November 1st. Wow yall seriously 2017 is almost over but honestly I don’t want to *cause* myself to walk into a fit of “oh no what are we gonna do” so I’m giving myself permission to pause.
I want to let this month be more about less doing and INTENTIONALLY (more than normal) be focused on ALWAYS BEING. (Philippians 1:1-4)
Lately I’ve felt an overwhelming unsettling happening in my spirit, soul and body and today I listened to a podcast that suggested perhaps the unsettling is a hint at a case of the “never enough”…
Cue the ugly cry.
Because how often are we feeling never enough.
Pardon me for including you in that but I think I’m safe. But, Forgive me if you’re not feeling that squeeze.
This month, we’re starting there. In the ‘always and never’.
If you’re not there, can I still invite you to come sit at the table and maybe, you’ll find something that feeds whatever you’ve been hungry for.
Always and never.
These two words I heard in my spirit a few months ago when I sat down to read through Proverbs 31. I honestly let out a rebellious sigh thinking to myself that I can never measure up to her and almost before I could finish the thought, the Holy Spirit poured out this truth “you are not allowed to ever consider yourself in the context of your identity as always or never, to do so would cause you to miss the opportunities of growth, transformation and whatever I am currently doing through you.”
When He gave me this to consider, He followed up with the fact that when He designed us, it was with the truth that we are created in His Image; Imago Dei; and whenever we consider the gifts, talents, mind, ability and opportunities in this life; we are walking in authority with the ability that He gave us in order to be the hands and feet of Christ. We are here to finish the work that He started in us. Therefore, knowing this truth, we are and have never arrived completely at always or never.
Have I confused you?
Perfect. Because this is the very thing that the deception of the lie of comparison does. It convinces us that we are always something or the other or it cleverly describes one mistake as an absolute spiraling us down a slope of defeat called never. And His word promises that we are all being transformed everyday with renewed minds.
Let’s do this one day at a time. Could you use that pause. I didn’t say you have to quit doing anything, I am merely suggesting a more specific intention regarding being.
So here’s what we’re doing in this season of life. We’ll be digging into the words of Paul that remind us how to adjust our focus toward lasting joy.
Our anchor verse is Philippians 4:8; but we are going to dig into the entire book using the She Reads Truth study guide also found here with devotionals ( http://shereadstruth.com/plan/philippians/ )
Whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just
whatsoever things are pure
whatsoever things are lovely
whatsoever things are of good report
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Here is our Digging Deeper Reading Plan
AND don’t forget about the upcoming Get Unstuck class… and of course there’s a song for it…