Seasons are at the core of what life is, because so much of our daily lives are affected by the coming or going of a particular event or transition. What season are you in right now? The college season? The married but before kids season? The singleness season? The graduate school season? A season of joy? Or a season of frustration?
Our faith journeys are like that, too. As much as we may wish for consistency in our emotions and circumstances, the uncertainties of life tend to tug at our fickle feelings, bringing us into new seasons of trust or even some negative perspectives.
This is one of the things I battle most in my faith journey: walking with my Shepherd in trust, without allowing my ever-changing circumstances to overwrite that trust with anxiety or frustration. It may be a perfectionist thing 🙂 but when I feel like a situation is out of my control, I tend to get anxious or bitter. Isn’t it interesting how when we feel like things are out of our control, our inclination is to become frustrated and not draw near to the One who is truly in control? One of my favorite authors, Elisabeth Elliot, has a marvelous quote about this: “The secret is Christ in me, not a different set of circumstances.”
I’ve been reflecting a lot on how this school year has gone and the different seasons my faith has gone through, even in the space of 8 short months…this has really brought me some good reminders as to what has helped me in my faith walk lately.
1 // A daily devotional email sent to my email account at work. I signed up for the “Heavenward” emails from Scotty Smith and they have made a lot of difference in my work days, since Scotty Smith sends out that email around 11:15 every morning, right in the middle of my lunch break! These Heavenward emails are worded as a prayer to God, with a passage from Scripture accompanying the prayer.
2 // The devotional book, “A Lamp Unto My Feet” by Elisabeth Elliot. I already chatted about this awesome book in this “recent reads” post, but Elisabeth Elliot’s deep insights and reflections have really spoken truth into my mornings. What she writes is both convicting and powerful!
3 // Praying out loud, and praying Scriptural truths out of trust. When I pray in adoration and in trust, reminding myself of who God is and what He does for His children, my whole perspective changes.
4 // Honestly, NOT getting what I want. I’ll explain. There are certain things we pray for or we desire in life, but God’s answer is “No” or even “Not yet,” and it breaks our hearts a little. However, there is such a precious opportunity there to lay that desire before God and dedicate it to Him.
In one day’s devotion in my “A Lamp Unto My Feet” book, Elisabeth Elliot makes the point that certain dreams or desires we have in life can be considered an offering to God. She says, ‘He will see to it, that our offering does not come to nothing, provided we lay it before Him, put it to His disposal.’ Psalm 38:9,15 — ‘Lord, all that I long for is known to You, my sighing is no secret from You… I put my trust in You, Yahweh, and leave you to answer for me, Lord my God.’ I love this! I love how my desires and dreams, even those not yet realized, can be my offering to Him!
5 // My worship playlist on Spotify. It can make a big difference to create a playlist of your favorite worship songs to play throughout the day! Even at work, during my prep time, I have found it can really change my attitude during the work day when I’m playing Christian music with meaningful lyrics!
Speaking of worship music, I’m giving away a Hillsong Young & Free CD! Their new album, called “Youth Revival,” came out at the end of February this year! I own this one myself and I love their upbeat songs and truths! You can enter to win a copy of this new CD yourself below. 🙂 (Open to U.S. and Canada residents.)
I hope some of these ideas have encouraged you or even have given you an idea of something you could incorporate into your day!
What has been an encouragement to you in your faith journey recently?
*Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only. Thank you!