Day 151: Heart Check (May 31)

Hello heart, it’s been a while since I’ve checked in with you.  I’ve noticed several times lately, I will come across a person or life scenario and a flood of emotion will cause tears to come to my eyes and then I realized, I need to make a pit stop.  God’s grace has been covering my every moment, but that doesn’t mean I don’t need to still be aware of myself and my need to process.

We’ve been walking through so many different obstacle courses all at the same time.  How are you, my heart?  Life has been throwing one gauntlet after another onto the course we’re navigating, and God’s hand has been both protective and instructional.  I am so grateful, but I am also so tired.  Let’s take a rest today, heart.  Let’s sit a while and just feel.  Like walking through a garden, let’s let emotions run their course as we bask in the Sonlight.  We need a moment.  A moment of rest.

Hello heart, I’m glad to take some time with you today…..

Today, I encourage everyone reading this to slow down for a minute and make a pit stop.  When you travel in a car, you don’t just keep going until the car dies or runs out of gas.  In much the same way, you must stop your life for a moment to check in with yourself.  To find out how you are really doing.  Making such pit stops will help you avoid many different things, like becoming depressed and anxious.  It also helps you not start exploding on those around you.  It can help your attitude stay where it should be and will help you regain your focus on the Father.  We all need this time.

I encourage you to go away to your favorite place (hopefully outdoors) and just sit.  Drink in the daylight and listen to nature around you.  Close your eyes and drink in the fresh air and the sounds of God’s creation.  It won’t be long before any residual emotions begin to rise up to the surface and then you can take each one to the Father and receive His truth over them.

This is THE most important thing you can do for yourself and your family.  This is pivotal for a deeper walk with God.  He meets us in that quiet place.  It may take longer for some to find the quiet inside than others, but that’s ok.  I just encourage you to surrender to the task of resting and re-focusing.

Have you been cranky lately? Or frustrated? Or lonely? Or sad? Then ask God to show you what’s out of alignment.  As He tenderly resets your heart posture, you will feel relieved.  Just like going to a chiropractor can make you feel like you’ve literally removed bricks from your shoulders, going to God to realign will be such a relief.  Will you take this time today?

This is what the Sovereign Lord, The Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…..Isaiah 30:15a

The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.  Psalm 23:2-3a

Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23:6