail. 

And I suppose that is my prayer for YOU....

Wherever you are having YOUR Sabbath day (a day of rest with God), I pray that it makes you smile and that you feel His presence there.

Let Him love on you like you're the only kid He has. His love is big enough for just that. heart emoticon I promise.

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