Getting Rid of Baggage.…

Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina—Loved this beautiful place!

     In Monday’s post I declared a truth I believe with all my heart: Jesus still calms storms.

     Having said that, I’d also like to say I believe we have a very real enemy of the soul whose purpose is to feed us all kinds of untruths that keep us stuck in the storm. The enemy is the instigator of pure evil but also uses more subtle tactics to keep people who sincerely desire to do what is good and God honoring from living peacefully, joyfully, and freely.

     For that to happen, we may need to get rid of some baggage weighing down our boat. What baggage might we need to discard? Here, listed in alphabetical order (I don’t want one to seem more significant than another) are some possibilities:

  • Abuse, past and/or present
  • Addictions – all sorts
  • Anger
  • Comparison
  • Complaining
  • Condemnation
  • Discounting my own needs/desires
  • Envy
  • Excesses & Excuses of all sorts
  • Fear
  • Gossip
  • Greed
  • Guilt
  • Harshness
  • Hatred
  • Irritability
  • Insecurity
  • Intolerance
  • Judgmental spirit
  • Labeling/Name-calling
  • Neglect
  • Pride
  • Religious dogma
  • Resentment
  • Revenge
  • Shame
  • Stinginess
  • Stubbornness
  • Thanklessness
  • Unwanted or Unbeneficial yearnings
  • Unforgiveness
  • Unresolved loss and grief
  • Unwillingness to explore my own bondage(s)

     If this thought resonates, check any you know apply to you. Then,

  • Trusting to the best of your understanding that God loves you and wants the best for you, bring your checklist to God.
  • In silence—if you can—sit with God concerning these matters.
    • Listen with your heart to what the Spirit is saying.
    • Read Hebrews 12:1 & 2 slowly and prayerfully.
    • Consider emotions—even negative ones—that come to light as gifts from God allowing you a window into your soul.
  • When needed, ask for and accept forgiveness.
  • Ask for greater awareness and divine grace that enables you to change directions.
  • Give thanks.

Prayer:

Loving God:
As my reader friends and I sit with you about excess baggage we’re carrying
Please meet us in that secret place of honesty and vulnerability.
Help us absorb the truth of your unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
Enable us to live our days experiencing greater measures of peace, joy, and freedom.
Amen

May whatever storm you are experiencing be calmed…

Sue Reeve

 

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