Like the walls of Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s time, our lives after a move are in various states of disrepair. We can’t figure out how all the rocks fit into our new schedules and so everything feels a bit haphazard, chaotic. We’re catching meals instead of making them. Our prayer life feels awkward and anemic. Even our turns around the grocery store aisles take longer because we can’t find where they put their crackers. It’s similar to any major life change, one that upends our schedules.
When we skimp on our necessities, we end up getting cheated. The consequences are that we lack the emotional stamina to withstand the emotional onslaught. We are vulnerable, and fragile, our emotions smacking us around. We need to rebuild our protection.
Here’s MY list of necessities in no particular order and how I’m doing:
- Healthy food? Sometimes.
- Sleep? Sometimes
- Exercise? Barely.
- Scripture and prayer? Sometimes.
- Sabbath time? Almost never.
- Time to listen and receive from God? Barely.
- Deep connections with a friend? Every once in a while.
- Spiritual director? Not yet.
When our walls are down, we should not be surprised when we are taken out easily. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)
We have to repair the walls to protect the heart.
Action: List your necessities and prioritize. Work on rebuilding one section of the wall at a time. Give yourself huge amounts of grace. Wait on the Lord for wisdom. Don’t use a backhoe or bulldozer, just life one small rock upon another.
We’re on a 31 day journey toward falling in love with our zip code. Our family just moved down five states south and are loving the warm October. Would you like to come along? Slip your email address (I’ll guard it with my life) into the CONNECT box on the front page and we’ll journey together. Start here.