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Trust Habits #3

Self Care

As we pursue habits that enable us to develop a greater trust in our Risen Lord, I want to talk to you about something important: Soul care. Now soul care is far more important than the traditional ideal of “self care”. It isn’t so much about vegging out in the front of a computer screen. It is about taking care of every part of us. It is choosing to place our spiritual needs, ahead of those specific and important physical needs.

Soul Care

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again (1 Thess. 5:23, NLT).

In 1 Thessalonians, we are reminded that the Lord will make us holy in every way. How can we put physical and emotional care ahead of our own spiritual needs? We need to come and sit with our Lord Jesus. “Come away with Me” is the message the Lord is giving us.

Come Away With Me

And He said to them, “Come with Me privately to a solitary place, and let us rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat (Mark 6:31, BSB).

An important part of trusting the Lord is surrendering control. It can become far too easy to hold a tight grip on the temporary things, and in the process, we miss the opportunity to cling even tighter to our Lord Jesus Christ.

What are we doing, friends, when we place “self care” as a much higher priority than our own souls?

What self care sorely lacks is the soul rejuvenation that is going to carry us through the hard stuff. We can watch our favorite show for countless hours and end up far more depleted, and all in the name of self care. Self care is not a bad thing. It is actually a very good thing. But, let’s make it a better thing. Like Mary of Bethany, may we choose the better thing that will not be taken away from.

“But the Lord said to her, “Martha, dear friend,] you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it—and I won’t take it away from her!”

Maybe, the thing we truly need is to change how we care for our entire selves, so one area is not lacking.

How can we better meet our soul’s needs?

Assignment: Evaluate your way of self care. How can it promote soul care?

 Maybe, you take a prayer walk.
Maybe, you just sit in God’s Presence
and allow Him to hold all of the anxieties you hold inside. 
Maybe, you talk with the Lord about your struggle with control.

DLRB Goals – 11/26-12/1

Do

Learn

Study 1 Corinthians 4:8-13 [Daily posts sent over to Gracefully Overcoming’s Facebook page].

Read

some of Genesis
Book: Starts with Praise
Book: Made for Pleasure

Be

. . . Restful. Above all else, what I need most this week is authentic rest. Physically, emotionally, spiritually – in all areas, I need to experience God’s rest this week.

“Be still, and know that I am God!
    I will be honored by every nation.
    I will be honored throughout the world.” [Psalm 46:10, NLT]

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]


I normally have a memory verse set up for the week. I am not sure where I will “land” this week. My ultimate goal is to be steadily in the Word of God, so I am “tuned in” with what the Lord God has to say. So often, I get distracted or feel too unwell to read my Bible. Even though I don’t feel well, I need to make sure I stay in the Word of God.

So, that’s my goals for this week. Nothing too big. This new week requires recovering from Thanksgiving break on my end. How about you? What are your goals for this week? Share with me in the comment section below, and I look forward to hearing from you. Also: Feel free to share any prayer requests you have, so we can pray for one another.

Image by Naomi Suzuki.

Seeking Christ,

December Goals

It is a little late, but “better late than never”.

Do {Daily}

  • Continue to work on choosing allergy free vegetarian dishes.
  • Exercise, while listening to limitations.
  • Keep reading and studying the Word of God (Bible).
  • Welcome silence, to create a prayerful environment.

Learn

This month, my heart’s goal is set on Titus. I need to learn and apply Titus 2:5.

In the book of Titus, we are reminded of God’s greatness and how He wants us to live out our faith in our lives (see 2:3-5).

For this month, I want to lean on the Lord and learn how to serve within the walls of my family’s home. This is done as I keep up on housework (dishes, laundry, picking up, decluttering) – trying to give God my best in this area.

“These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God (Titus 2:4-5, NLT).”

Read

My hope is to keep reading each day. While I have many books to choose from, I am going to limit my goal to a few specific books.

  • In the Middle of the Mess (Sheila Walsh)
  • Loved Baby (Sarah Philpott)
  • Connected (Erin Davis)

Also, I want to keep reading and soaking up the truths from the book of Psalms.

Be

If there was one word for this month, it would be “effective”. I want my life to count. Through eating better, exercising, and trying to stay focused on the Lord by living out His Word, I want to make a difference in my health, family, and life.

Dear friend, what are some of the things you hope to focus on doing or being for the month of December?

Image by Tim Gouw.

In Christ,

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Introvert Speaks: Wired by God

This has been one-of-those-weeks, where I have spent my days making sure the wheels-keep-on-turning, the laundry isn’t piling up, cooking meals, and other tasks that seem mundane, yet overwhelming, all at the same time.

