“Let it all out!”

The Pour:

For a full description of what The Pour section is, check out Day 1’s post of this series.

We’re going to pour out all the random thoughts that just won’t stop – All the stuff floating around in your head at this moment, “pour it out,” at God’s feet. This could include everything from the grocery list to those deep needs and prayers in your heart.

Simply say:

Dear God,

This has been on my mind and heart, please take it: (and then list it all out)

Now, with a clear mind finish the prayer with:

And now help me to hear Your message for my heart today.

Amen

The Beans:

The Background:

David is the author of the Psalm we’re looking at, in part, today. The beginning of this Psalm lets us know that David actually wrote this Psalm when (out of fear for his life)he  pretends to be insane before the Philistine King. We do crazy things out of desperation, don’t we?

The Verse:

Psalm 34:17-18

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    He delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

The Fill:

What’s the point for YOU?:

  • What word or phrase from this verse popped out to you?

Read the verse a second time and answer:

  • What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?

Human beings (especially women) are complicated creatures, aren’t we?! I mean yes there are some complicated men out there, but for the most part, it’s we women who call ourselves hot messes a lot of the time!

I mean, when’s the last time your husband had an emotional breakdown because Karen forgot to text him back?!

Not poking fun at us ladies, we were designed this way for beautiful reasons, BUT, we are emotional creatures.

Literally, as I type these words, I’m still wiping the dried mascara off my cheeks from a complete meltdown earlier. My youngest son, Clay (14 months) LOATHES the nursery. I’ve recently started attending a weekday women’s bible study … that offers free childcare & free coffee each Thursday morning, so yes, there is a God in heaven … but … my kid would clearly rather be anywhere else on the planet than in that beautiful classroom with those sweet teachers!

I don’t get it, but, long story short – we had to leave early today. And well, losing that precious time today was the straw that broke this camel’s back! Luckily since Jimmy works from home, and has learned (at times) that I don’t need answers, I need time … decided to take Clay for lunch and instructed me to go for a walk, drive, or just go up to our room and have a moment to myself.

Reluctantly, I did.

I say reluctantly because in the back of my mind, I KNEW everything was ok. I KNEW the advice I would give to any friend sitting in my shoes … BUT, I needed to wade through the emotions. I needed to cry out to my heavenly father and let Him put a band-aid on my crushed spirit.

And once I did, I truly did feel tons better.

So what is it for you?

How do you have an emotional release?

Do you cry it out, talk it out with a friend, journal, exercise, sit outside …. what?

The thing is, not only will we have days where “the little stuff just adds up,” but we’ll also have those days when the big stuff hits too. We’ll have days of mourning and grief, and we’ll have days where the baby just wouldn’t cooperate.

Regardless of what it is that’s causing you to be “off,” spend some time doing whatever it is you do, to let it out before God!

Remember, we read yesterday about how God speaks to us in different ways … well … we can also talk to Him in different ways too.

You can commune with God as you ride your exercise bike, or cry out in your shower. He hears you as you pour your heart out in your journal, or to a friend.

Take comfort in the fact that you can pour it out and know that He is always close, no matter what it is you’re facing.

To help us transition from quiet time, back into “real life,” taking both what we’ve learned, and the peace we just received, throughout the rest of our day …

We’re going to list out our small blessings from the past 24 hours, and an affirmation about yourself, life, or day.

Here we go:

My Blessings:

List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.

*Noticing the small blessings, really opens our eyes to just how blessed we are, AND to the fact that God is always with us.

My Affirmations:

List positive affirmations about yourself/life:

Here, I want you to list things such as, “I will be present or happy or joyful.”    “I AM worth it.”       “I am IN CONTROL of ___ situation.”

OR, if you’ve got BIG goals list those with determination. “I WILL run today, to train for that 5K.” “I WILL finish that project.” etc.

 

**List those out now, and then go on with your day affirmed, and determined.