If you have a lot of things in your life that you pull the plug on before anyone else does, you might want to dig a little deeper into the why. The time spent on soul searching is valuable. You might be chipping at it daily with devotions and study but sometimes it takes a bit more to uncover what is going on.
Participate in a Christ-centered weekend retreat: you will find you are not alone in your struggles and you might gain some useful tools and insights. God has a lot to say through others.
Schedule your own Christ-centered private retreat: if you get distracted by others and are at the point where you know you need to dig in on your own, do it! God has a lot to say all by Himself! Scouring Scripture can help you see where the “who I want to be” and “who I am” struggle is and you might better understand the “why” behind it.
Talk with a Christ-centered and trustedworthy friend and ask them what they see: but be prepared to hear some observations that surprise you. Their insights might be useful. You don’t have to agree with everything they have said and you don’t have to change everything the point out. But if you are ready for a little soul searching, a true friend is golden: they can see our intentions, our failures, and help us see how we are missing the mark.
We all struggle.
Ignoring it never works. If you are in a space where you don’t want to be and there seems to be a looming path ahead of you, it is likely time to set aside the time to work it out.
God forgives, renews, and restores but there is still consequences that we have to deal with. But knowing His forgiveness, restoration, mercy, grace, and renewal is there can give us the courage to face things we have been avoiding.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” [Joshua 1:9 NIV]
Have you ever had a day (or a season) when the future looked very uncertain and you were called to wait for an answer and you waited, and waited, and waited? The waiting felt terminal–with many things hinging upon that one answer.
Here are some things that I have found helpful–
find a couple of Bible verses that communicate God’s promises–memorize them.
review your life, what has God done for you in the past? Remember His provisions and repeat them. It does help to recall His previous provisions.
let God change the course of your life. There are times when we are convinced we have a plan and it isn’t necessarily the direction God would like us to go. Remember, we are the clay–He is the Potter! Sometimes God wants you to give up your job, your house, the community you live in.
Stay in God’s Word! Satan wants to steal your courage…surround yourself with God’s promises.
Here is a great Psalm! What words stand out for you?
Psalm 145 (NIV)
A psalm of praise. Of David.
1[a] I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever. 2 Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom. 4 One generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts. 5 They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and I will meditate on your wonderful works. [b] 6 They will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and I will proclaim your great deeds. 7 They will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness. 8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love. 9 The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made. 10 All you have made will praise you, O LORD;
your saints will extol you. 11 They will tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might, 12 so that all men may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The LORD is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made. [c] 14 The LORD upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time. 16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing. 17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and loving toward all he has made. 18 The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth. 19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them. 20 The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.
If you are struggling as you wait, hang on….He is with you…