Day 14: Finding Hope in Unmet Expectations – Try

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How can we remain present with the Holy Spirit when we’re pulled in so many directions?

It takes an effort to be fully present.

Work, school, kids in school, no kids but tons of projects, balancing home life, writing life, and then prayer and one on one time with God. It can all seem like a running checklist which we can never get through.

I remember being in so many bible studies I began to collect studies just to see myself write out words of affirmation. I needed these words but I started to idolize studying. I tried too hard to consume as much bible study as possible so that when I ran in Christian circles, I could join the conversation.

I tried too hard to fit in. I felt that by rolling with these Christian circles made me privy to being present with the Holy Spirit. Maybe it was more of a sorority mentality, which I could never fit into.

When I started to tell my story and live it out, I saw that the Christian circles started to die out. Yet, something quite incredible happened. I started to make lasting and meaningful friendships/sisterhoods because we were doing life together. Where two or more gather…

In the beginning the Holy Spirit soared above the earth. Can you imagine one of three of the Most High navigating the earth and fully present?

I want to navigate this earth fully present. Lots of things distract from this, good and bad. I’m going to be more intentional. I will be present – fully present – where I need to be.

Here are three ways I’m going to be fully present in the spirit. Join me?

Take a full days rest (or two days) from social media.

Why does this one seem the hardest? At least, for me, it’s a struggle. If I have two days off from work, why am I not also practicing that in my writing/social life? Posting events late, if at all, won’t hurt anyone!

Sleep with my phone in a different room.

I sleep with my phone. Right next to me. I wake up for a few short minutes and grab my phone. I wake up at 4 a.m. to write and grab my phone. I hear a ping, I grab my phone. If instead of grabbing my phone I filled in those moments with prayer, I would find a lot of peace in my day.

Set aside a morning time frame for prayer instead of writing.

I hit the ground running when I wake up. I want to devour every word, every text, every “good and well-intentioned” thing but I am taking away so much time from the Most High by consuming instead of giving. I will be intentional about giving time instead of consuming it.

How about you, friend? How can you try to be more intentional about being present with the Holy Spirit?

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Friend, this is Day 14 of a series of posts for the month of October. I’m joining Kate Motaung over at Five Minute Friday for the yearly Write 31 Days challenge. My topic is “Finding Hope in Unmet Expectations” because that’s what my book is about as well. On Fridays, I will write you a poem. Each day has a different word prompt. I hope you enjoy.

Today’s word prompt is TRY.

Cover photo credit: Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

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