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May We Never Lose Our Wonder

March 25, 2016

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“May we never lose our wonder
Wide eyed and mystified
May we be just like a child
Staring at the beauty of our King.”
Bethel Music Lyrics – Wonder

In the past month, The Lord has very clearly put one word on my heart: wonder. One day, I found myself singing this Bethel song over and over again in my head. I didn’t think anything of it at first because it is a really great song, but then I realized that I haven’t heard it in a while and there’s really no reason it should be stuck in my head this often and for this long.

But I continued to sing it in my head and belting it out loud, which is not a pretty sound. I listened to it on repeat in my car, I listened to it when I ran, I sang it loudly in the shower, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. This wasn’t just some song. This was from the Lord. He was screaming these lyrics to me, and softly weaving them into my heart. “Callie, may you never lose your wonder, wide eyed and mystified, may you be just like a child, staring at the beauty of your King.”

Last Fall I lost my wonder.

I was questioning who I was and who God was. I was like a zombie just wandering the world. I didn’t appreciate the little things, I was closed off to the wonders of the world, I wasn’t grateful, and I wasn’t vulnerable or willing to ask for help. I was deep in darkness and feeling all the weight.

Wonder: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable

How beautiful are those words above – surprise mingled with admiration. Exodus 15:11 says, “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?” I must be in constant awe of the Lord, of His love and grace and goodness for me and my life. I must be absolutely surprised in admiration by what Jesus did on the cross for me. When I was dead in my sin and deserved nothing else but death, He paid my price. He hung on a cross, was beaten, mocked and abandoned by God who couldn’t handle the weight of my sin. He died in my place so that I can live a life of wonder. What greater love story could cause this feeling of total surprise mingled with admiration?

Wonder.

The song continues with these simple lyrics: “You (God) are beautiful in all your ways.” God is mighty and if he wants you to hear something, he will make a way. It might not be immediate or as obvious as you would hope or in your timing, but he will make a way and He will make it beautiful. Praise God! Praise God that he turned a dark time of my life into something beautiful. Praise God that he opened my eyes to see the wonder that he offers.

“He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome
things for you
which your eyes have seen.” Deuteronomy 10:21

A Letter to Myself

February 24, 2016

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Two years ago, I was at Making Things Happen and I stood up in front of 100+ people and shared my deepest fear. I was a couple rows from the front, and had what I was going to say and then I stood up and it hit me. What I had planned was true, and to be honest I don’t even remember what it was, but what came on was vulnerable and honest and necessary. “I’m Callie Pitts, and I’m afraid to be a wife.” I was engaged to be married in a couple months, renovating a house, planning a wedding, and planning a life with Jamie. What was holding me back from all of these things was the fear that had just slapped me in the face, and if it wasn’t for MTH I’m not sure if I ever would have said that out loud and addressed it head on, but boy am I thankful that I did.

A couple of days ago, I was cleaning out a closet in our home, and found the letter that I wrote to myself on the second day of MTH and I fell slowly to the ground reading it. Almost two years into marriage, and I still need to hear these words that I wrote to myself, and maybe you need to hear them too.

Beloved Callie,
Remember that time when your life felt like a whirlwind, like you couldn’t squeeze anything else in it? Remember when you were anxious, doubtful, and troubled? I can’t promise you that all of these feelings have vanished now but I can tell you that you are not enough, that Jesus Christ is ENOUGH and all you need. I can tell you that you are capable, strong, confident, and a servant of the Lord and HIS greater purpose. FOLLOW HIM. At this point, you will be a wife to Jamie Davis and I want to remind you that you will never be enough for him, only Jesus will. Be encouraged that you are not perfect but a perfect Savior died for YOU! Give grace, love deeply, live like there is no tomorrow, and serve others – giving all the glory to the King of Kings! Kiss your husband and thank him for loving you despite your flaws. And never forget that you are capable of MAKING ANYTHING HAPPEN!
Love,
Yourself

Breathe life into your deepest fear. I promise you it won’t always be easy, but if your goal is sanctification, I promise you, it will be worth it. The Lord will draw you near, comfort you, and point in the right direction. And to be completely honest, I still struggle with the fear of being a wife (more to come about this) but I have accepted that I am not enough, and that I never will be enough. The good news is that there is someone else who will always be enough, and I want to firmly fix my eyes on Him. 

He Has Risen!

April 5, 2015

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“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their fads to the ground, but the men said to them,
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?” He is not here; he has risen!”
– Luke 24:1-6

Come to Me

January 30, 2015

calliedavis-cometome-1005 HOW CAN YOU SEE DIRECTION WHEN YOU ARE CONSTANTLY MOVING FORWARD? 

I want to challenge you to soak in this question today. I have been soaking on it for about a month now and The Lord has been working in my heart and reminding me the importance of rest. Fruitful, rejuvenating, Jesus filled rest.

“On the seventh day, HE RESTED from ALL his work.” Genesis 2:2

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Me me! I’m weary. I’m burdened. I need rest. My heart and mind desire rest. Soul searching, rejuvenating rest. Does anyone else feel this way? If so, step away, close your eyes and listen to this song. I listen to it constantly on repeat.

Practical ways to plan for rest:
1. Schedule monthly solitude days far in advance (3 month increments) and STICK to them! I just did my January solitude day and it was wonderful!
2. Set limits to your days off or rest days – Technology limits (only watch one episode instead of 5) & To-do Limits (only choose 3 things to accomplish instead of 10)
3. Ask someone to hold you accountable (i.e. your spouse or a friend)

For the past month, I have been thinking about what things make me feel rested:
Meaningful, honest time with Jesus
Reading
Walking / Exercising
Cooking / Baking
Quality Time with others
Listening to Worship Music 

I have identified these restful things, but why is it that I continue to make excuses and choose other things? I have found that not only is it important to identify places where you find rest, but also the excuses you make instead of choosing them. For me, most of my excuses come back to the lies that the world is telling me; you MUST watch this TV series, you MUST get this thing done, you MUST go go go until you are depleted. NO, Jesus is inviting us to come to HIM and only Him for the abundant rest that we desperately desire.

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Misconceptions / Impractical ways of rest:

TV, Netflix, Social Media aka laying on the couch for long periods of time
Boy, am I guilty of this. I don’t know where the idea came from that this way of rest would rejuvenate us but from experience I have realized that not only does this not help me feel rested but more restless. Now, by no means am I saying this way of rest is bad but I think it’s all about moderation. 

“I must go on a vacation or get out of my home to feel rested.”
FALSE! While vacations are nice, our wallets can’t afford a week away every time I need rest. It’s important to understand how to rest in our own homes or we will feel trapped, as if our home is no longer a place of comfort and rest but, stress and anxiety. 

I’m not working, but I’m working.
On days off from work, it’s easy for me to automatically assign the day as a day to “get things done at home.” I pack the day full of chores, errands and crossing things off of a to-do list, but at the end of the day, I just feel like it was a normal work day. I feel defeated because I didn’t accomplish everything that I had hoped. In NO way do I feel rested. 

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I love would to know, where do you find fruitful and rejuvenating rest? How do you hold yourself accountable in making this kind of rest happen?