It is definitely a new season. All I have to do is hear the sniffles and see the red eyes of my youngest daughter.
There was a shift in the weather. From cold to mild. It was subtle, but the it eventually became very evident.
That thought took me to my walk of faith in Christ. Time in, and hunger for the word of God can shift from red hot to mild to cold.
This is where I’d gotten; not totally cold, but somewhere a little less that mild.
Sure, my Bible is open on my desk all day, every day. I’d read a Scripture, heck, even a whole chapter. I didn’t allow myself to align myself totally with the Word.
I still held the same standards and could confidently quote the passage when talking with friends. I could portray so much of God’s loving-kindness on the pages of my online feeds, but what did that look like in my real, daily walk. I want so desperately to get back in line with my Savior.
There were some things in my life that I let slip because of a weak time abiding in the Word.
Encouraging words to my friends waned. My thoughts weren’t always positive. I’d constructed a critical spirit toward my husband. I didn’t seek God first. I sought the advice and direction of friends. I wasn’t as attentive to my children.
The word “Realign” came flooding in.
Align: (verb) to fall or come into line; be in line.
Realign is to get back into line.
It’s time to realign my life with God’s Word with an expectancy for freshness; a new understanding or revelation of Him.
This is what God brought to my attention when I got intentional about seeking Him,
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Romans 8:5-6 (NKJV)
Because of carnal thinking and attitude, I went from death to life and peace.
So, how does one go from carnality to spirituality? I can only share from my own experience.
- Make a decision. My thought life is my choice. I don’t have to dwell on every thought that comes into my noggin!
- Dig. If there is some sort of unrest looming in my life, I dig in the scripture for specific verses that deal with it and stand on God’s promise that He’ll never leave me alone.
- Pray specifically. I’ve had enough of vague, blanket “Lord, forgive me.” prayers without praying about a specific attitude. I had to get to the root of my issues by asking the Lord to reveal my heart.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a steadfast spirit within me.. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”
Psalm 51: 10-12 (NKJV)
Shifts in our growing time happen. We can become stagnant and know that we need to realign so that our lives line up with God’s instruction for living. Sometimes it can be caught and dealt with quickly, other times its a subtle change.
Either way, God is still there and His mercies are ever present. Know that He’s always, ALWAYS a safe place to land.