Over the last few weeks, I have been exploring life’s rhythms. When I first began, I discovered four rhythms that I wanted to work on in my own life. They naturally fell into this beautiful group named the 4 W’s – Welcome, the Word, Worship and Well-Being. God has worked in me and around me to bring an awareness as to how they should look and become part of who I am. Each one has made an impact as I dug into their meanings for me and practiced them in my daily life. But one has haunted me and has become my enigma. For many, the rhythm of well-being is the easiest, but for me it is one I will continue to learn and work on the rest of my life.
Right now, this rhythm looks like one giant step forward that ends up five steps back. This is where my worth and faith are tested on every level and where God whispers over and over, “See I am doing a great work in you”. But belief is everything and many days I don’t see the great work and I certainly don’t believe it is happening. It is buried so deep inside that a total excavation is needed to find the heart of who I have always been meant to be.
Working on belief in myself is a good place to start. Belief in yourself happens when the truth of who you are is louder than the voices that tell you otherwise. The truth is found when God’s Word is our go to source and everything else is disregarded. My go to verses are in Psalm 139 and keeping these on repeat in my heart is a beautiful source of comfort.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13-14)
[tweetthis]Belief in yourself happens when the truth of who you are is louder than the other voices. @MaryGeisen #weekendwhispers[/tweetthis]
Allowing myself grace to make mistakes and to fail sometimes is needed in order to get back up and do it all again tomorrow. I am reminded often that I am far from perfect and it is in my imperfection that I accept God’s grace. When we accept God’s grace, we are acknowledging we need a do over and He is the one to provide the fresh start. His love and grace teach us that when the way is hard, we need only turn to Him.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
(2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
[tweetthis]In our imperfection we accept God’s grace, acknowledging we need a do over. @MaryGeisen #weekendwhispers[/tweetthis]
Finally, I am taking baby steps and celebrating along the way. When it comes to well-being, I am mastering the exercise part very well. I love to walk and I am blessed with beautiful parks and gardens near where I live. I take advantage of this beauty on my walks. I love the feeling after I have walked, knowing those baby steps brought me closer to being healthier. Celebrating along the way is the gift of a job well done.
God has shown me the need for rhythms in my life. Rhythms that teach, ones that stretch me beyond what I thought I was capable of, ones that deepen my relationship with God, and ones that show me how to open my heart to others and new possibilities. All of these are made possible because of God. To catch up on all the other posts about life’s rhythms, click here, here, here and here.
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