This is something new coming your way. Every first Tuesday of the month, I’m posting a short insight plus a recap of where we’ve been and where we’re going together.
In the last few weeks, the unintended New Year theme was Strength. I didn’t catch it until just now.
How I Learned to be Strong from my Teenage Daughter
How to Choose Your Word for the Year
How to Make a Powerful Vision Board
How to Empower Your Everyday with a Seasonal Bucket List
To be candid, I have needed a lot of personal strength in the last few months. It makes sense that my need and search for it showed up in my writing. We all search in the way we were built to learn, process and grow.
Start Your Search
Searching starts with a need. Although the type of need we have changes, the expression of the search is unique to the person. When I am empty, depleted, confused or disappointed, I begin my search.
First, I ask God to help me think of a verse that reflects my need and his power in that area. I write out why that verse matters in my particular situation. I see where that takes me. Sometimes, other insights come to mind. I may remember a quote, a passage from a book or a conversation. Once in a while, I get lucky and an image will come to mind.
Next, my personal expression of the search results come in. I must document because I am worried that I will forget or lose the wisdom or insight. I end up talking a note into my phone or texting myself. My cousin Leslie suggested I name myself “Queen” in my phone, so I text Queen Sasha the insights from the search.
Then, I sit with the newfound jewel. I have the sense to meditate upon the insight and wait to see what God may add to it. Sometimes there are layers and sometimes there is simply wisdom for the day.
Time to Share?
A younger version of myself would have to share immediately. I would have to share the thing even if my brain and heart hadn’t completed considering the need and fulfillment of it. That’s because I am built to share. That’s my bend. I can’t help the bend, but I’ve learned to work with it.
In some cases, my writing and self texting turn into something to share. I am in my happy place when I think I have something to share. The sharing takes a few forms. It could be a text to a friend. Sometimes it’s a phone call. Often enough, it’s a post with an email to you. My writing is the evidence of my searching. It is the culmination of God’s presence in the center of my need.
What ways does your searching show up in your life?
I am so curious about your answer to that question. Please do share in the comments or by sending me an email at email@example.com.
PS, I did not share where we are going next. When I am walking at the beach, I have lots of thoughts. I keep track of them in my phone notes. Queen Sasha has accumulated many thoughts. A bunch of them are listed below. If you take a liking to any of them, let me know and I may just write about it next week!
How to Give Up the Outcome
How to Ask for What You Need
How Much is Too Much
How to Shed a Disbelief
How to Know What You Need to Learn
How to Know Your Biggest Lesson
How Do You Know When You Are the New You
How To Know When Not to Make a Decision
How To Stretch Your Heart into the Next Thing
How To Start Something
How To Know If You’re Too Positive