Going From Hard To Easy

Hey there blogging friends! When I met the Lord for the first time 12 years ago, I was so awestruck! All I wanted to do was serve him so hard because he saved me from so much! So I went hard. I volunteered hard. I sacrificed hard. I jumped into missions hard. I said yes to everything. Hard hard hard! 

But can I just tell you? It didn’t take long for me to burn out. You can’t go hard for too long before you run out of steam. Life isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. You have to learn to pace yourself. But I didn’t figure this out until I burned out. When I finally burned out, I was able to hear the Lord. 

“But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”” Luke‬ ‭10:41-42‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Why are you going so hard? You don’t need to go so hard! I love you! 

In that moment, I was set free. Freed from performing. Freed from volunteering. Freed from saying yes to everything. 

As time has gone by, going hard has turned into going easy. Serving the Lord has become about learning to love others right in front of me, my family, friends, co-workers, patients, Christian brothers and sisters. Bringing God glory looks like being the best prayer warrior for my people,  being the best friend, sister, mom, nurse. Even being the best hiker I can possibly be is an offering of praise and worship to the Lord! 

Because, you see friends, God doesn’t want or need us to work hard for him. He got on that cross for us long ago to put an end to all of that! We don’t need to prove anything to him! When I called on his name, Jesus! He was with me. Instantly!

““Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”  Revelation‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So what about you? Are you going hard? Call on the name of the Lord. Learn to go easy. 

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.””          ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Happy Friday! If you’d like to read more encouraging posts like this, head over to my friend Lyli’s blog. 😊

FiveMinuteFriday _ Empty



Tuesday, March 4, 1980. The day after my dad died. I woke up. It hit  me. My dad is dead. I felt so empty there was a  heavy weight to the  feeling.

Today is Good Friday. The day Jesus gave his all for me so that I could have abundant life here and with him.  For some reason, I always think of the disciples on the day after the crucifixion.  I can feel the weight of their emptiness.  There is nothing quite like losing  The most important person in your life. The loss leaves a gigantic empty hole in your heart.

But with The death of Jesus, we know the tables are turned. Sunday is coming. The tomb is empty! Christ is risen!

And because Christ is risen, my hope is when I get to heaven I will discover that  my dad’s grave has been empty all these years also!

It is finished!

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭3-4‬ NIV)


Happy  FiveMinuteFriday!




Saying yes to whatever the Lord wants isn’t easy and doesn’t always appear obvious to me until after the day ends. 

I’m currently between contracts. 2 weeks of regrouping and refreshing. I was actually only hoping for 1 week but with Memorial Day in the mix, I ended up with 2 weeks. I figure it’s the perfect time to try out the local staffing agency. I let them know I was available to work Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week and next week. 

I’m flexible enough to go wherever I’m needed. Yesterday I worked at a surgery center. The agency booked me there for this week. Cool. I was done in 4 hours. Meh. Not much but okay. #1son asked what the hourly rate is? Good question. I don’t even know. I suppose I could ask, but it’ll be a surprise. The Lord is generous. He always provides for my needs. 

Soon after I got home, the agency called to say the surgery center wouldn’t need me for today. Would I like to go back on the availability list? I hesitated for a split second before I said yes. We said goodbye. About 5 minutes later the phone rang again. That was fast! Would I like to go to this hospital in Tempe? Sure!

This little community OR is 10 minutes from my place. The staff were super friendly and happy for my help. They asked if I would come back. When I said yes, the charge nurse hugged me! She asked if I could stay an extra hour. When I said yes, she hugged me again! So sweet. 

But the best part came when one of the techs noticed my tattoo of Philippians1:20 on my arm and asked me what it said. I told him. He said he liked that. 

Later, while I was looking for a piece of equipment, he asked me if he could call himself a Christian even though he still swears and isn’t good all the time? I asked him if he believes Jesus died on the cross to take away his sins? He said yes. I said, then yes, you are a Christian. Then I explained grace. That God doesn’t love us based on our works but on the finished work of Christ. So he loves us no matter if we’re having a good day or a bad day. That we do good works because we love God , not to prove we are good. I asked him if that helped answer his question? He said yes! Praise the Lord! Being available, being flexible allowed God to move me to a tiny place for one or two people who needed to know his generous love for them!

I’m okay with waiting to see my paycheck, to let God surprise me. I love him more than money! And his surprises are absolutely the best!

Happy Thursday!

Sharing over at Lyli’s.