What Happens When We Apply Pressure?

Good Afternoon my brother’s and sister’s in Christ. I pray you’ve spent your time living intentionally and with purpose. We are a few days post my usual Self-Care Sunday blog. Seems I’ve been transitioning out of the routine of posting every Sunday. Needless to say, behind the scenes of blogging I’ve had my hand in a few other projects. My last post talked about the foundations of a Christian Holistic Lifestyle. To sum it up it’s the decision one makes to live whole in all aspects of life. Spiritually, Mentally, Emotionally, and Physically. I provided some ideas useful for promoting more activity in those 4 areas daily. I pray they helped all of you who are interested in shifting the way you’ve chosen to live.

This past week I found myself feeling off balanced. In the past when this feeling would come over me I would resort to things or activities to make myself “feel better.” Fast forward to the present day I’m more interested in acknowledging an unsteady emotion while discovering the trigger behind it. This week I couldn’t figure out the trigger immediately. What caused me to be in a state of “Blah?” One thing I know is we can be so close to a situation we can’t see what’s in front of us. I spoke to my Spiritual Mentor and she brought clarity to my clouded emotion. With her wisdom, we were able to pinpoint a trigger of mine. Goals! Expectations! Time!

Have you ever heard the phrase, “I’m my worse critic?” Truly, this is something God is healing me from daily. I no longer bash myself verbally like I once did. However, the pressure I place on myself to produce in a certain time frame doesn’t always align with God’s timing. The pressure was my adversary in the unbalanced emotional state I felt earlier this week. I realized even though I’m growing I can’t speed up the process of my growth. With all my goals and visions there is a time and season for them to fully bloom. The Bible depicts this concept as seed, time, and harvest. I believe most of us throw the towel in right when the “time” portion exceeds what we had in mind.

This was it! I subconsciously started to feel defeat, because I realized the journey ahead of me wasn’t instantaneous. I understood in order for me to operate in the fullness of who God created me to be would take more TIME. We spend so much of our life living how we want then expect God to expedite our journey to our purpose. Reflecting, I’m not sure I really conceptualized what it would take to undo all the layers of who I chose to be before I gave myself to Christ. With each growth spurt, I experienced an additional discovery of hidden triggers. Who I was all those years produced layers of chaos and as they are exposed God is correcting each layer.

I had a dream a few nights ago. My local Pastor spoke to me saying,” You are in a state of Corrective Chaos.” When I opened my eyes I looked up the definition of both words. I had this revelation: Corrective Chaos is the state in which God corrects or counteracts complete disorder and confusion. The Holy Spirit calmed my uneasiness immediately. Jesus is correcting EVERY chaotic thing associated with me and my history. This is why I couldn’t speed up the process. He was undoing what I had done while allowing me to grow in my newness. My instruction during this time was to endure the process, have compassion for who I was, and fall in love with who I’m becoming. Thank you, Jesus.

Perhaps you’re on your journey to purpose and find yourself applying pressure where it isn’t needed. Maybe you’re growing weary in your well-doing. If so, I want to encourage you. I want you to stop applying pressure in the places God is correcting. One thing I know about working under pressure is you’ll never produce optimally. If you operate in a state of pressure you lose the clarity, and wisdom needed for the task. It’s time to stop pressuring yourself to produce a harvest out of season. It will NEVER happen. So take a deep breath. Listen to what God is telling you. Most importantly, endure the process, have compassion for who you were, and fall in love with who you’re becoming. Blessings!

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9

What Is A Christian Holistic Lifestyle?

Great Morning my brother’s and sister’s in Christ. I pray you’ve spent your time living intentionally and with purpose. I missed last week’s Self-Care Sunday post but I’m back. Better than before! Over the last year or so my life has transformed drastically. One area of change has been my understanding of self-care in relation to mind, body, spirit, emotion. I’ve been drawn for a while now to live a Holistic Lifestyle. As I began doing the research I felt it necessary to establish any information I share with you in regard to living a Holistic Lifestyle will come from a Christian point of view. Disclaimer: I meditate and do yoga which has been tied to demonic practices in some instances. This is certainly not that. I won’t be drawing energy from crystals or praying to Mother Earth. When I meditate it’s a time for me to be present, here from the Holy Spirit, and show gratitude to God. Know everything I do is to glorify Jesus Christ. With that being said, I pray my Christian Holistic Lifestyle Journey will inspire you all.


