I haven’t been blogging as much because God has me in boot camp learning new strategies so my focus has been elsewhere. While I was out running this morning, I came across a tree that was dropping many of these sticky, prickly balls in the above picture. I stopped to pick one up. I was thinking about how they mimic what happens to us when we allow woundings from other peoples’ actions and words to piece deeply into our soul. Getting released from soul wounding in such an important part of getting healed completely in Christ.
Remember that when we get saved, our spirit is regenerated but we still have issues in our soulish realm and our physical bodies. If this weren’t so, we would be completely perfect upon salvation.
Philippians 4:6-9New International Version (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
The first instruction is to pray and petition heaven with thanksgiving (how appropriate for tomorrow) and then the peace that transcends all understanding will guard your heart & mind!
The second step is found is verses 8 & 9. The practical application of this step is to write down or meditate on any uplifting, Godly, holy qualities in each person that you will be interacting with during this holiday in advance. It is your job to be so focused on the healthy, holy side of each person that you will have no time for noticing their unhealed side. (It’s also time to really recognize that you can’t expect unhealed people to behave like healed people.) Remind yourself that you too have areas that need improvement and you would like grace from others as well.
If you stay focused on this section of scripture, verse 9 says that “the God of peace will be with you.”
Thank you God that as we do our part this holiday and focus with thanksgiving on the good side of others and make our requests known to you, that we can remain in Your peace and love.