A heated exchange between two people and suddenly the entire atmosphere changes from casual, calm opportunities for connection to postures of defense ready to shield from further attack, or postures of offense making sure we attack strongest.
We’re seeing a lot of this on Facebook and other social media feeds these days. I presume it’s also all over the TV outlets too, though I don’t have
A threatening word or body posture can be all it takes. The brain fires off signals affecting how our bodies respond and how our minds
Many of us have strong reactions caused by different triggers and for different reasons. It doesn’t have to be a physically
If we want to stop living stuck and
It may not be the person or event we’re reacting to at all. God is often the one our souls fight against when we need him most. Resist the enemy who hates you, not the Maker who loves you.
When God speaks,
Earlier this week, when I felt God tell me to step back from sharing this series on my Facebook profile, I struggled. While I didn’t freak out, I
What God uses or allows in our lives to bring about a life well-lived can be painful and hard. Our natural inclination is to resist the change. We resist what is being cleared away, making room for new growth.
God turns our brokenness into something beautiful.
How dare someone say we are wrong? Yet, when God’s Spirit is convicting our hearts, if we do not
We’re not just resisting God, we’re resisting the
What might it look like to choose spiritual pliability over resistance?
Saying, “Lord, your will
saying, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me.
Nevertheless, notmy will, but yours, be done." ~ Luke 22:42
He taught us to say the same when he modeled prayer upon his disciples request.
be done, on earth as it is in heaven. ~ Matthew 6:10
Our resistance is an outworking of fleshly desires over the desires of God. It keeps us from living
Choosing spiritual pliability over resistance means allowing the master to create beauty from our brokenness. By choosing pliability,
But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. ~ Isaiah 64:8
CULTIVATE: Ask God to show you any hidden areas where you may
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Jolene Underwood is an emotional health warrior, and soul care mentor. She writes from a place of compassion for wounded Christians to encourage and equip them in a life of spiritual growth with emotional health. She draws upon her personal experiences, her psychology background, and a passion for Christian counseling to help others cultivate a life well-lived no matter the circumstance.
Jolene writes regularly at JoleneUnderwood.com. She also leads a community of writers called Rise Up Writers. Her tool, Unleash : Heart and Soul Care Sheets, has helped hundreds experience greater freedom. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her enjoying the journey by laughing with loved ones or adding to her collection of vintage glassware with a 70s flair.