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When Fun Doesn't Fulfill

Have you every felt so weary that all you longed for was just a little bit of fun? Something to distract you from the crushing weight of responsibility? The monotony of daily life? A recent loss? Our two rescue pups delight in snow. With ears flapping wildly behind, they prance about, nuzzling their noses into the frozen wonderment. They are fully enraptured and momentarily satisfied.  Why only momentarily satisfied? Because fun doesn't sustain.  Fun is great fun, but it does little to help us negotiate our pain, sorrow, frustration, or suffering.  I know this from personal experience.  It's much easier to ignore a pain through distraction or think time alone will heal than to courageously address it. But that is equivalent to running around in the snow with wild abandonment. Soon you have to come back inside, and yes, the snow won't last. We may bring the snow inside in an attempt to feed on it, but soon find it only results in brain freeze and the eventual numbing of our

Welcome to A Kingdom Heartbeat

Passion. Passion is a powerful thing. It can either compel us to draw near, or it can drive us away. It can feed life, or fuel its destruction.  Passion has the power to either guide us or derail us.  God's passion isn't like ours. His passion extends the invitation of intimacy, offers the security of belonging, and promises the nearness of His presence.  But we are so easily distracted and exhausted by our own passions we fail to see or experience what is truly important. Life becomes a big blur of hacking our way through a hot jungle  rather than the refreshment of walking with a loving King in the cool of His vineyard.  And while jungle hacking and desert hiking are unavoidable in this life, even in those difficult journeys God woos and invites us to a place of refreshment and restoration.  In the midst of suffocating chaos, and the squeezing urgency of have-to's dictating our every move, God invites us into the get-to's .  In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says, 28 “ Come