I’m thrilled to have my friend, Becky Hastings, guest-posting with us today. Along with being a wife, mother, author, and blogger, Becky recently launched her new 5 day (free!) ecourse, DWELL. (Which I highly recommend. A lovely course that doesn’t take a lot of time, but offers a sweet sense of calm in exchange for that time.) Thank you Becky for sharing with us today. ♥
It all started with a weird sound in my ear. It wasn’t loud or painful. There was no ringing or buzzing. It was just a sound that wouldn’t go away.
By morning, this little sound had become something entirely different in my mind. I hadn’t been able to sleep well, the sound taunting me as I lay staring at the ceiling.
When I awoke, it was the first thing I thought about, and before my feet hit the floor I couldn’t tell if I still heard the sound or if it was just the memory of the sound.
I started going through my day, thinking about it, searching for it online, getting kids ready, searching again, eating breakfast, wondering, and on and on. It was all I could think about. And I wasn’t even sure it was still happening.
How often do we do that? Get an idea in our head that we just keep thinking about. Like a splinter under the skin, it’s suddenly the only thing we can feel.
It took approximately ten minutes of this weird sound for it to become the only thing I could think about, the mindset I was living in. I was dwelling on this one thing and allowed it to (negatively) impact everything else around me.
But what if we are made to dwell, to think upon the same thing and spend time in a given place? What if that is what we are made for, but we just pick the wrong things?
We stress over finances or a sick loved one. We worry about our kids or if we are in the right job. We worry about what to have for dinner or why our hair doesn’t look right.
So many of the things of life that we dwell on drain our soul instead of fill us up. Tweet This
In the book of Matthew, Jesus addresses this backward thinking. He writes of the birds of the air not worrying about their provision and the flowers not worrying about how they look. Jesus tells us exactly what to do: “Seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
Take a few minutes and read Jesus’ teaching in the Message version here. It brings such clarity to the message and challenges us to make changes.
What if we changed our dwelling to the one thing we are all called to dwell on? What if we began investing our thoughts in the Father instead of the circumstances surrounding us?
I know, it sound so easy in black and white, but real life is another story. Work and the kids and the laundry and the bills and on and on and on. We are living in the world, and that means real responsibilities. I know. But our time with God doesn’t need to be complicated or meet certain requirements. Our time with God can be as simple as shifting our thinking.
If we have the capacity to dwell on the negative things in our life, we have the ability to DWELL in the presence of God.
But I often wonder how. How do I make time for God in the middle of real life? How do I really talk to Him or read a verse without it feeling like a task? How do I DWELL in Him instead of my circumstances? I discovered 2 things that work.
How to DWELL in the presence of God:
- Make it simple.
- Do it messy.
I knew if I really wanted to change the way I thought about time with God and make it something real in my heart, I needed it to be simple. And I needed the ability to get it wrong. To mess it up. To miss a day and keep going.
This couldn’t be a “Read-through-the-Bible- in-a- Year” plan or a declaration of waking up before everyone and spending an hour praying every morning. My time with God needed to be something I could realistically do just as I am at this moment.
DWELL is a free e-course to do just that. DWELL provides a framework for you to cultivate time with God in the middle of your real life. In 5 daily emails, you will be encouraged and be given a simple task, taking no more than 5 minutes. This 5 minutes is like an internal pause to DWELL in the presence of God. Sign up here today! These five days can shift the way you think about spending time with God. We all have the ability to dwell. May we learn to embrace real life and walk together as we DWELL in the presence of God.
Rebecca believes in embracing grace in real life. At My Ink Dance, she captures hard, uncomfortable, often unspoken feelings and brings light, honesty and God’s truth to them in a relatable way.
She is also the author of Worthy: Believe Who God Says You Are, a 20 day devotional inviting women to live life confident of their worth. Rebecca is a wife and mother of three in Connecticut writing imperfect and finding faith along the way.
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