Seven days ran their course and we’re now one week removed from Easter Sunday. I pray you’ve experienced the resurrection power of the Lord and feel the soul anchoring goodness that only His freedom can give.
Seven days of living. Seven days of growing. Seven days that lead us now to a day of resting. A day to Sabbath, find the truth for our souls and ease for weary feet. A day to be still and know that He is God.
Last month I entered into the first of four quarterly weekend retreats with God I will have through 2017. The purpose: examine my life from the prior three months and hear from God how to best center myself in Him as the next three months begin.
I retreated and chose to stay home. I taped two white poster boards on walls in my bedroom and wrote the following questions to stir honest self-examination and invite God to speak to me in the silence:
Lord, where did I THRIVE during the last three months?
Lord, where did I STRUGGLE during the last three months?
Lord, what do you ENVISION for me in the next three months?
Lord, what is the BEST/BETTER you’ve called me to NOW?
I also created a column and listed my current responsibilities to see where I spend my time and where I’ve committed myself to activities and relationships. I placed a star next to the activities that I sensed I need to transition from now and in the coming months.
God began to show me the importance of stewarding my time into the best things and not the good things. He showed me the value of calling and invited me to consider the power and the gift of seasons – they change naturally, and they call us to change with them, to step into them.
As I answered the questions and dialogued back with the Lord, I began to see the better over the good in my life and where I needed to invest myself in the coming months. Time is a resource and it’s not unlimited. I have to make decisions now that will shape how I live in the months to come.
The decision making was hard at times; things I’ve done for some time I realized I needed to step away from so my mind and my energy could be best used in places I was called to. When you’re called, you know you’re supposed to be there. When you’re not called, you stay because of the commitment but your heart and soul have moved on. At that point, your body should too!
How might you consider inviting this type of self-reflection into your life in the coming month? Let me know what you decide to do in the comments below.