“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
I can think of no better invitation ever given than this one by Jesus. Yet, what we customarily call an invitation is really a command. Jesus knows how weary, depressed, and discouraged we can become under the heavy burden of daily life without Him. In fact, His illustration of a yoke – a metaphor in Jesus’ time for all the pharisaical prescription surrounding the Law – serves beautifully to illustrate the way He wants to walk with us – yoked together. He knows how frustrating it is for us to walk alone, trying to keep life from falling apart.
Brenda has taken that yoke of Jesus and walked faithfully with Him through many difficult situations. She has been a teachable disciple who testifies she is still learning and growing. As a gifted servant of Jesus, she is encouraging you to experience all that Jesus would have for you. Her goal is to provide a place of rest and refreshment as you encounter Jesus through scripture, her books, her blog, and her website. Brenda invites you into Intentional Living by the principles in God’s Word. She also focuses on the joys that come from taking positive steps to be refreshed in Jesus.
Brenda’s goal is to help you connect with God and “reason together” with Him. As one of her former counseling professors, I am delighted to be able to endorse Brenda and Intentional Living to help people experience the peace God has for each of us.
The Rev. Dr. William H Vermillion, PhD
Vice president of Theological Education
One Mission Society (OMS)
The world is full of voices telling us what to do, how to feel, and how to live. From self-love, self-gratification messages of modern psychobabble, to the mystic meditative eastern religion philosophies that have permeated our society, to the mind over matter teachings of the Christian Scientists and the Church of Scientology . . . it’s easy to run in circles trying to find answers and direction. Yet, God has given us the Bible as a source of life and truth. His Word provides insight, instruction, and encouragement for every life situation we encounter. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
In spite of the many messages that bombard us every day, it is imperative for us to understand that true wisdom – the kind that has the power to transform our lives – can only be found in God, and we must seek our counsel from Him.
During the past several years, we have had the wonderful privilege of witnessing Brenda’s God-given ability to provide Biblical guidance and trustworthy counsel through her writings. Her knowledge of Scripture and ability to apply it to various life situations in a manner that is both accurate and relevant is truly a gift! Brenda is a great listener, she is perceptive, and she is empathetic. Her unique combination of education, training, and experience makes her very effective in her ministry.
If you are searching for healing or direction in your life, and you are looking for someone to guide you through the process, we wholeheartedly recommend using Brenda’s resources and tools: her books, blog, and website. The tender support and Biblical insight she offers is invaluable for Intentional Living!
Pastor Don and Lisa McGee