I have this problem.

It’s called – “I forget how God has wired me.”

So, I have missed self-imposed deadlines this week.

Like??

 

* This week’s “Making the Journey” post (possibly Sunday or Monday, it “should” be up and ready to be devoured by hungry spirits like yours and mine – as we seek the Lord God to be the One to fill us up entirely!)

*The month of March’s reading plan posts (found on the Facebook page) are lagging too. Finally last night around midnight (erm, I guess, that would make it this morning), I posted March 1-4. I have not been able to stay caught up on the reading plan for a long time. See, I am a writer. In order to get the most out of my quiet time (time spent in the Word of God), I need to be writing and studying deeply.

I let the inability to pursue perfection, to keep me from something designed – to help me meet more with my Perfector!

*Lagging on editing one manuscript, and beginning the process of formatting a new study that I wanted to embark on (possibly for March…).

*Behind in my personal Bible study. It is the final week of the Armor of God study. It’s been such a good study, too. But, I am hoping to get back into it slowly on a not-overwhelming-my-human-spirit level.

*And seriously, you don’t even want to get.me.started. on being behind in reading and reviewing books I have selected or agreed to review. Whichever, on some level, I have committed to this and other things that I somehow just haven’t gotten to yet.

Back to the Wiring Thing…

When God was making me, He made me a highly sensitive, need for serious down time, introvert. God knew exactly what He was doing, when He knitted me together in my mother’s womb. He made me a highly sensitive introvert.

“For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s
womb. 
I praise you because I am fearfully
and wonderfully made; 
your works are
wonderful, 
I know that full well. My frame
was not hidden from you 
when I was made in the
secret place, 
when I was woven together in the depths
of the earth. 
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be. How precious to me are
your thoughts, God! 
How vast is the sum of them!”
(Psalm 139:13-17)

The Blessing

It is truly a blessing to be a highly sensitive introvert. I just don’t have the ability to keep chuggin’ along. But, here’s my downfall: I try being like everyone else. And, the way I am wired reminds me that I have a Creator who made me perfectly and formed me in a specific way. I was not meant to be like everyone else. I may try to put on this “energizer bunny” performance act, but then I remember….

Oh.

Right.

Introvert.

Highly Sensitive, at that.

This Means…

I need to take the time to unwind and mentally process everything I have been exposed to. It isn’t enough to survive the day, but I must process the day. I must allow myself the time and space to take those precious extra steps to take care of me.

I have been neglecting the “process” aspect of my life. I expect to continue with loud noise and stimulation, and keep on truckin’. Yeah, okay. My spirit does not work that way. God created me this way for a very reason!

God knew I would be an introvert. A highly-sensitive introvert. God knows I need to take a few several extra steps, to really care for the precious spirit He has given me. And, I need to be more devoted to doing that than feeling overwhelmed – because my method of living (“keep on truckin’”) just isn’t working anymore.

 

“Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened.”

“Find a quiet space, to meet with God.”

“Be still…”

These are the things my sensitive spirit is mindful of today.

Friends, are you an introvert? Highly sensitive?
How do you recharge your spirit?

MMS – Rest

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “rest.”

Sundays are known as the day of “rest.” But, what is rest? Do we even get it? Rest is the thing that redefines our day. Rest has a few hidden, or not-so-hidden, lessons wrapped up in this gift of rest.

Our Rest Lessons

  • Busyness is not your friend.
  • You need to take care of you.
  • The endless “to do” list can wait.
  • We need to set aside time to rest and reflect.

Our Reminder

More importantly, rest reminds us that we need Jesus.

We are weary souls, who can run anywhere from here to Timbuktu in search of rest. Our weary souls need someone this world cannot deliver. Our weary souls need Jesus.

Rest has to involve Jesus. When it doesn’t, our spirits lose out on the rest it needs. Rest should be something we treat as a blessing. Like many things though – when we don’t rest, we experience the consequences of it. Rest is not only a human-thing, but a gift-thing. Even Jesus rested. After everything was created, God set aside that seventh day to rest.

It is when we rest

that we can slow down

and just celebrate

the work God has done in our lives.

Just Rest

Just rest. This is God’s gift for His child. We can rest and run to Him. Our souls are spent every single day on many things. Every single day, we spend our souls until we are down to nothing. It is time to be replenished. Just take time to calmly rest. However God calls you to rest, celebrate the gift of rest.

“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).”