I’ve promised to be a real life, speak-it-like-it-is, messy blog. This one may take the cake and take “messy” to a whole new level, though.
Suppositories are awful. They are never a good thing. Maybe the end result of using one is good, but the actual experience is terrible. When Livi was little she had awful GI issues for months. We spent hours in the doctor’s offices getting x-rays, blood work, medications, you name it, all just to try and help her get some relief. Expect Joy Monday night ladies Bible study group was praying for poop (yes we actually prayed for poop) for months. The prayers and the medical treatments worked and, after a while, Livi was back to normal on her GI functions.
It made me think, though. What stuff is making us constipated in life? When we are focused on Christ (and what joy we can experience by following His will), we have balance. When we lose sight of God’s will, or choose our way over His way, we start to get constipated by the world. Sometimes we have small hurdles in life that jolt us back to clean living. Other times we have painful life lessons that bring us to our knees in reliance and submission to God’s will.
My current work schedule is my culprit. We had some changes at the office a few months ago and the trickle-down effects mean I’m no longer balanced in life the way I once was. I’m more heavy on work than I am on kids, family, house, God or myself. I’m constipated by work and the only way to clear it out is by doing something intentionally and strategically to break up the dysfunctional routine and enable the body to form a new rhythm of life.
Spending time in God’s word is the best place to start. Ask God to reveal the areas that are blocking you from having a joy-filled relationship with Him. Spend time praying specifically for God to show you His will for your life at its present stage. Pray for Him to show what your balance should be. God created the body and He created us. He knows exactly what we need to function smoothly. Pray that He strengthen you to follow Him.
Jeremiah 10:23 – I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
1 Corinthians 6:19 – Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
1 Corinthians 3:16 – Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?