“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34

So let’s dive into it. What is a Christian Holistic Lifestyle? Living a Christian Holistic Lifestyle means you’ve made a choice to take responsibility for your own well-being and everyday decisions which affect your health. By creating balance in your life in efforts to achieve the highest level of well-being for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health while drawing directly from the Lord.

More often than not we tend to neglect something in our lives. Some of you may be at an optimal level in your physical health but lack the same growth in your spiritual health. You may have a great understanding of your emotional health, but lack the physical discipline to be in shape. A Christian Holistic Lifestyle is focused on you balancing all areas of your life at the same time with the same amount of energy, consistency, determination, and drive. If we’re ever going to reach optimal health we can’t afford for any areas to be neglected in our well-being. Essentially, it’s knowing our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health all work interchangeably in order for us to be the best version of ourselves. Nothing left behind. All needed to add balance to our lives.

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2

The base of starting a Christian Holistic Lifestyle is creating a Personal Well-Being Plan. Your personal well-being plan consists of goals to develop and grow the four areas of your overall well-being. Those areas being your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Create an outline and place at least five goals in each area. Once you completed the list of goals carve out 2 hours of your day to complete one goal in each area daily for 30 mins. So you have 4 areas with a range of goals in each area. Choose 1 goal for the day in EACH area and spend 30 mins DAILY on EACH goal. Doing so creates balance in your overall health and ensures all areas of your well-being are closely attended to.

“Put your outdoor work in order
    and get your fields ready;
   after that, build your house.” Proverbs 24:27

To give you a jump start on your Personal Well-Being Plan I’ve included examples of goals for the 4 areas of health. Feel free to add some of them to you own plan.

Spiritual

Spiritual

~ Bible Study

~ Prayer

~ Meditation (Attitude of Gratitude)

~ Fellowship with others about God.

~ Seek counsel from your Spiritual Mentor.

Physical

Note: What you eat and getting enough sleep are also a part of your physical health.

~ Walk

~ Do a workout video at home

~ Join a class at your local gym

~ Meal Prep – Eat whole foods rich in nutrients, fiber, and protein.

~ Get enough sleep

Mental

~ Meditation (Taking 30 mins a day to meditate on who God says you are, what your day will look like, and reciting affirmations aids in positive mental health)

~ Seek mentorship or counsel

~ Surround yourself with positive people.

~ Be present (disconnect from social media, work, relationship)

~ Acknowledge your thoughts then decide if you want to be a participant in the feeling (See BLOG here to learn how to acknowledge your feelings without allowing them to run rampant in your life)

Emotional

~ Think before you act (Something I do when I’m emotional is count to 10 before I respond)

~ Write down how you’re feeling instead of acting on the feeling.

~ Read the bible and see if what you’re feeling is a fruit of the spirit of the flesh.

~ Allow yourself the room to be compassionate for you.

~ Don’t allow people or things to negatively decide or alter how you feel.

All in all, God wants us to activate every seed He’s planted on the inside of us. The best version of you already exists and is patiently waiting for you to ignite the fuse to becoming a better you. I say it all the time. Before you can be anything to anyone you have to be everything to yourself. God doesn’t want us to only be focused on growing in Him. We are to also be good stewards over our overall health. How can we ask God to heal our bodies then eat foods causing diseases which can kill us? It makes no sense. We have to be active participants in our wellness journey.

Today, I challenge you to choose LIFE. I challenge you to make a decision to live a Christian Holistic Lifestyle. One which will lead you into becoming the best version of yourself. Remember, our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health is a reflection of the life we chose. You decide the type of life you want to live. Blessings.