This week as part of working toward our God-sized dreams, Holley asked us to write about one thing that has helped us, in the past, take positive action.
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As a recovering perfectionist, the one positive action I can take comprises two steps.
First, I remind myself that God loves me unconditionally so there is no fear that He will love me less if I fail. Second, because of His love, I plunge forward and take that scary first step regardless of how hard my knees are knocking.
(Hmm... I confess ever since I shared I wanted to write about soul care, beginning with a manifesto, I haven't gotten very far.)
But I am implementing my one positive action by sharing with you a rough draft of my incomplete manifesto.
Yes, it is a risk. But how else am I going to move forward and trust (my 2013 word) God, unless I allow myself to write messy, and imperfectly. My thoughts on soul care are not fully formed.
I can think myself into an endless circle like our puppy chasing his own tail around and around. It makes me dizzy to watch him.
Grace, please, as you read my unfinished work. Thank you, my friend.
This is what I have written so far on my Soul Care Manifesto:
"None of us can go full speed ahead all the time. We all need to take time to be renewed and restored." -Holley Gerth*
Does your life ever feel like you're wearing a shirt too large, or your feet are cramped into shoes too small? Maybe you are running like a hamster faster and faster on the wheel of your life but you are not going anywhere?
What if you knew God designed a bespoke (personally tailored) you with a unique role to fulfill in His Kingdom, now?
From past experience, I have felt like that hamster, and I have tried to squeeze myself into someone else's shoes. And it hurt my soul, and it leaked out and hurt me emotionally and physically.
In order for you to become who God lovingly created you to be, you must care for your soul. It is not optional if you want to be fully who God designed you to be. For His Glory, for your good, and our good.
And it is not a luxury if you care for your soul by making time to be with God. Most of us make time to brush our teeth because we want healthy teeth. Well if you want a healthy soul, then care for it.
You are not being selfish if you care for your soul. Whenever I haven't cared for my soul, I became more selfish.
It is our natural bent, and soul care turns us back to God, and His image instead of our sinful tendencies.
Just like your lungs need clean air, your soul needs to be cleansed with His Holy Spirit daily. We live in a sin-stained world, and we cannot escape the effects of living in such a world.
Soul care is not complicated. You take the time to stop and connect with God and His Word. Maybe you go for a walk and talk with God. Or you sing songs to Him while you shower.
It was out of an extended time of brokenness and God healing me that God taught me the value of caring for my soul. Or rather letting Him care for me as I communed with Him, and His Word.
Caring for my soul by connecting with God daily and His Word has healed me emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically over the past several years.
The End of what I have so far on my Soul Care Manifesto. Stil in process.
How do you practice soul care?
What resonated with you as you read my in-process Soul Care Manifesto?
The Soul Care Manifesto is more of a "why" you need to care for your soul. The Soul Care e-book will have more practical "how-to" steps, hopefully.
It is where my thinking is for now, but who knows where God will lead as I pray, and write.
I appreciate so much my sweet friends, who have prayed and asked about my progress. You are amazing sisters in Christ! Thank you.
* From Holley's inspiring e-book:Do What You Can Plan: 21 Days to Making Any Area of Your Life Better .** I finished it, and I loved it. Want to also read it? Come on, friend...It will be a great growth opportunity.
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P.S. I invite you to meet Holley and the rest of her launch team here. You are also invited to go on the journey with us. I have "met" some of the ladies on the team, and they are an encouraging group.
Also linking today with sweet and gifted friend Laura,
and the amazing Jen
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