“It’s been a hard year.” I hear myself say this and hate that it rolls off my tongue. I’m so tired of that being my perspective.
It’s been a couple of months and I’m still sorting through things in my soul. It has been a hard year. It has also been a wonderful year.
Trying to get out of the “hard” mindset has brought me back to a tool the Lord gave me a few years ago.
This is where I was then and frankly have been again:
First I feel or think something ugly.
Then I beat myself up because
- I know better.
- I’ve dealt with this.
- I didn’t think I was like that.
Then it gets really good because I can beat myself up for beating myself up!
Sound familiar? I hope not, but I suspect for some it does. Not you? Great! Maybe reading will help you understand a friend who falls into this dreadful, downward spiraling trap.
Reaching out for help wasn’t helping. I would feel worse instead of better. Looking through too many dirty lenses to see help or truth perhaps?
Why am I feeling this way? Why do I keep thinking that? Why am I here again? I thought I dealt with this. I had a strategy, what was it? Why can’t I change? What am I missing?
You’ve been teaching people, challenging people to walk victorious and look at you! You should know better. You DO know better. Look at what a mess you are.
This will never change. I will never change.
Through that stack of dirty lenses and massive cloud of lies the Lord gave me an idea I want to hang onto. Maybe you can hang on to it too.
I live each day with my Father.
Focus. Authority. Thanksgiving. Hope. Encouragement. Rest.
Where have I set my attention? My affections?
How do things change when I remember Jesus has given me all authority in His name?
Reflect and acknowledge the goodness of God, the greatness of His character.
Where is my hope? People? Things? Desired outcomes? God alone.
Asking Father to speak. He is always encouraging.
Where do I find rest? In His presence is joy, peace and rest.
Nothing changes when I remember I am seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). Yet everything changes when I remember.
Nothing changes in my circumstances because I draw close to Him. It doesn’t have to.
I change when I draw close to Him. I find peace. I find rest. I remember He is bigger than it all. I remember He is good, beyond my understanding, beyond my seeing. He is working, always for my good. He has called me to rest. (Matthew 11:28)
I’ll explain each of these keys and how I am learning to use them to frame my day in future posts.
As I wrote out this process with the Lord I could feel stress leaving and peace growing. I often reread it during hard times of the day.
I live each day with focus, authority, thanksgiving, hope, encouragement, and rest.
Please share how you handle hard days.