How to Make a Spiritual U-Turn

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I woke up in the wrong lane this morning.

Okay, I’d theoretically shaken off the slumber in bed a couple of hours earlier…. but at some point, I got in my car fully clothed and was apparently sleep driving. I backed out of the driveway with my eyes open, but my mind was in La-la land.

I floated along in a state of semi-conscious awareness till I reached the end of the block and exited my neighborhood. I should have made a right and kept on driving, but somehow I shuffled 3 lanes to the left and got stuck in a turn lane to nowhere.

That’s when I woke up. How did I get here?

In my mental fog, I must have blindly followed the car in front of me.

Has this ever happened to you? I confess that I often end up lost, and not just when I am sitting behind the wheel of my car.

For example, next week is October. I find myself wondering “How did I end up here?” as the asphalt of months fades in my mental rear-view mirror. Wasn’t this going to be the year where I got my act together? I had goals. I even wrote them down. (Remind me to find those this weekend when I get a free minute.)

Here’s the thing, maybe like me you are feeling a bit turned around and heading in the wrong direction right now. Maybe you’ve gotten distracted and failed to stay in the right lane.

I’ve got good news for you though. God allows U-turns.

How to Make a Spiritual U-Turn

  • Signal to Stop: Ask God to wake you up and help you to hit a red light in your soul when you are heading in the wrong direction  (I Corinthians 15:33-34, NIV).
  • Slow Down and Yield: Life is not a competitive NASCAR race. Put on the brakes and pull out the holy road manual. It’s okay if you let people whiz by you while you tune into the GPS in your Spirit. (James 3:13-17, NLT).
  • Turn Against the Flow of Traffic: Not everyone on the road is heading where you are, and some drivers are on a dead-end highway. A sharp turn in the opposite direction of the oncoming traffic will require you to be brave. Don’t hesitate. Just ask Jesus to take the wheel if you need a little extra help (II Corinthians 7:8-10, MSG).
  • Keep Your Eyes on the Road: Don’t get distracted. Keep moving forward on the road He’s set before you.  (Proverbs 4:23-27, MSG).

No matter how long you’ve traveled in the wrong direction, you can always turn around. The light of His grace will signal the way. 

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Overcoming Faith

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Years ago, I came across a prayer that captured my need for Christ perfectly. I printed out its words and tacked it to the bulletin board besides my bunk bed in my college dorm room.

“Dear Lord,
So far I’ve done all right.
I haven’t gossipped,
haven’t lost my temper,
haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent.
I’m really glad about that.

But in a few minutes, God,
I’m going to get out of bed.
And from then on,
I’m going to need a lot more help.”

On my own, I am a victim of my selfish humanity. I’m born in sin and a slave to my fleshly passions. No matter how hard I try to live a righteous life, I will always end up defeated and discouraged.

Thankfully, Christ extended His mercy to us all…

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How to Combat Marital Malaise

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“Why am I so exhausted tonight?” my husband asked as he collapsed on the hotel bed. We’d taken a few days off to celebrate his birthday and recover from a very busy month at work.

I yawned in response, “We cheated on the diet twice today. Remember?” For 4 months, we’d towed the line and eliminated sugar and bad carbohydrates. Our new-found dedication to healthy eating began on a rainy day in February when I drove my husband to the ER. A sore throat had morphed into a cold that quickly escalated into pneumonia. He’d felt a little off for days, but his immune system had gone on vacation. The doctor explained that his blood test had revealed off the chart high blood sugar. His whole body was polluted by an invisible infection.

I’ve learned not to ignore a tickle in my throat. It’s my body sounding an alarm. When I start to feel a little off, I no longer take it lightly. I take action.

I am starting to recognize the warning signs in my marriage as well. Some days, it seems like a marital malaise has invaded my home. I can’t pinpoint the poison, but the health and vitality of our relationship is in danger.

When I slow down to examine and address the root cause, it usually stems from one of these pesky tormentors….

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How to Diffuse Love in Your Home

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When Bruce told me that he was not feeling well, I went into “fix-it” mode.

I  pulled out the vitamin C and Tylenol, and then I texted my closest friends and asked them to pray. Three of my friends suggested trying essential oils. My phone was dinging all day with suggestions of concoctions that would help Bruce ward of toxins.

I must slather frankincense with coconut oil on his chest.

I should consider rubbing eucalyptus with lavender on his feet.

I could mix a roller ball with something called Thieves blended with oregano and rosemary. This should be applied to the upper back and neck every hour on the hour.

My sweet friend was kind enough to put a special flu bomb recipe together for me and even poured oils into capsules for Bruce to swallow.

At the end of the day, Bruce ended up super congested anyway, but his chest smelled like a salad dressing for almost a week.

He did love the diffuser I bought though. I knew I had a convert when I called him from work, and he informed me that he had taken it with him into the garage.

We’ve decided that we love our diffuser. In fact, I now own four of them. (Okay, I may have gone a little overboard with the Essential oil research, but when I am stressed I apparently start buying things on Amazon as a coping strategy.)

Besides making the house smell fabulous, the point of diffusing the essential oils is to rid the house of toxins and evil elements in the air that will suck the life out of you. (At least that was my interpretation of it.)

Here’s the thing, toxins in the atmosphere can impact my well-being.

Over the last two weeks, I’ve become quite a chemist at creating essential oil formulas to help dispel the poisons.

This morning I was reading in Ephesians, and I learned that Paul had a few formulas of his own.

How to Diffuse Love in Your Home

  • Be humble: Don’t demand your way. Give preference to others.
  • Be gentle: Rather than bulldoze over your loved ones, let your words be seasoned with grace.
  • Be tolerant: Remember that no one is perfect. We are all sinners in need of God’s forgiveness. Be patient with the weaknesses of your fellow man.

Creating a toxic free environment doesn’t require complicated formulas.  Just apply love liberally.  

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Deep Within

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Recently, Cheryl Smith invited me to look deep within.  Cheryl does a weekly interview on her blog where she provides a space for “iron to sharpen iron” as we examine our “Inner Views.”

I must admit that it took me quite a while to respond to several of these questions.  A little introspection is good for the soul.

Interview Questions:

  1. Tell us about your childhood.  (Where were you born, where did you grow up, what were your childhood years like, etc.  Please feel free to share as much or as little as you would like and feel comfortable with.  J)
  2. How old were you when you became a Christian?  What led you to take that step?  Is there a particular person who has most influenced you in your walk with Jesus?
  3. We would love to hear your love story.  How did you and your husband meet?  Was it love at first sight?  When did you realize he was “the one” for you?
  4. What are you most passionate about?  What fulfills you most?
  5. Looking back over your life, what do you consider to be your darkest season?  How did your faith in God see you through those difficult days?
  6. What is your greatest strength?  How does God use that trait to help others?
  7. Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?
  8. What is the most exciting ministry you have had the privilege of becoming involved in?
  9. Tell us about your blog, 3dlessons4life.  What prompted you to start blogging?  How did you decide upon the name of your blog?  How has blogging impacted and enriched your life?  Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?  Is there a particular place you like to go to write?
  10. Is there a cause you care deeply about and would like to introduce us to?
  11. At the end of your life, what do you most hope to leave behind?  What legacy do you most long to create as you walk this journey?
  12. On your bucket list, what have you already experienced and accomplished?  What do you yet hope to do?
  13. Who do you consider to be your biggest hero?  What person in your life would you most like to emulate?
  14. How do you personally stay encouraged?  Are there specific Bible verses, songs, books, or other resources that you turn to in times of discouragement?
  15. How can we pray for you now?

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