“What is one thing you would like to change about yourself?”
I offered this question to a group of women seated in a circle ready to begin a study of the book, Changes that Heal. Each woman offered a ready answer:
- I wish I knew how to “let it go.”
- I want to be less judgmental and more patient.
- I want to live in the moment and enjoy my children at each of their stages.
- Relationships are so hard for me, I want to do them better.
- I want to let others own their own stuff and not think their problems are mine to solve.
- I want to be more mentally organized.
We all want to change in some way.
Today I wrote in my journal about this very thing. I penned thoughts and frustrations that are not fresh, but consistent with a mind-set of inadequacy. They were very recognizable prim little princesses, smug and well established in my brain and self-talk patterns.
I wrote, “A mental mantra that repeats itself often is…I can’t figure this out.”
Fixed on the thought that I cannot make the changes I desire, makes me feel overwhelmed, full of the wandering helplessness of a lost puppy. Sometimes barking out and asking for help offers direction. Other times paying attention to our instincts and to God’s heartbeat within our own leads us forward.
This morning in Jesus Calling I read: “Trust me in every detail of your life.”
Psalm 32:8 reminds me, “I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
I say, “I have everything I need to live the life I desire and make the changes that need to be made.”
CHANGES that HEAL begin with the examined life. Our dear Counselor-Within assists in identifying the lies that have become persistent pursuers and where changes are needed. We can move forward with confidence that God is with us. We have what it takes and changes leading to incredible healing can indeed take place.
What about you? Are there changes that you long for?