Be Renewed!

Be Renewed!

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I was wondering if you would pray for me? I have been so exhausted, depleted, and overwhelmed with life in general and trying really hard not to get discouraged. I have always been so impressed and admired your joy and your walk with the Lord. I know you have sooo much on your plate, but if you get a second, I sure would appreciate any prayers you could send my way! Thank so much, and know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers too.

I typed the words in desperation. They might be better translated: Help me pleeeeeease! I want what you have!

And my dear, sweet friend responded with an ocean of grace and on-the-spot prayer. This is what I remember most:

I find that I need to constantly be renewing my mind daily or I get crushed down.

Renewing my mind. Daily.

To my shame, I realized that I was living as though I “had it all figured out”.

I could have aced a test on all things God.

But applying it? Living it? Surrendering it?

That is completely different.

‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.

–Isaiah 55:8

Even between striving to live a good, virtuous life and listening to the guiding whisper of His still, small voice…there is a difference.

In my own power, simply trying to do the right thing, I default into being the “good Christian”.

But what does He want from me, for me today? Right now. This minute.

What specific words does He want leading me today? Right now. This minute.

Heart Verse

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

–Romans 12:2

Transformed! I could use a little of that. Renewing my mind with Truth transforms.

Instead of condemning myself, judging myself a failure as a good Christian mother, I might recall:

‘…you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.’
–Isaiah 43:4

and

The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

–Zephaniah 3:17

I might reflect on His mercy. Unconditional love. Grace.

Keeping my eyes and heart on Him helps to release my own selfish desires and feeble plans.

When I seek His plan and His focus? That’s where the good stuff is.

I ask Him to show me what that focus is. Be it the written word or a spoken one, I ask Him to cross my path with the words, people or situations He wants to fill my mind.

I believe He plants desires and attractions toward certain topics within me, and I let that guide me to resources for renewal.

So deep and beautiful is the Word, His nature, His Church…there is no loss of ideas or resources for renewal.

And I realize: this process of renewal? It’s not about achieving or doing things the right way. It’s not for acquiring knowledge.

It’s about growing in communion with Him.

That communion is my focus. The grace issuing from that washes away my preoccupation with my stresses…anxieties…discouragement.

Heart Questions

  1. What causes you the most stress and discouragement?
  2. What spiritual reading are you drawn toward?
  3. Do have favorite scripture verses?

Heart Challenge

Spend some time in prayer asking for direction. Ask for the resources He would have you feast on in order to draw you nearer to Himself. Pick one to read from daily–even if it is just one verse or paragraph.

Heart Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for Your incomprehensible love for each one of us. Thank You for creating us to be in communion with You. We know that we can always know You more deeply. Reveal to each of your children reading how You will that to be accomplished. You know well how we need You, need to be refreshed by Your Truth. Continue to call us back to You, to focus on You. Not on perfection, but on communion. I ask this in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus. Amen.

Shalom!

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What do you think about this idea of communion? Are you stuck in a rut of discouragement? Let’s chat!

Comments

  1. Mandy: I find that even though my mind knows, my heart is often in conflict with what I should do and how I feel. When I’m having a rough week or facing a challenging season in life, it can be so hard to find peace and joy, even though I know I have it already because of Him. Yet, communion with Him is going through the hard things and knowing He’s right there with you taking care of the details. Easy to say when things are good, harder still when they aren’t. You are asking good questions! Thank you for that!

    Christy
    A Heartening Life – http://www.ahearteninglife.com
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    • Christy, yes! Embracing in the heart what your mind knows can be so hard. I have found it to be only God’s grace that makes that happen. A friend once told me directly, though with much love, that I needed to “take every thought captive”. It’s hard work, and I often rebel against having to do it. But, when I cooperate with His grace to do it, and meditate (and in some cases cling) to His promises, that helps bring peace. Also, actively working toward knowing God better..who He is, what He promises, how He feels about me, that has brought so much peace and security. Blessings, Christy! You are an amazing woman!

  2. Oh my, that is just what I needed today! Thank you for being His vessel for me today. I’ve had some of that ugly going on in my heart these last few days and this was just what I needed to remind me of what needs to happen! Renew my mind…get my affections back where they belong!
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    • Oh, what a wonderful thing to write! Thank you, Lani. I am so thrilled that you were blessed. And humbled. Prayers that He renews your spirit!

  3. Ruth Chidley says:

    I so needed to read this today. I’ve felt weary. It seems several friends and relatives have been looking to me for words of wisdom and counsel. They know I have a heart for people and want to be available for prayer in any need they may have. I feel blessed to have what I call a prayer and listening ear ministry but there are times I feel so drained…especially the last few weeks. I know it comes mostly by my own physical limitation due to health or lack of it (I’m disabled…long story) but I realized, by reading your words today, that I’ve allowed myself to be drained of God’s word which breathes in new life and energy when I’m faithful in my devotional time with Him. Thank you, Mandy for sharing your words of wisdom and challenge for me today. God bless you!

    I’m faithful to it and him.

    • Ruth, I pray that He fills you to overflowing! Yes, it is wonderful to pour into others, but those draining times are all too real. May He indeed breathe new life and energy into you! Thank you for sharing here. Blessings:)

  4. Ruth Chidley says:

    I’m sorry…I had a glitch in my posting and words were disappearing then reappearing and disappearing again, so please disregard the last line on my post above : )

  5. Mandy, so beautiful and insightful, encouraging!!! I also needed this reminder as I have been riding on fumes!! I’ve been going to the Word but just for snacks, I need the meat!! Life stress plus being hit back to back with nasty colds has me tired, frustrated and feeling so drained! I’m just so hungry for Gods mighty touch! I’m going back to His Word and waiting for what I need today!! Thanks sweet friend for the reminder:)

    • Feast, sister, feast! May He fill you to overflowing and energize with His love and Truth! Thanks for sharing here, Katie. Love you!

  6. Wow! How timely, my friend! Stress has been haunting me, accompanied by discouragement. Thank you for these words and their power!
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    • Thank you, Stefanie! May the truth of the Lord’s incomprehensible love for you, of His faithfulness and goodness, banish those awful lies that bring stress and discouragement! You’re an incredible blessing!

  7. :0) I had read this in my mailbox and just now via Lani’s post. You are such an encourager! I was moved when i first read it and now again today! The reminder that *I* am loved…me? Just little, insignificant me? Yeah…He loves me and to walk with that would be enough BUT then He gives us His word and so I have written reminders of just what I need to hear and when!
    This question:

    “What spiritual reading are you drawn toward?”

    WOW! Such a tiny question but really a revelation! I am drawn to words that describe my heavenly Father! Words that remind me I am loved and that there is nothing I can DO about that! Simple fact: I am loved! No matter what i may *do* or NOT do for that matter…I am loved.
    Yes! This was awesome to read indeed!!! (((((HUGS))))) from you out there friend! So blessed….
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    • Oh, yes, Donna…He is wild about you!!! And there is nothin’ you can do to change that;) you are such a blessing! Have you read Holley Gerth’s You’re Already Amazing? I think it’s right up your alley. Thanks for sharing here, Donna. Blessings to you!

  8. You are such an encourager…spell check is telling me that’s not a word, but you prove it wrong ;)

    It’s no accident communion and communication start the same. And God’s been showing me how I need to integrate both of them into my everyday. Because it can always be my one constant thing each day. No matter what comes my way, I can still commune with Him…
    I’m rambling. ;)

    Hugs to you!
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