Friday Greetings - July 10

Matthew 11: 28-30

“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. 29 Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. 30 My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.”


This photo was taken Thursday after an exhausting evening which continued until a little after 1:00 this morning and shows no signs of slowing much until sometime Monday after we close on the house that Jen has been in for the past 23 years. It’s just a busy busy week…oh…and we’re moving too. (lol) My body is sore and my brain is tired. I have not been the nicest, kindest or most patient version of myself. I have probably been a little short in conversation and just not much fun to be around. As the biggest critic of myself, I have resolved that I have to do better. 


Then I read this in my devotional this morning:

‘The practice I’m focusing on is self-love and love of neighbor. We tend not to be very good at either one, but during this time of isolation, we have equal opportunities to rest and to heal, to love and be loved. . . .’


I have got to be more intentional in finding those ‘opportunities to rest, heal, love and be loved. Jen, Cameryn and I are so excited to finally be becoming residents of Craven county…well in about 12 days when we are able to close on the house here. I want those people closest to me to experience the best that I have to offer. If I don’t slow down and breathe, they’re not going to get my best. They are not going to see the person that God has called me to be. And this has a lot to do with the seed we scatter which we’ll be talking about Sunday….look forward to seeing, Facebooking or being with you on the radio Sunday.


Grace and Peace,

Pastor Michael

Centenary United Methodist Church

309 New Street, New Bern, NC, 28560 

P.O. Box 1388, New Bern, NC 28563

Phone: 252.637.4181

Fax: 252.637.5602

Email: centenaryumc@centenarychurch.com

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