Day 147: Slumpy

I have come across several people expressing to me that they are in a “slump” with the covenant. I totally and completely understand. And it does make me hope that I don’t convey on here that I’m never in a slump myself… I go through a slump almost weekly.

By the way, when you say the word “slump” several times in a row… it’s like it stops looking like a real word. It just looks… weird.

Okay, random tangent over.

What’s been a big help for me is that I am “forced” to write about my highs, my lows, my dark thoughts, and my revelations. Because of this blog I am “forced” to find God every day. Even on some days when I really want to just ignore Him. ignore the covenant. ignore everything. By being “forced” to find the connection to Christ, I can often bring myself out of a slump. Or, more so, finding a reminder of who God is and what His purpose is… that is what brings me out of it. It’s like, I have to remind myself daily how He fits into this journey… how He IS this journey… and it often keeps me going.

So, this is very much like my suggestion the other day about writing things down. Day 143 was about writing down the… “terms” of the covenant, whereas here, I’m suggesting something a bit more.

Like, what if you too wrote your own mind renewals? Even if it was never shared with anyone. Or you could easily share them with others. It’s just that, for some reason, having to push yourself to come up with something to write… well, it can lead you somewhere you never would have tried had you not been pushed. You wouldn’t even have to write them. Do a video everyday where you film yourself talking about your covenant with God. Post it on YouTube if you want. No technology? Get an old school tape recorder and record your voice just talking about it.

Just… try to find God. Make yourself… make a connection. He will renew you through your search for Him. through your endeavor. through your writing.

through following Him.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. Matthew 16:24

Day 143: Don’t Just Think It… Ink It

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I saw that quote when I was looking up something for my husband the other day (my man is the master of positive thinking… he read a lot of positive-thinking stuff… in fact, if you haven’t ever read any of The Success Principles by Jack Canfield (the guy who co-authored the Chicken Soup for the Soul books)… it’s really great, great stuff. I know that it sounds kind of businessy, but it’s really more about general life stuff.)

Gosh, I always seem to get on a tangent like that don’t I?

ANYWAY… The quote reminded me of a verse that my hubby has cited for years…

Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Habakkuk 2:2

And it made me think about how I think that writing down my covenant is one of the things that I did that has helped me… and it was one of the thing that I did not do… and not writing it down held me back a bit.

Huh?

Yeah, let me explain…

I wrote down my covenant with God on this blog 143 days ago. I wrote it down so that someone else could read it. So that I could be held accountable to it. I wrote it down so that there would be no questioning later about what I had really decided to do. It’s kind of like the Ten Commandments… God WROTE those suckers down for the people cause you KNOW they’d have been all “Wellllllll, I mean, I think that God said “Don’t commit adultery… unless you’re really, really in love.” He didn’t want there to be any confusion. I mean, honestly, He didn’t even let MOSES write them down… GOD wrote them down. There is just some kind of power in words being in black and white… or in gray and chiseled gray (or whatever the commandments were written in). And there have been many times that my mind has mentally flashed back to that blog page where I typed out my covenant in plain English… and it has kept me from making a bad choice. (Haha- I must have been working on that a lot today with my kids… oh how many times a day do we talk about “making a bad choice?!?!?!”)

What I didn’t write down… or what I left as very vague… was the thing about avoiding bread. I was not clear like the verse says above. And so, when it came down to it… there was no where for my mind to flash back to. Until I realized it had to be clearly written down… and so about a week and a half ago, I just had to write it down very clearly. And it has helped me tremendously.

All of that to say, if God gives you a vision, or a revelation, or a whatever… write. it. down.

Publicly, if possible.

In that verse above, it was written down so that others might be able to read it. Not for him to be able to read it. There is a reason that God wants us to share as much of ourselves as possible… call it accountability if you want, I don’t think you need a “name” for it… just know that when someone else knows your heart, your thoughts, your hurts, your joys… it just helps.

So, start a blog. Open a twitter account. Get some post-it notes. Text your best friend. Facebook a revelation. Open one of those journals that you got for graduation that has been sitting in your closet for the past howevermany years.

But write. it. down.

Day 109: A Day At A Time

One of the things that has been the best for me as I go down this journey is this blog. Sure, I fall behind three or four days when life gets crazy (like, this week, when ev.ery.one. in my family, including me, got sick) but being able to come back and refocus my attentions to God has been… well, a God-send!

Even though I read the bible every day sometimes it’s not necessarily a direct connection to my covenant. Sometimes I need to remind myself of how the Word applies to my covenant specifically. And that is how this blog has helped.

But as I talk to more and more of you that are signing up with God to do a covenant of some type, I have realized how a lot of people… for a slew of different reasons… don’t really have thirty minutes to journal or blog or meditate or whatever every day.

So, I have an idea that I got from my friend Alice who is doing a 40-day covenant. It was sort of an accident. We text back and forth scriptures or express how we are doing or a need for prayer. Well, she texted me recently this text (and yes, I even changed her name before doing this screen shot! Haha- does that make me a huge nerd?!?!?!)…

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And her little statement of “Day 5 and Jesus’ love is still enough” sort of made me think. Wow. Just taking thirty seconds every day to write down either how Jesus has worked in your life or a scripture that helped you or a prayer. It could be such a neat way to see what God is doing for you. Or a way to find that verse again really quickly that ministered to you when you wanted to break.

You could get a little week at a glance calendar (my grandmother used to do this) and write in it every day at lunch or at bed or something. Or I’m suuuuuuure there is an app out there for this. Or start a private twitter account that isn’t public.

But I would say that being able to write down every day at least one sentence about the renewal that God has given you… well, it could be the thing you need to keep you going.

It makes me think of this scripture:
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Deuteronomy 6:6-8

I mean I’m not saying write your sentence in sharpie on your forehead every morning- haha- but it’s the same concept. We need a daily reminder of God. a daily reminder of how far He has brought us. a daily reminder of His Goodness. His healing. His power.

So, there ya go. A suggestion to you and me: take it one day at a time.

And as for me too, Alice, day 109 and Jesus’ live is still enough!