Back to Reality

Last week we experienced a wonderful blessing. We joined my family on a Carnival Cruise for seven days. It was a great, new experience! We visited Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

The timing was perfect. We have so much weighing us down in our life right now. Truthfully, we’ve had so much weighing us down for years and it seems to just get heavier and heavier and I can’t help but wonder if it will ever lighten.

We moved all the way to Alabama and I thought it was going to get better, but it hasn’t. It’s actually much worse.

I confess it makes me cry a lot. And my heart aches deeply.

So, the idea of seven entire days to escape it all overwhelmed me with excitement. No internet access meant no emails and no texts or phone calls. A blissful escape from reality.

The first several days were perfect, I forgot it all. But as we neared the end of the trip anxiety began to creep back in. Reality, waiting just around the corner began to threaten what was left of our great escape.

And as we exited the ship yesterday, there life sat ready to takes us back to what we left behind.

It was only a few hours into our seven hour drive home and we were fully engaged… back to reality.

I’m reading Lysa TerKeurst’s new book,Unglued and in chapter two she discusses “changing our thought pattern.” When things go wrong for so long we can easily get buried under very negative thought patterns. I’m definitely there.

But, she quotes 2 Corinthians 10:5…

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

And I love what she says about it…

“I can’t control the things that happen to me each day, but I can control how I think about them. I can say to myself, I have a choice to have destructive thoughts or constructive thoughts right now. I can wallow in what’s wrong and make things worse, or I can ask God for a better perspective to help me see good even when I don’t feel good. Indeed when we gain new perspectives, we can see new ways of thinking. I can face things that are out of my control and not act out of control.”

She goes on to discuss that just repeating these truths will not change anything… I have to believe it. I have to believe that God is working out something good in this mess that seems no good. I have to trust Him.

So, back to reality. But I’m trying to gain a new perspective, trying to wrestle each thought to the ground and hold it completely captive to Christ.

And I pray, God, for more faith, to believe in You and trust in You better than ever before.  

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Counting my many blessings…

spending time with family I haven’t seen in years

kids going Snuba diving with daddy

kids getting to spend time with their nana and papa

kids playing all week with their cousins

spending time with my mom

enjoying my sister and her precious family

a cabin with an ocean view

the patch… thank you God for the patch

time at the beach

lots of great food

swimming with stingrays

holding sea turtles

perfect weather

towel animals and chocolates every night

escaping reality…

and getting back to it… with a God who has it all under control

*Linking up with Eileen for Into the Beautiful

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5 Responses

09.17.12

This is beautiful, Heidi. So glad you were able to get away. I need to read Lysa’s new book. Her words are always encouraging and inspiring. Praying that God will give you His peace through this season in your life. Thanks for linking up.
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09.17.12

Beautiful encouragement and list. I felt the same way when we got home from vacation. Back to reality, but time to try a new way of looking at things.
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09.17.12

Ughhh…reality can be SO ugly. Sometimes it’s just hard. Unpleasant. Exhausting to say the least. We try to find peace, just a moment for ourselves. Unfortunately, we usually have to press on. Thankful you found a small piece of rest…praying you find your burden lifted.

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09.17.12

Yall look great in the picture! So glad to see YOU! What an amazing time! I think when we get back from vacation and feel the weight of reality on our sunburnt shouders, it’s even more important to tap into the power of the Spirit. The same Spirit that helps us produce that much needed fruit…more specifically the fruit of peace. The peace only the Spirit gives us when all else feels like its not working out. The peace that overcomes all circumstances. Sometimes I need reminding of that when I feel un-peaceful!:) Love you

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09.17.12

Heidi! I miss you! I LOVE when you say, “But I’m trying to gain a new perspective, trying to wrestle each thought to the ground and hold it completely captive to Christ.” I love the image of wrestling with our thoughts–Joyce Myers has a book called Battlefield Of The Mind and I think Satan loves to try and corrupt our thought life! We have to be on guard! Love you

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