~I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.--Revelation 3:8~

This Month's Thoughts for:

Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.

Psalm 43:3 NIV

Body-Now that all of the holiday celebrations are nearly over, it's time to look at taking care of ourselves. If you haven't already been, you need to find the right balance in life so that you can have time for exercise and to strengthen yourself.

Mind-Whether you're a student or a graduate, it's never too late to learn something new. Keep your eyes and ears open so that you may find guidance through God's word.

Spirit-Take time each day to pray and talk to God. He hears you.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Shape Shifting

It really is beautiful the way the wax rolls down the side of a burning candle and pools at its feet. As I meditated this morning, I was noticing just how much the simple behavior of this inanimate object mirrors my current feelings about myself. The candle starts out very rigid and inflexible until you light the wick. At that point, it takes on a different type of consistency. A willingness, if you will, to change a little. With this, the candle allows itself to melt down and eventually disappear. This might sound like a bad thing; I mean, after all, who wants to melt down and disappear. But upon closer examination, I think that the point is to allow our idea of ourselves to reshape itself and make way for the next one. The candle I was watching today, for instance, burned down very quickly and most of the wax spilled over to one side cascading into a very pretty shape. What used to be straight, boring and rigid had become quite fancy and interesting. When we allow ourselves to "burn," what potential do we have for becoming fancy and interesting?

I wrote a poem once that reflects this idea somewhat. It goes like this:

Without Regret

It is without regret that I have chosen to walk this particular path,
Without regret that I have chosen these lessons to learn,
Without regret that I have looked in the wrong direction at times,
Without regret that I chose to feel the fire burn.
For sometimes in my life I have needed proof that there was a reason to go the right way,
And that proof came in the form of pain felt as a result of making a mistake,
Or taking a wrong turn.
Without regret I have done these things
And I stand undefeated in the face of all that life has brought.

How can you shift your shape a little? If life isn't lighting your fire these days, what can help you create that spark? Go ahead, have your meltdown. You never know what you might come up with.

Think about these things today and remember to keep reaching for higher ground.

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Healthy Relationships: Where do you fit in?

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12 New International Version

In relationships, we are all put to the test in one way or another. Whether we are being taught a lesson in trusting others or in learning to love selflessly, we must always be on the lookout for signs that the enemy is lurking nearby. Sometimes what we think might be one of God's tests for us is actually our own ego struggling to overpower His influence in our lives.

If you are fighting constantly over the same issues with your significant other, take a step back and ask yourself, "What would God want me to do here?" It could be that He wants you to take enough pride in yourself to stand up for your right to be respected in the relationship. Maybe you need to step up and express your dissatisfaction with the way you are being treated in order to make your loved one understand what you need. Or maybe you are with someone who is treating you unfairly and God wants you to guard your heart.

If your usual tendency is to run away from a relationship when you aren't 100% satisfied with the other person's behavior, this could be an indicator that you aren't being realistic in your expectations. No one is perfect and learning to love one another's flaws as well as one's gifts is part of a healthy relationship.

A great resource for you to check out if you are having difficulty sustaining relationships is "Safe People" by Townsend and Cloud. I am currently going through a Bible Study with some ladies and we are using this book as our guide. There is alot of great information about boundaries and how to identify traits in others who may be unsafe for us. If you get a chance, check this one out.

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