Another month. Another focus. One word, one year. My one word is be. I have taken that one word and focused every month on a way to be, a way to live.
This month my focus is be fighting.
I began writing this post last week. I was going to have it ready to hit publish yesterday, but I didn't finish. I had planned for September's focus to be, be rooted, but God had other plans.
When I was writing the post last week, the words coming out were originating from an emotional place. What I was feeling and thinking could only be managed by being rooted in Christ, so much of the last few years of my life have been this way. I know that anything I will go through in the future can only be managed by being rooted in Christ. That is how I came up with the focus be rooted.
Here is how I started that post:
How do you live life when everything feels unsettled? When things seem all up in the air or even shattered on the ground? How do you live life when prayers go unanswered? When your heart breaks??
This. Life. Is. Hard!!!
I am not going to go into details about what is hard in my life, because there is so much to it and we would be here for hours...and there is counseling for that, and yes I am in it. My hard actually started at my last knee surgery in December of 2013 and has continued from there.....one thing after another, but since May it has escalated.
As I have gone through some of this hard stuff and continue to attempt to get through it I have seen a few things.
1.) All too often we compare ourselves with others and attempt to one up each other. Women do it with one another. Husbands and wives. Parents and children. Constantly trying to out do who had a harder day, who had to serve more, who had to give more, who was stretched the most, who is going through the most. Maybe instead of attempting to one up each other, we should really stop, listen, pray, and encourage.
2.) Dori in Finding Nemo had it right....just keep swimming.
3.) As you walk through the hard, you have to be rooted.
Today as I read back over these words I still think them, but now that my emotions have settled I know that I am rooted, not that I shouldn't ever dig deeper, but I know I am rooted. I know that because I am rooted, I can see God's hand in some of this hard stuff!! My ground has been shaken, if I am honest even my faith. Maybe yours has been shaken as well?? Just
because my ground has been shaken and even my faith does not mean I am not rooted. Just because your ground has been shaken does not mean your not rooted.
My husband and I saw the movie War Room over the weekend, it was all about fighting.
Fighting through prayer. To help me dig deeper, get water to my roots, and settle my shaky ground I need to focus on fighting.
Fighting in prayer for my family. Fighting in prayer for my marriage. Fighting in prayer for my children. Fighting in prayer for my health. Fighting in prayer for my weight loss journey. Fighting in prayer for my neighbors and friends. Fighting in prayer for the things that shake my ground. Fighting in prayer for others.
I have posted some about prayer in the past, I considered myself prayerful, however this movie changed all that. This movie challenged me to up my battle plan. Life is challenging. Life is hard. I want to be fighting.
Will you join me?? If I can fight for you let me know!