Don’t Over Analyze Yourself

A good reminder for me as I seek to transition healthily into my sabbatical…
It’s all about my focus…

“Know yourself” is good advice. But to know ourselves doesn’t mean to analyze ourselves. Sometimes we want to know ourselves as if we were machines that could be taken apart and put back together at will. At certain critical times in our lives it might be helpful to explore in some detail the events that led us to our crises, but we make a mistake when we think that we can ever completely understand ourselves and explain the full meaning of our lives to others.

Solitude, silence, and prayer are often the best ways to self-knowledge. Not because they offer solutions for the complexity of our lives but because they bring us in touch with our sacred center, where God dwells. That sacred center may not be analyzed. It is the place of adoration, thanksgiving, and praise.

– Henri Nouwen, from “Bread for the Journey”

A good thought…
Solitude, silence, and prayer…
Don’t over analyze yourself, but rather…
Abide with Him…
Adoration, thanksgiving, and praise…!!

“Less of me, more of you Jesus!”

Yes, there’s great benefit for receiving counseling in helping us learn life skills, healthy thinking patterns, etc… and even more so when it is Spirit-led, but when our focus is solely on ourselves and never on the Source of our Life, we lose our footing, our firm foundation, our sacred center…

James 4:8a NIV
“Come near to God and he will come near to you.”

Praising God in The Midst of Trials

“Every time we experience a trial, the world watches to see the substance of our faith – watches to see if we maintain our love and devotion; watches to see if God will see us through this difficult time. There may often be no better way to minister to others than to simply praise God in the middle of our own trials – no better way to show that God is real than by making Him real in our own life.” – Steve Troxel

Prayer for Faith and Trust for 2012

A friend posted this as her prayer for 2012, perhaps some of you can benefit from it too…

“Father, I come to You by faith, laying every fear and worry at Your feet. I am not sure what this year holds for me but I do know You are with me every step of the way. When I am tempted to worry, please remind me to trust You. When fear attacks, I want to choose to pray instead of panic, knowing that You are my Lord and my Shepherd. I praise You for Your faithfulness in my life, even when I don’t understand life’s circumstances and can’t see the next step. I praise You, Lord.”