July 24, 2016
Contributed by Erin Blair
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
This month we are going to talk about the importance of feeding our spirit. We are made up of body (outer), soul (mind, will, and emotions), and spirit (where Spirit of God resides). Having a full spirit leaks healthiness into our soul and body producing wholeness and alignment. When we bring our fears, worries, and burdens to Jesus we find rest and rest is often the healing ointment we’re in need of!
Feeding Our Spirit Requires Caring For Ourselves Before Others
If you’ve ever been on a plane you’ve heard the flight attendant say, “Place the oxygen mask on yourself first before helping small children or others who may need your assistance”. What good are we for others if we’re dead? Many people are walking, talking, and breathing, but they are dead on the inside. They’re just going through the motions and existing. A person who is filled up on the inside is able to care for others out of an overflow versus trying to squeeze something out thats not even there which leads to burn out, exhaustion, and frustration.
Melanie DeLeon’s son, Taylor, is 21 and has Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. She cares for herself by taking naps as well as rewriting parts of the Bible. This is a practical method that could help others, “I’ll modify a prayer or Psalm to fit my situations. I’ve also rewritten the book of Romans as if it’s a letter directly to me. Being able to rewrite something that is centuries old, and have it fit my today situations has helped me realize God really does have all the answers.”
Feeding Our Spirit Makes Us Stronger
Marsha Wooley’s son, Issac, is 26 and has Cerebral Palsy caused by a Cerebral Hemorrhage he had at birth due to his prematurity. Read her testimony below of the strength she found by feeding her spirit through worship music.
“For me the hardest part of raising Isaac was not knowing what he would be. What the future would look like for him. One night as I was rocking him in his nursery I was listening to Michael Card’s “Wordless One’s” and there is a line that said “When He made you He was thinking of me too”. Suddenly the war that had been raging inside of me stopped and I REALIZED that Isaac was in God’s hands & I was in God’s hands and the future was in God’s hands and I could trust Him with all of it.”
Feeding Our Spirit Is Continuous
Often when we “crash and burn” hindsight is 20/20. We can look back and see where we became too busy, over committed ourselves, didn’t stick to boundaries, stopped eating well and exercising producing a hamster on a hamster wheel unable to stop or get off. Feeding our spirit is not a once a week or when we feel like it action step. It must become a part of our everyday life. When it does, not only will we be refreshed, but our children and those around us will be too! Marsha’s story is a testimony of this:
“I have to maintain that closeness to the Father and what is so amazing 26 years later is Isaac has that closeness with the Father. He may seem awkward to others although when you talk to him you see his beauty. In his room where he feels free I hear him worshipping and praising God just like I do. He has a close relationship with the Lord and often when I am down he encourages me!!!”
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29, 30