Saturday, January 14, 2017

Knowing Yourself Better: Time to answer

For the first post in this series go to Knowing Yourself Better: Time to ask 

Hopefully you put some questions out there and soon you will start to receive answers. I hope you have also begun to sit quietly with God to hear from Him. These are important, but they are not the only ones who should be answering questions. Now it's your turn, because God gave you a wonderful mind to use. So, let's put it to use.

I will be honest, you can search the net and find thousands of questions to help you define yourself to yourself a little bit better. What I learned is not all questions are created equal, and some will hit your heart harder than others. If it is a question you don't know the answer to, sit with it a while. If it's a question you are automatically repelled from at least look to see why. If it's a question whose answer you know before you fully read the question, write that answer down. Here are some of the questions which helped me find more answers than I knew I had:

I ended up with three sheets of paper filled with words, statements, more questions which I just kept trying to answer, and if I couldn't I would sit and ask God and see what answer He had for me. This part definitely went hand in hand with listening to God because I wanted to be true to His design for me.

I also spent some time looking at other manifestos. You'll get ideas and inspiration from what others have written and how they have it written out as well. This helps in writing out who you are and answering the questions, but it will also aide when you start to put your manifesto together. Pinterest is an obvious place to see a multitude of manifestos if you don't want to simply google. Here's my board I created while I was working. I pinned anything that spoke to me for a variety of reasons even if I never went back to it in the process. Sometimes just taking it in once can leave an impression, but sometimes you may feel the need to go back and really dig in to what someone else has done. But as you create your own board, or fill a notebook, you will be answering the question "What inspires me?" 

It's good to ask others what they think.
It's great to ask God what He thinks.
But don't forget to ask yourself. You matter and your thoughts are important. 
God created us heart, soul, mind, and strength and we shouldn't ignore any part of how He created us.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What will I participate in?

Revelation Wellness® had a Facebook live video on How to have Healthy Whole Goals and something Alisa said reminded me of something we did at the Intensive Instructor Training Retreat. She was talking about a notebook she was using to set up her goals and work on them wholeheartedly, and apparently there is a page someone asked her about called her yes's and no's. She spoke about what a few of hers were, and I remember when we first got to the Retreat we had a group meeting and during part of that on a white board were written things we said we would participate in while there and things we wouldn't participate in while there.

Some of the things we said that day we wouldn't participate in were shame, blame, envy, and comparison. Some of the things we said that day we would participate in were love, encouragement, inclusion, and mercy. It set the tone for the retreat and the board was set up in a place we could see it regularly to remind us of our intentions for that time.

Because really, that's what we were doing; we were setting our intentions. We wanted the time to be wonderful where we were open to God and His Word, connecting with others, loving, and sharing. And I believe the intention determined the course of our week. After listening to Alisa talk briefly about her intentions for her year, her goals, and her yes's and no's I realized there is no reason we can't do this daily.

Now, I will be perfectly honest and say the list of what I should and should not participate in are long. Especially the lists that are a reflection of how my behavior needs to change. I get caught up in ALL THE THINGS that I forget most of them, get frustrated, and then simply forget about it because it was too hard to do anyway. But, what if we set one yes and one no per day? What if in the morning, after we have time to look at our schedule for the day, we listen to what God wants us to say yes and no to for the rest of that day?

Maybe I know I am going to be around a group of friends who speak negatively about their body? Maybe God wants me to not join in, and so that could be my no for the day. But in the same vein, my yes could be to speak mercy and love over my body and theirs during that time. And each day would have it's own places of yes and no depending on what is on the schedule. But if we limited ourselves to ONE how much easier would that be to remember than an entire list?

Yesterday Alisa spoke about hope on the Facebook live video, and this morning the email devotional for The Little Way challenge asked us where we spend our energy. I'm pretty sure I feel a yes and no coming out of those two things for my day today.