What would you be willing to give up to find healing?
I had to give up some things to gain what I had been truly waiting for.
The core of my soul really needed this challenge. Here I was going about my life in my 30’s feeling unfulfilled and not really knowing who to blame for it or what to do. But, then it dawned on me that I was not truly giving the most important relationship in my life the effort needed to help my faith grow to manifest happiness in my life. I realized it was necessary to block out time to give God praise everyday. For example, at the beginning of the day to spend some time with God and get away from other time takers like social media.
So my plan was to fast from things that I felt like took up much of productive time in my life. I was going to fast from social media for the first hours of the day from when I woke up until lunch time. Which was about 12:00 p.m. I realized that an all day fast probably was not for me because I had positive posts and business affairs that were tied to my social media. However, I still wanted a quiet time to reflect each day before engaging in my normal routine. I believed that the beginning of the day could show God’s power since he gives me life breath and strength. I know God loves me and I needed to show it by not getting caught up in the worldly pendulum of the back and forth of life’s joys and pains, thus forgetting about him. I thought having this time would give me a strong foundation for the day.
After a few weeks of this challenge, I realized it was sooooo not easy! I had to keep reminding myself why I wanted to do this challenge, why it was important, and to stay on track. It was as if it was programmed for me to look up things and check social media as soon as I got up or whenever I had a break. Therefore, I had to find things to put in place of the frequent and even robotic checking of social media. I started to pray more, read religious materials more, and listen to music or sermons on my way to work. It was interesting. I was seeking out days to connect with God daily beyond just the typical prayer or talk with God. No, I went deeper and started trying to find songs or sermons that could be the prescription to the specific problems I faced. Then something amazing happened! I began to realize that the Lord was my shepherd, my fortress, my shield, just as Psalms says. I started to give more of my issues, problems and concerns over to him during this tune out time every morning. I started to truly worship and spend quality time with God everyday! I started to feel like I was getting the healing that I so desired. I wanted to feel strong enough to handle the many setbacks or disappointments that came my way. And having a daily relationship with God only made me happier and stronger.
What I learned from this challenge is not all the way new, it actually is a reminder of some things I learned along the way and in other challenges even. We should show true devotion to God. Is he our God? If so, it is extremely important to know he truly has your back and is in your corner each day when you start your day. If we know God is in control, then we should give what we are going through over to him. We should be able to rest in him knowing the other things we fill our time with really can’t help us through our problems or give us lasting joy. Sometimes we need to give up things that block us to gain blessings from God. I had to give up a devotion to a relationship that was hurting me to my core and yet it was taking up all my time and space in my thoughts. So I had to give up some of my devotion to that relationship and give it to God and trust him more therefore making me feel more secure. I do not fear what comes next in my life I now know in God’s time my desires WILL be fulfilled.
Why not trust him so we can set the stage for our day! Try it! Set a time each day to abstain from things that distract you from God and spend some time with God. What would you be willing to give up to find healing? If we trust him all the more we should prove it! We have nothing to loose by trusting God and just many things to gain as a foundation they can truly give us fulfilment and healing in our life. What do you want healing from? Hurt, wrongs, bad effects of wrong choices, depression, regret, anger, resentment, reliance on man (or woman) more than God, unbelief, confusion, faithlessness, fear or any of the things that plague your heart and mind? Give it over to God and discover your healing!!!