We have reached the third step in our four-part series of Falling Back! I must apologize for this article being late (and do a little God-bragging here for just a second). I have been out of town for an extended period of time and attended the YouLead Training conference for ministry leaders, and the Living Proof Live conference of Beth Moore’s. Everyone, when I tell you that God MOVED in those places this last week, I mean He MOVED! It was beautiful, powerful and transformational. The theme was draped around a harvest (seeing as how we are in wine country out here where I live) and how we can be pressed but not crushed, and in that pressing is where we best see God’s grace and glory abound. He is with us through it all, but it is a refining process and is necessary in order to prepare us to reap the most bountiful harvest and fruit! Okay, I am done now—it was just a lovely, lovely time! If you have never been to a Beth Moore conference, I would HIGHLY recommend it! This was year #5 for me! Okay, now onto our article as we learn about “Falling Back Into Recovering Yourself”!
Recovery can have different meanings, in this instance however, we mean it as another way to say “rediscover”. But in many ways it can feel like recovering … recovering from emptiness, recovering from busyness, recovering from being lost or recovering from not-enough syndrome. I don’t know about you, but I have been a victim of every single one of these at one time or another. Maybe you have, too. It is not a fun place to be, and not a place God intends for us to wallow in. He wants us to know ourselves and to love ourselves. To truly do this, we need to know and love God. Many of you might be saying, well of course, I do! But really, do we? To love and know God is to see ourselves through his eyes. If we are engaging in hateful self-talk, running ourselves to the point of exhaustion or feeling completely alone and worthless then we are NOT paying attention to what God says about us. God says we are enough. God says He loves us fiercely. God says He CHOSE US! Isn’t this how we should treat our own bodies and minds if He thinks we are that precious?
So what does it look like to “recover ourselves”? Let’s explore that! Recovering ourselves is a necessary process to breathing life and renewal back into ourselves. We spend our days giving and doing and going—we often forget WHO we are in the midst of it and how we need to take care of ourselves. So in recovering ourselves, we need to get back our sense of self. Not our titles or WHAT we do (mother, wife, teacher, nurse, homemaker, etc) but actually WHO we are (loved, worthy, joyful, precious, etc). What makes us “us”? What is our purpose, passion and calling? Some ways to pour into yourself are:
- Remember what you love to do, and go do it!
- Step out of your comfort zone to do something for or spend time with someone who needs it.
- Be still and listen for God to give yourself peace and calm and hear His direction.
- Take a day to just walk, read or do something without an itinerary or time schedule – just enjoy!
The most important way to try to anchor ourselves into learning how to recover ourselves is by diving into Scripture—rooting ourselves in God’s Word and His design for us to live joyfully, abundantly and free of worry and stress. After all, HE created us, HE knows every itty bitty detail about our hearts and minds and HE loves us and sees us as beautiful so much more than anyone else in this world ever could. I hope these Scriptures will give you some solid footing in how to trust in God and run to Jesus with all of your cares and concerns, so that he can carry the load and pour into you so that you may recover your true self and design.
“If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.” (Matthew 10:39 MSG)
“People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out.” (Luke 12:30-31 MSG)
“Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you.” (1 Peter: 18-19 MSG)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 HCSB)
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV)
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” (1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV)
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” (Psalm 28:7 ESV)
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.” (John 15:5-6 MSG)