This past week, I found myself in a bit of a rut. One that flowed into every piece of my life that makes me who I am. For instance: my creativity was at a halt, my organizational skills/house duties seemed to be hiding, and I was having a hard time trying to be myself in the midst of all of my emotional feels. And as my Pastor often says, "Emotions are a valuable tool, but not a good guide (my paraphrase)."
Life has a way of bringing us to these un-welcomed moments, leaving us with a choice to be made. Currently for me, it is one of those seasons where I feel that I don't have space to breathe or focus because everything (good and bad) is hitting all at once.
Maybe you've recently found yourself at this choice too. It comes down to... Will we let our circumstances dictate our perspective and mood OR will we lean in closer to our Creator and let His Word remind us of our victory in Christ and the joy we have in Him for eternity?
For me, I always desire the latter decision, however, sometimes I can get caught in the middle of the storm without realizing that I've let it pull me into the facts and reality of the situation instead of holding onto God's truth. Honestly, I hadn't sat down and spent intentional time with God for almost all week. I was slumped into a bout of depression and trapped in my over-analyzing mind, when in an instant God reminded me, "That's not My voice!" Because I hadn't been in His presence enough, I wasn't as sensitive to His voice and His truths in my life. Perspective is everything, what we allow into our hearts and minds is EVERYTHING. So, I sat down and made myself a roadmap that will help me see when I need a heart and perspective check, I pray it helps guide you too! Ready?
6 Clear signs that I need to realign my heart with God's truths:
// Any form of irritability: are the little things bothering you?
// Insecurities begin speaking: Are past/current insecurities speaking louder to you than God's truths about you?
// Inability to rest in God's peace: Are you feeling chaos and confusion around you and you can't seem to find your way out? Have you been in a pit of depression or complacency?
// Negative Perspective: Are you grumbling and complaining more? Are you finding the bad in everything instead of the good?
// Emotional Overload: For you sensitive people (ME), is your sensitivity becoming flesh-led instead of God-led? Do you find your emotions exaggerating a bit?
// Life struggles make a reprise: Are you more tempted to, or actually giving into the things you know that tempt you?
If any of these resonate with you, like all of them did with me, maybe it's time for a readjustment. So, I challenge you to block out at least 30 minutes of your day for the rest of this week, grab a big cup of coffee or tea, grab your Bible and a journal/or your phone to take note of what God shows you and just sit in His presence expectantly. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, you don't really need coffee.. For in the words of Joyce Meyer, "Just let Him know you want to spend time with Him. Lock yourself in a room, and say "God, time." And just let God know that you want to meet with Him.
If you are looking for a passage of the Bible to read in or maybe start for the first time, the book of John in the New Testament is always a good place. I'm stuck in there right now and am getting so much! I hope this road map helps you when you need a heart check and that it reminds you to realign your perspective with God's truths.
We are praying for you and we can't wait to spend time with you this holiday season through all of the holiday drinks at Starbucks and all of the cheesy Christmas movies! Also, you must go see some Christmas lights and get into the spirit!