So we are almost through the first month of the New Year. I am sure you set goals for yourself right? Lose weight, get a 6 pack, eat healthier, give up coffee, eat less chocolate.
Well…how’s it going? Are you meeting your goals? Seeing results? Sleeping better? Feeling healthier? Less stressed?
Oh the goals…they are so good. But the habits…why are they so hard to break?
To be perfectly honest here…I didn’t make goals like this for myself this year. I enjoy eating healthy, but I also enjoy cookies. I love working out and pushing myself, I love monitoring my social media, it is always good to unplug daily. But in other areas I keep missing the mark…and the weight of the failure is too much. Yet, The Lord revealed to me one very distinct and clear thing…If I want to change my habits, I must have a change of heart. Well that makes sense Father, I feel like You are on to something. So I decided to take a step back…and He clearly revealed to me the underlying issue…problem…habit.
My bad habit is I struggle to trust God.
All I saw was a big gaping hole between me and God…and that hole has been filled with all my trust issues. Isn’t that what my entire relationship with God is based upon? Isn’t that what ANY relationship is based upon? Trust? Suddenly my faith seemed really really small. Talk about being honest here, I felt like my relationship with God didn’t have much depth at all. My heart began to ache…
I remember praying after Christmas this last year, asking and pleading, “God I don’t want to have small faith, I want to let go of the places in my life where I don’t trust You…I see how it effects everything, my health, my sleep, my marriage, my parenting…my mindset.”
And I could spend all my time working on my parenting, my marriage, my health, my habits but I realized the deeper issue is my heart. That if I don’t change my heart the habits will always exist. I pressed in more, I fasted, I prayed, I sought Him deeply…and the Spirit revealed 3 keys to understanding how to have a change of heart.
Yes set goals, make better choices for yourself, your family, your future…but it won’t start in your workout, your mental toughness…it starts in your heart. And it’s not people who change…but it is God who changes people.
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