Zephyrhills First Nazarene

 

Zephyrhills First Nazarene

 

 

May 12, 2019 

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

Have you ever been so worn out that you’re tired when you wake up? I’m not talking just a rough night of sleep. I’m talking about being mentally, physically, and even spiritually drained. We’re wired as human beings to give our all. We go and go non stop. Do you sometimes feel crushed by the weight of the world?

Where do you go for rebalancing your life? A spa day or  a day away from work? When I was younger and school or life would  get busy, I would ask my mom for a mental health day. I would take a Friday off from school and  wake up with a cold. So much for “skipping” out of life and having fun. 


Since I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned you cant just run away from your troubles. Troubles are all around us, because that’s just LIFE. It’s definitely not like  the game Milton Bradley portrays.  As much as I’d love to believe that crawling under covers and hiding from the weight of the world would be easier, it’s not. The only place we can find real rest is Jesus Christ. Scripture reminds us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  (Matthew 11:30)

When trials come, Cry out to Jesus!  Let His strength, mercy, and grace sustain you as you live out your days serving Him.

 We at FirstNaz want to partner with you on this journey of faith. What a journey it is -full of hills and valleys. Let us partner with you. If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior, talk with one of our pastors.

Blessed be his holy name! 

Amie 

 

 

 

May 5, 2019

“But Jesus, paying no attention to what was said, told the synagogue ruler, “Do not be afraid; just believe “  Mark 5:36

 I’m not a risk taker by any stretch. I toil and play out worst case scenarios for any situation that makes me anxious.

Recently, I took my own leap of faith. I did what lots of people have done for years at varying ages. I got on a plane headed out of town by myself with no one I knew! 

The weeks and days leading up to this very exciting time were also filled with what-ifs.  I had made plans, knew what to expect on a plane, and yet still had knots as I got out of the car and embarked on my very own adventure.

In Mark chapter 5, we see a synagogue ruler pulling Jesus to his house  to save his daughter from death.  Jairus is toiling and struggling with the fear of the unknown. His stomach is knotted.

He is anxious to get Jesus to his daughter! Meanwhile, a lady touches Jesus’ cloak and is healed. 

In the midst of the crowd and to Jairus’ dismay, Jesus stops and wonders who touched him! People come running from Jairus’ house and tell Jesus to no longer hurry, that the worst has possibly happened.

Can you imagine how Jairus felt? He was trying to get Jesus to his daughter, but he didn't make it in time. 

I love that Jesus doesn't pay any attention to the naysayers. He carries on about his mission. He doesn't give into the fears of the unknown. He pays no attention to the fears we have. We are children of God and he fights for us. Why should we worry?

In short-we shouldn’t. I learned a lot on my weekend adventure alone. I learned not to give into worry. It doesn't add anything. If anything it hinders from the joys of leaning on Jesus. He is our strength. Just like he told Jairus, “Do not be afraid. Just believe.”  It’s when we believe that we give Jesus the reigns and let him lead us. May we have the faith of the woman in the crowd. “If I could just touch his cloak.” Just a touch of Jesus is all we need. He’ll take care of the rest. Do you trust him today?

We at FirstNaz want to partner with you on this journey of faith. What a journey it is -full of  hills and valleys. Let us partner with you. If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior, talk with one of our pastors.

 

BLESSED BE HIS HOLY NAME!

Amie Deford