Setting the Right Goal {POTF}

I recently rearranged my bedroom, which has me really excited! Whenever I get a new “space” to sit and be with Jesus, it always has this effect on me.  It’s a new place to just sit with my Lord Jesus, and draw near to Him. It’s a happy moment. A new gift to unopen in these quiet moments of seeking Him.

Use Your Personality to Draw Near

“You have searched me, Lordand you know me. . . For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well (Ps. 139:1, 13-14, NIV).”

“Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands (Psalm 119:73).”

God has personally made us. He has made our personalities. He has wired us with certain interests. This is why some people find joy (even heartfelt worship!) in taking a physical walk with the Lord, while others find worship in silently writing.

With My Being. . .

I fall into the latter group. When I find myself overwhelmed, my sacred time of quietly writing is never more appreciated! I am recharged by silence. To simply sit with our Lord Jesus is exactly what I need. . . and the perfect way to draw near to Jesus. The Lord is picking up my burdens here, as I sit and enjoy quietness. He is calming my heart. This shows how much I need this. We need to set goals that allow us to experience more of the Lord!

Friend, what is your one goal to help you draw nearer to the Lord during our study?

We are uniquely made. Even all the quirks we hate (like my need for more quiet), God might just have put there for a reason. Knowing more about our personalities helps us to understand how to worship Him in a more enjoyable way, but it boils down to this question.

What is one goal that will help us draw nearer to our Risen Lord Jesus?

There are various goals we could set. Let’s think up of some, shall we? {Be sure to comment below and share your goal for our eight week study}

Read and meditate on the given Scripture first thing in the morning.
Spend time in the Word before bed.
Take a prayer walk {short or long, it’s up to you}.
Spend time quietly before the Lord to just think and talk with Him in prayer.
Memorize one Scripture {or perhaps work to tackle all eight of them!}.
Write out each week’s memory verse.

Just remember: Make the goal realistic. It needs to fit you and where God has placed you right now. My goals will differ from others, because I am different from others. . . but, it’s not about comparison. Just drawing near to the Lord and this will give Him good pleasure.

An eight week journal is only $6.25, if you want to grab one. And, the blog party continues on Facebook. There’s even a women’s small group! WAHOO!!! Just wait and see what the Holy Spirit will do, my friends.

In Him,

Signature

 

Advertisements

COME As You Are, Friend!

Friends,

Welcome to Gracefully Overcoming! This blog started out, mainly just as an outlet to the things I was going through in my life. However, it has turned into much more. This has become a beautiful place to seek the Lord with friends – near and far. While this blog begun out of chronic illness, it is wholly about seeking the Lord Jesus with whatever we have to offer.

. . . Even our messes is absolutely acceptable offering to our great God!

Just Come, Friend!

“Jesus said, “Come follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” So Simon and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him (Matthew 4:19-20, NCV).”

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18, NASB).”

“The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit–O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject (Psalm 51:17, NET).”

In the Scriptures, we are reminded that we can just come. We don’t have to wait until our lives are picture perfect and oh-so-neat to meet (or even better experience) our gracious God. He is yearning to be with us, and allow us to see this new and abundant life He has created for us. While sin has messed up things, they are not beyond repair – because we have our amazing Savior Jesus Christ who has come to repair everything. All we have to do is come.

Maybe, you aren’t uber excited about doing a Bible study right now. I wasn’t either, but the Lord awoke that spiritual desire today when I began my time reading through Titus. So just know, the Lord will meet you. Wherever you are, the Lord will meet you.

Let’s just come and realize our deep need for our Savior Jesus Christ!
Let’s invite Him into our broken (and often messy) lives, and wait to see how the Lord will transform us, our circumstances, and entire lives.

 

The biggest thing we need, as believers, is to get closer to the Lord Jesus. Whether it is through this study or another one, the ultimate goal has to be just that – to get as close as you can to the Lord.

This weekend, I want for us to begin praying about possible goals. Rather, goal.

What is one goal you can set, to help you get closer to Jesus these next eight weeks?

Because God has wired us differently (personality, interests, etc), that goal is going to look differently for each of us. Now I am setting aside a separate post specifically to talk about goals, but I am not talking about a year long goal. You may have one. You may have five. If you do, I think that is fantastic! My goals never seem to stick, so my one goal I am fixed on – is to sit quietly before the Lord.

Just think about these next eight weeks. What is ONE goal you can set that will draw you nearer to the Lord?

There are a variety of ways to get involved in our Bible study. You can find an eight week journal on Amazon to use for this (or another) study. Also: You can follow my Facebook page. Or even join the women’s small group to dig deeper into this Bible study!

In Him,

Signature

New Year’s “Hang Over”

Tonight is New Year’s Eve. I made a plan last week to go out to a little party thing. Today, I tossed and turned about going. The habit of living fearlessly is something we can all pursue. I do, for the most part, try and keep on the fearless mask. However this whole “fearless” act I have going on, well I was not that for a good part of today.

I am one of those people whose personality traits include: introversion and being highly sensitive (otherwise known as HSP).

Obviously, it sounds easier to stay home at this point. Right? I mean, I could have used pouring rain as an excuse. I have loads of excuses, besides the valid one of “people freak me out” (a whole new level of honesty, I know). I really do love people, friends, family, random strangers I connect with, as long as I have room in my human interaction cup.

