Oh. My. How our words come back to haunt us.
When I was sleeping well, and living this truth fully.
But here’s the real deal in my life. As the release of Breaking Up with Perfect creeps closer, the stress is amping up. I needed this lesson myself today, because once again sleep has been elusive for me.
On one hand, I hate to admit this, and I thought about not telling you. Insomnia has been a life-long reaction to extra stress ever since my 20s, and so far I haven’t been able to completely break the pattern.
But I am breaking up with trying to look perfect, so that starts here where I’m committed to be authentic with you. I want you to feel safe being authentic here, too!
Here’s what I’m learning. Some changes come quickly and easily. Jesus puts His finger on it, we respond, and we’re instantly healed.
Other change, however, is progressive. These are the places that need a deeper, more challenging healing. Could Jesus heal them instantly? Oh, yes!
But as I agonized to my friend Holly—you know the drill, “WHY can’t I get past this?!”—she reminded me of how God uses our weak places to remind us of our need for Him. As my pastor said it,
Just as my devotion today said, I’m learning to turn my cares into prayers. I’m learning to lean into God instead of my own strength.
The lesson isn’t complete.
It’s taking some time to learn.
…but I trust God as He leads me through.
Here’s a tool that I’ve been using to record God’s words to me through scripture as He teaches me.
My friend Tara Furman developed this prayer journal, Growing Stronger Roots, and it’s a jewel. You can order it here, and you can enter to win a free copy by leaving a story of your progressive healing or by simply saying, “I’m turning my cares into prayers!”