One thing I keep in mind often is that many of my readers are walking through the fire right now of illness, low self esteem, depression, hormone roller coasters, divorce, being laid off from work, and anything else that potentially leaves us feeling like our life is in turmoil.
During the worst time of my life, I had a routine that allowed me to lean into my need for growth and walk through the valley to the other side. Psalm 37 was my prayer guide and meditation. In the evening before I could sleep I would sit in a comfy chair next to a beautiful white orchid, sip some herbal tea and allow the words of Psalm 37 to seep into my soul.
Verses 3 through 9 were part of my life on a daily basis for almost a year. Each verse played a role in allowing me to let go and let God transform my life.
If your life feels like you are drowning right now set aside fifteen or twenty minutes a day to be saturated with Psalm 37.
Set Your Intention to Trust
“Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3
Take a few moments to relax, enjoy some quiet, sip tea and let yourself settle into your meditation and prayer time. Read this verse and decide to rely on God to do good in your life and be open minded to feed on His faithfulness. Reading this verse is calming and seemed to always soothe my anxiety and panic. It makes me think of Jesus suddenly calming the raging seas.
Pour out the Desires of your Heart
“Delight yourself in the LORD, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
This is the time to pour out your heart and tell God everything you desire. For me, I would imagine having a beautiful, cozy home to raise my son, a place where we could walk around in the yard in the evenings with fireflies lighting up the landscape. A safe and serene, healing, inviting environment for us to live in.
You may be desiring a new job, to be healed from depression, to own your own business, a baby, or simply hoping your basic needs will be met. Grow in your relationship with God by being honest about what you truly want. God plants the seeds in us and God wants to bless us in this way! Trust God with your desires.
Delighting yourself in the Lord is easier each day as you grow in a sense of His love for you. Read the Foundation of Everything if you need to deepen in this area. The more gratitude I felt for what Christ has given me, the more of my desires came to fruition.
“Commit your way to the LORD; Trust in Him also and He will do it.” Psalm 37:5
I would be doing you an injustice if I didn’t admit to you that in making some of the biggest decisions of my life I felt absolutely terrified. Seeking guidance and being led by peace is another way to deepen and grow in trust in the Lord.
I like to see the whole picture but God often leads me only one tiny step forward at a time. Pray and promise God you are committed to His path for your life. Do it afraid. God’s plans for us are so much better than we could ever imagine or come up with for ourselves.
Pray that God reveals to you the next small step forward you can take. The next tiny change he wants you to make. Or perhaps you will be lead to take a giant leap. My darling friend God loves you so much. Know that God wants your life to be amazing.
Radiance, Light, and Energy
“He will make your righteousness [your pursuit of right standing with God] like the light, And your judgment like [the shining of] the noonday [sun].” Psalm 37:6
When I began deepening my understanding of being righteous in Christ I felt so much lighter inside. When they are operating and flowing in total grace, women of Christ have a radiance and glow that just cannot be explained. When I worry it chokes off that radiance and it leaves me feeling lackluster, aching, and drained.
Shame can not overtake you when you are standing in your radiance.
Take some moments to meditate on how Christ redeemed you from sin and shame. He set you free to shine. Let that knowledge deep into your soul and make you more beautiful each day from the inside out.
The Many Moments of Waiting
“Be still before the LORD; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him; Do not fret (whine, agonize) because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger and abandon wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evil.” Psalm 37:7-8
Doing nothing is the most challenging thing for someone with my personality to do. As I waited for God to come through in situations I would catch myself trying to step in and quicken the pace, I would be riddled with anxiety, and I would be filled with anger at how other people who didn’t care two cents about pleasing God or knowing Christ were seemingly so much better off. Essentially I would do everything this verse advises us not to do while we wait.
As practical as it sounds, I had to busy myself doing other things. I would cuddle in bed with my son watching a movie and eating popcorn together. Journaling was my greatest tool. At that time, I began a digital journal where I would add photography and hand lettered quotes to the typed pages. All of those hours spend in pure bliss are now the foundation of the Flourish blog. You can also create a private Pinterest board and pin images of your dream life. Many life coaches recommend creating a Dream Board in this way.
The last thing you want to do is enjoy your self at this moment. Demonstrate your trust in God by letting go and letting yourself relax with family or go get a pedicure. God loves to see your trusting in Him and enjoying life abundantly.
Time to Inherit the Land
“For those who do evil will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.” Psalm 37:9
In this verse, you are promised by God you will inherit the land. It is an unshakable promise that you can hold onto.
So many people say that life is hard and then you die. I cringe when people say that because I truly believe in my heart we can see the promises of God come true in our lives. Our families can experience days of heaven on earth. (Deuteronomy 11:21)
This season will pass and you will come out on the other side radiant and with an incredible life transforming testimony you can share with others.
As you wrap up your meditation time visualize yourself in the land you have been promised. Go ahead and release your faith. Thank God for it before you see it in the natural. In God’s eyes you are His beloved child. God is pleased with you and already sees you as a success.
Remember you are not alone. God is with you. I am praying for you and so are all your other fellow blog readers. Let’s pray for each other and empower each other in the name of Jesus who loves us. Amen!