Want to go on a Holy Spirit play date?
Guess what? Every day is a new day for this kind of opportunity.
For this school year, my goal is to work on my own self-discipline. I have never been good at living with structure. My work is not structured and that is one of the reasons I have loved being in real estate. However, to get stronger in one area or another, one must practice. The ability to override mental blocks is something that builds inner confidence. Practice makes perfect, they say. Well, perfection has never been my goal. I’m more about sustainability. For example, how do you sustain a lifestyle of joy? By exercising your joy emotion muscle. How do you become a strong runner? By running more consistently. For anyone to become a seasoned expert in something, they must first be consistent at that said thing.
As I reflect over my life, I have realized that even though I’ve been saved since I was five, I have lived from a place of looking for external validation. I believed if I looked good on the outside, and my house, car, and place of work all said I was good, then I must be good. The problem with this thought process is if one of those elements changes, it’s a whole lot harder to keep up with the appearance that everything is good. And so, you can see the snowball effect of pressure it creates. But, I want to encourage you that there is a solution. Once I realized living from a place of internal rest brought a level of ease I had never felt before, my perspective and approach to everyday living changed. Piece by piece, I have gained back my peace.
For someone who has trust and control issues, this has been a long hard road, but I am here to tell you I found the Prince of Peace and His name is Jesus. His peace resides inside my heart. Every day the world tries to steal our peace. Our posture is not to fight it, but to ride with it. My husband loved to surf. He learned from his father. There is a natural application that can be applied here called sea legs. Learning how to ride the waves of our everyday woes is a craft, and something that takes discipline. When you feel the tension rising inside you, take a moment to stop. This also takes discipline. Ask your heart, why am I reacting this way? More often than not, you will get a thought. You’re tired. You need to eat. You are feeling behind and this is causing you to unwind. So many different reasons, but this is where things get Holy Spirit good. Our response to the tension allows Him to override our self-reaction. When we stop, think up, and listen, nine times out of ten it releases the tension.
What if we started each stay with this simple pray: Holy Spirit, I include you in my day. No matter what’s ahead, I know you have already gone ahead. So, let’s go play, for I’m thankful to be given another day.
“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalms 118:24 NKJV
It seems another challenge has appeared in this month’s blog of what I like to call Glad Tidings. I had to look up what glad tidings even meant and I’m happy to see it means gospel goodness.
Strong's concordance #2097: euaggelizo (pronounced yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo) from 2095 and 32; to announce good news ("evangelize") especially the gospel:--declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).
I love that every day we have an opportunity to respond with glad tidings. This can be hard at first, but the more you exercise this muscle, the more you embody it, and the more you embody it, the more there becomes an ease-ability to it. Life is hard, but with the Holy Spirit’s daily help, the hard thing seems more manageable. Again, this takes discipline. Give yourself grace to start this new kind of holy exchange. I have full confidence that His holy presence will fill your heart and mind with peace. At least, I can say it has for me.
Until next time,
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