November 16, 2011

Do you have a life?


Do you have a life or does life have you?  Consider for a few moments the events that have led you to the life you are living right at this moment.
Are you in the place you long to be or is there another path that you yearn to find? 
Many of us find ourselves in circumstances that have left us feeling overwhelmed and flailing, not knowing that we are turned around, going in the wrong direction.  We know there is a path with our name on it but we are having trouble finding it.
We all want to live with the power of intent – having a focus, a vision.  We want to see our lives unfolding with all the potential that God has given to us.
So what is holding us back?
It could be cobwebs of uncertainty due to recent experiences that have left you being more reactive than proactive.
It could be that God wants to close the gap between where you are now to where you want to be.
It could be that God is changing your ministry/life focus.
This could be the time that God is giving you a “divine nudge” to take specific action in order to hear Him more clearly so we can find the path that He has for us now.
Tools for when you are stuck:
1.     Journalling
Find a quiet place and still your own thoughts and emotions.
Write your questions down as a prayer to God. 
Note scriptures that have really ministered to you, write them out.
Write out your prayers using the scriptures.
Listen – jot down what you feel God may be saying back to you.
Dialogue with Him.
You will be surprise by how much you discover in this process – about God, about yourself.

2.   Vision Board
A vision board is usually a poster board on which you make a collage of pictures, images and words.  A vision board can be a powerful visualization tool in order to become “unstuck”.  (Disclaimer:  I don’t agree with the thought that vision boards activate “the law of attraction” as touted in the new age book, The Secret). 
Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV) says, ” Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” 
A vision board can be useful when:
  • You are not sure what you are feeling
  • You may have been in a period of grief or difficult situations/circumstances
  • You may “kind of” know what God is nudging but not completely sure or clear

5  steps towards making your vision board
  1. Pray:  Ask God to provide you with inspiration that will guide you into his perfect will for your life.
  2. Take photographs: Of things that interest you and make you smile
  3. Find pictures:  Images on-line or in magazines of things that inspire you and that represent visions and/or goals that you are sensing.
  4. Be grounded:  Search the Bible for scriptures which speak to your heart.
  5. Be creative:  Use the poster board as a canvas and begin gluing, taping or stapling your pictures and scriptures onto the board.  Sort them into categories or priorities.  You may want to date them and even move them around over time.

2 comments:

Desiray said...

I use to wonder that same question because people will be in other people business and be caught up in their lives that I wonder if they had a life of their own. It's one thing to be concern about people but its another to be caught up in their lives...I love my life and I live it the fullest as I know how

Maria Egilsson said...

Desiray, God has gifted you in wisdom. He wants us to live out loud - for Him. Thank you for commenting, your thoughts are always welcomed.