My hands are ripped, there’s chalk smudged across my midsection, and my mind is fried from a killer week of stress. Forget controlling my thoughts, they’re as powder-swirled and black as my t-shirt. There’s no more patience left for myself. I’ve given it all away...
I make the same mistake on a lift, time after time, and contempt rears it’s ugly head. I’m a real charmer to the poor souls standing around me, just trying to get their own workouts in.
“It’s like my entire life is one big evaluation sheet,” I lament out loud. And I’m failing miserably, I add to myself.
I'm ripe for slamming, face first, right into the wall of misery. Exhausted. Over-producing. Relationally stretched. And yet, I expect myself to perform perfectly, as if it was just another, happy-go-lucky day at the gym.
Ever been there?
Long, winding hikes, surfing, a run on the treadmill, or other types of exercise might appeal to you more than lifting heavy weight. Or maybe the thought of breaking a sweat sounds as appealing as kale-flavored ice cream after dinner. No matter. We all have areas in life where our expectations spiral of control.
Have you given all of your patience away to others lately? How so? Like me, you may be ready for a mind-set change - for some much-needed, self-directed compassion. Let’s pray this through it together.
God, I’m sorry that I’ve lost sight of You in all of my striving. The area of my life that I worry about the most is _________________.
I trust that You’re the One who goes before me, who foresees the struggles waiting for me at every turn. Thank You for never leaving me, even when fear and frustration tempts me to _______________________.
I believe that You really are the God who gives peace beyond all understanding, so I'll be thankful for __________________________ this week.
I’m know that Your word never returns void, so I’ll meditate on this scripture every single day: _________________________________.
What are you up against this week? Leave a note below so that we can encourage and pray for one another.
With you and for you,
"God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; He won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.” Deut. 31:8, The Message
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Marriage and Family Therapist. Earns Crossfit participation trophies. Disaster cook, but winning at wife. Tries hard at #momlife. Clutches her faith, not her pearls.
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