November 17, 2016

Being Still in the Spiritual Journey

Today on the blog, I want to talk about another component of the body, mind, soul and spirit foundation of The Journey of Healing, and that is the spiritual or faith component. When we talk about mindfulness, or how to live a healthy lifestyle through food and exercise, or how to tame our emotions or show grace to others, we cannot leave out the foundation that makes all of this possible. When I discovered that I needed to tame my to-do list and create more balance in my every day, I prayed about it and read scriptures that lined up with how to accomplish this. When I realized that my eating habits or lack of healthy ones were causing my body not to operate in the way it was meant to, I consulted God’s instructions through various teachings like the Daniel Plan, and direction through a life coach that shared how God wants us to treat our body like the temple He created. I then developed a different way to pay attention to my body through yoga and meditation, and was able to listen to the cues my body was giving me which helped every area of my life.

I want to share with you some insights on what I’ve learned that may be able to help you in your journey, wherever you are, and whatever that journey looks like. I realize that I need something a little more sustainable in my life, more than just my fleeting moments of emotion and rationale. I realize that I need to be able to trust something or someone higher than myself, one that will not disappoint me. I realize that in order to move forward, I need to reconcile what is behind me and any struggles that have impeded my progress. I know for sure
that none of this can be found in any of my friends or family, comfort food or shopping, it has to be found in God.

I know for sure that I can trust God with all of my emotions, my disappointments, my hurt, my rejection, my questions and my fears. I can tell Him anything and He won’t tell anyone else. I can cry and He will comfort me, I can tell Him I’m angry and He won’t hold it against me. And during those moments that I don’t know what to do, those times that I can’t even pray, I can just be still in His presence and He will be right there until I’m okay. I’m grateful that His grace finds me and follows me through my day. I’m grateful that my faith grows with every misstep and every success. I’m grateful that His mercies are new every morning.

I find comfort in the scripture from Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God” because I find rest there. I find rest in His presence when I am overwhelmed, rest in His presence when I am not making the best decisions, rest in His presence when I need balance in some area of my life, and rest in His presence when I just need to belong. This verse urges me to be still and confident in knowing who God is and what He is able to do in me and through me, is what I need as a gentle reminder from time to time. Many times I try to tackle my every day and I think I have life all under control, only to find out after it’s all said and done, that I could have handled things better and quite differently if I had just surrendered it all to God.

It’s hard to be still when you are used to being in control of the outcome (or think you are). But opening my heart to this scripture has provided so much peace, the confident peace that comes with knowing my stillness is a way God can do His work. He won’t have to work around me, He can just get right to the matter.

So, I’m glad I have this foundation, this spiritual base...the faith base, that sustains me in the midst of my every day. I know that I would not be able to accomplish what I have accomplished in my life without it. I would not be able to walk alongside others in their time of crisis, I would not be able to help others practice yoga and meditation to become their best self, I would not be able to serve others in ministry and would not be able to write and publish words that encourage people in their walk with the Lord. I’m grateful for being equipped to put one foot in front of the other in His strength, and grateful for the opportunity to share my journey with you.

Is there a chapter or verse in the Bible that lends testimony to your life or journey?   

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