Yesterday, someone blessed me with thank you letter about the first post on embracing discomfort. When I responded, I had a huge A-HA! moment. I’ve missed out on so many blessings because I refused to expose myself to things that make me uncomfortable! The implications are astounding:
Making memories with my kids:
- I refuse to swim in water below 86 degrees – pool water is always below 86 degrees in Ohio. Unless it’s bath water hot. There’s no in-between. I’ve missed out on so much splashy summer fun.
- At the beach, I might go in up to my ankles (unless it’s that minimum of 86 degrees) and I LOVE the beach.
- Sledding? Building snowmen? Making snow angels? Fuhgeddaboudit!
- Skiing or snowboarding? Winter sports in general? HAHAHAHAHA!! Why would I pay money and buy special equipment, just to shiver?
- I go all Goldilocks about the weather – I surely can’t go out and exercise if the weather isn’t just right.
- If I let people really really love me and open myself up to them, they might hurt me. Then, I’d be left out, alone, in the metaphoric cold.
My work for God:
- How long have I avoided my calling out of fear? How many people could I have encouraged? Made smile when they needed it most? Given hope? Helped find peace?
Wait! I sound like a total diva!
I don’t believe I’m a selfish jerk – unless I am and never realized it… Maybe I am, maybe not, but I will become one if I stay locked inside the “safe” confines of my self-created limitations.
God is opening my eyes to a lot of the things I do that keep me from my full potential. Ugly things, hidden things, small things. However, he is gracious and merciful. He’s doesn’t reveal them in ways that make me want to shut down or give up!
His gentle insights make me want to LIVE! He’s giving me hope about the beautiful moments my future will contain when I ease into discomfort. Ease into him. He’s revealing how glorious life can be, if I simply trust him.
Romans 15:13 – 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
My Father is using something as small and inconsequential as a daily cold shower to train me to make the most of my life! It’s true: The little things become the big things. God willing, my relationships will transform and my kids will have the well-rounded Ohio childhood they deserve. Heck, there’s a whole new winter world out there, just waiting for us to explore it – and it’s stunning!
Most important, when God calls, I won’t paralyze myself with thoughts of, “Well, I’d sure love to do that for you, but that just sounds a little too _______.”
I want to live a life untethered by anything except God’s love: to give with radical generosity and fully love with a joyful spirit and an open, playful whimsy. I want to love other people like he does. I pray that the overflow of my joy will bring the same to others.
Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 13
Today, we’re continuing the prayer journal prompts. Prayer journaling is a beautiful way to focus our prayers and keep our eyes on Jesus. If you missed it and want to join in the healing journal journey, start with Day 1, which explains the whole concept. The other prompts are in the carousel below. Just start with the oldest and work your way through chronologically.
Read the verse below and let it warm your heart. Pray for God to align your heart with his. Ask him, “How can I be a more effective doer?”
James 1:22-25 NIV – Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves. For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so—not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer—he will be blessed in what he does.
When you are ready, journal the following:
- What are you missing out on because of your aversion to discomfort?
- What would your life be like if you embraced healthy discomfort? Pick one:
- How would it affect you?
- Your relationships with others?
- Your relationship with God?
- Your life in general?
- Did you do something from the Day 11 prompt to make yourself uncomfortable?
- If so, how did it make you feel?
- If not, what is one healthy thing you can do, today, to purposefully make yourself uncomfortable?
- List three things you’re grateful for from the last 24 hours. Remember, no repeats from previous entries!
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