I literally have nothing to offer anyone if my human interaction cup is full

Excuses Versus . . .

I had a moment of realization tonight. I do things like attend social gatherings, when part of me struggles with it, because I want to honor God with my entire life. If it wasn’t for God, I would not push past the fears or moments of struggling to face the world when my spirit is hung over (detailed explanation below). It’s pretty simple for me. They say you need a “why,” for goals and such.

Here is my why: I don’t want to miss out on opportunities to bless God, because I was too afraid. So, I wrestle between being fearful versus fearless. On one side, I have introversion where human interaction can literally suffocate my spirit. And on another, I have the hindrance of being a highly sensitive person where too much stimulation causes me to run away and never return if given the option.

I want Jesus, my King, to be lifted high in my life. And I know, God can do miraculous things – even when I am scared out of my mind.

… Jesus is why I can step out of my comfort zone and face peopling, even when my spirit screams “I am done for the week. I need silence!”

The Hang Over

With peopling and being overstimulated (noise, lighting, people, reacting more deeply, etc), I face something I call a “hang over”. It is simply from overwhelming my spirit. My spirit becomes intensely weighed down, that it is hard to interact with anyone in a meaningful conversation or watch a favorite show without adding to it. My spirit is just scattered, beyond overwhelmed, and struggling to just get through it. My spirit, in some ways, becomes paralyzed. Everything becomes difficult. That is the best way to describe it to a non-introvert.

… And, the answer is “recharging”. I have to take a “time out,” and allow myself to recover. I have to allow myself the time and space to process and recover from the past few days or weeks of human interaction and a heavy load of stimuli.

Jesus Christ, my Beloved Savior, is the One who walks me through this process of welcoming the new year and process through the past few days or weeks.

 

HSP and NCS

Lately, I have been researching. One of the things is emotional “stuff” can cause symptoms from NCS (Neurocardiogenic Syncope). Whenever I get stressed, I get weak physically. It’s not fun. It literally weighs my spirit down, but that’s not all it does. So, how does one learn how to appropriately handle their emotional self? Seeking emotional support is just as important as pursuing physical health.

  • How can I better determine how I spend myself emotionally?
  • Is it deleting my facebook?
  • Is it living in isolation for the rest of my life? (I am kidding about that one…)

Now for the serious questions:

  • How can I avoid being overstimulated? Overwhelmed? Bogged down emotionally?
  • What is the change in direction that will radically help me physically, emotionally, and spiritually?

Just wondering how to go about this thing called my life in a way that will honor my God. I know this is an area that God can be glorified through. Even when my spirit is heavily burdened from emotions or an overloaded on information, I am reminded to “”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). God has rest for me, when I come to Him. When I come to Him, I can finally lay my burdens down.

I am first and foremost, a child of the most high God. As I wrestle with what it will look like for me to limit emotional stress and learn coping mechanisms for being a highly sensitive person, I am reminded of two Scriptures that help me. Then, I am also created by God. So, God knows what will help me on this journey. I am His. Caring deeply when I see something (maybe it’s something someone is going through, etc) is a gift that God can and will use for His glory. It can be used to help others. To show others that they are deeply cared for.

Isaiah 43:7
Psalm 139

Psalm 139:14 teaches that I am fearfully and wonderfully made! No matter what…. Yes, I have chronic illness. Yes, my autonomic nervous system is in overload. There are a lot of “yes” answers to many questions, but God has my back! I was created for His glory! I am His alone, and nothing and no one can ever change that. Not even chronic illness with as debilitating as it can be.

This week, the verse I am setting aside and hoping to focus on is found in Isaiah 43:7:

“Everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

“Be the Dad She Needs You to Be”

Be the dad“Be the Dad She Needs You to Be” is by Kevin Leman. He is author of other books, such as: “Have a New Kid by Friday”, “The Birth Order Book”, and countless other books relating to marriage, kids, birth order, etc. Leman is a well-known psychologist, that has come to help many families.

This book, Be the Dad She Needs You to Be, is a great book. It is filled with helpful tips on how fathers can help their relationships with their daughters. Not only does it help fathers, but it also is helpful to daughters. In one part of the book, he explains the dynamic of the birth order. That is really important, because how a father relates to one daughter won’t necessarily work for his other daughter(s).

I read this as an outside. Of course, I am not a father. I am not a mother. I am just a single woman, finding her place in life. This book is even helpful to me, as I think about my future, my relationship with God through Jesus Christ, what I want in a potential husband, and to learn more about how birth order affects personality. Even some of the techniques in this book, I found to be very helpful!

While this is a good book, one thing I noticed is the lack of biblical references. Coming from a Christian publisher, I thought there would be more biblical evidence to support his points and ideas. Still, a good book. It could have been better, but it is still a good book. Just lacks biblical evidence. Readers will have to search the Scriptures themselves to dig deeper into what God says about fathers’ taking a role in their daughters’ lives.

I would recommend this book. It would be helpful for fathers to read and understand their importance in their daughters’ lives!

**Please note, I was given a free copy of this book by Booksneeze in exchange for a honest review**