Okay – we’ll dig deeper into these types – especially at the level of Exploders and Stuffers.
Now dealing with any of these four reactions, intertwined with our personalities and relationships is very complicated.
There is no quick fix or easy formula. Just last night we found water in our basement… and my unglued feelings came out on Don. It wasn’t his fault and because I want to get out of the money pit – I said things I shouldn’t have. I was defiantly the exploder last night. I was not blaming him, but myself.
We have to think of the different people in our lives and the kind of reactions we have toward them.
Let’s allow God to show us everything that He wants to show us in this moment.
Let’s spend time doing a inner inspection. Then we’ll be ready to move on and dig a little deeper to unpack more fully all four of the reactions.
Prayer: God, thank You for Your endless supply of grace for me. Your gentle chiseling gives me hope that I really can make progress.
Today, I ask Your for courage to stay on this journey and to continue taking next steps. Some of the next steps I sense You may be inviting me to take are…
I need Your help to follow through because ….
I entrust myself and my imperfect progress to You. Please give me the desire and the power to do what pleases You each day. And keep chiseling me! Amen!
Observation – Take the chart I sent you and observed yourself for 24 hours. Especially on the weekend and maybe even a week day. I think if you are like me you act differently on the weekends then on weekdays. Especially if you have a stressful job.
The Bible uses several images that describe the process of growth and change. Read these verses
2 Corinthians 3:18b
Do these passages reveal anything about process of change?
How might these passages encourage you in connection with the changes you want to experience with your unglued emotions?
Lord, thank you for releasing me from the weight of the past and for giving me hope that things really can be different.
Today, I especially need hope for….. (fill in blank)
Thank you for the promise that You have begun a good work in me, and that You won’t stop until You complete it. That gives me hope! Amen.
Reflect on this story today: (link – http://www.jainworld.com/literature/story25.htm )
When it comes to the unglued “elephants” in our life, how do you relate or not relate to the blind men? Do you think you do not have any blind spots? Do you generally resist or engage the challenge other prospectives post to your own? Think about your thoughts or emotions and consider how this level of attachment to your perspective might lead you to the wrong conclusions.
God invites us to choose grace rather than self-condemnation or anything else — as a starting point for growth and change.
Read the Gospel story in John 8:1-11.
What does Jesus say to the women?
Does he extend commandments or does he extend grace and then invites the women to build a whole new life on that foundation. She doesn’t change in order to receive Jesus’ approval, she changes as a response to His love. Take a moment to think about the change you want to experience, especially in connection with your raw emotions and reactions.
What intrigues you, or concerns you about approaching these changes as a response to God’s love.
Tomorrow we’ll spend time talking about setting goals and remember our goal should not be perfect, that’s not realistic. Our goal is to make progress – imperfect progress.
Christian Meditation: Is it Christian to Meditate?
Christian meditation is rooted in the Bible. In fact, the Bible commands us to meditate. In Joshua 1:8,God says to meditate on His word day and night so we will obey it. The psalmist says “his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2). Actually, the Bible mentions meditate or meditation 20 times.
In the Old Testament there are two primary Hebrew words for meditation: Haga, which means to utter, groan, meditate, or ponder; and Sihach, which means to muse, rehearse in one’s mind, or contemplate. These words can also be translated as dwell, diligently consider, and heed.
Christian Meditation: A History
One form of Christian meditation that has been used by believers since at least the fourth century AD is the lectio divina. It has been traditionally used in monastic religious orders and is enjoying a resurgence today. Lectio divina means “sacred reading” and has four stages: lectio (reading),meditatio (discursive meditation), oratio (affective prayer), and contemplatio (contemplation). In thelectio (reading) stage, one finds a passage and reads it deliberately. The next stage, meditatio(discursive meditation), is where one ponders the text. In the oratio (effective prayer) stage, one talks to God about the reading, asking Him to reveal the truth. In the final, contemplatio(contemplation) stage, one simply rests in the Lord’s presence.
Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
This is what we sing songs too. The walls came trumbling down…..
We have to go back to Joshua 5:13 – As Joshua nears Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
Then God’s response in Joshua 5:14a – “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”
He then is told to take his sandals off – because he is in a Holy place. Then we go back to Chapter 6.
The True Question is – are we on God’s side? Joshua settled that question and it gave him courage to face the impossible wall of Jericho. We have to settle the same question – are we going to be on God’s side or not?
Today is Day One of our Bible Series – “Unglued” – Lysa Terkeurst.