Parenting Our Human Soul

The word “trigger” or its variations is used more than ever, it’s never a good thing. We have so much stimulation and input combined with a big problem. We don’t realize that we can, and must be responsible for our souls. For every cancer patient or former cancer patient, the fear of “What if” is bery real. Before being diagnosed, I lived in denial of my symptoms being cancer. When I was diagnosed, I became hyper-vigilant about every pain or symptom. At this time in our troubled world, if you study Biblical prophecy or even know a little about history and civics, getting caught up in the “symptoms” of peril is too easy. The King of Kings can and does give us peace that passes understanding, but sometimes we need to parent our souls to be in the position to receive.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child [resting] with his mother,
My soul is like a weaned child within me [composed and freed from discontent].

Psalm 131:2

The Whatevers

Psalm 131:2 provides us with a beautiful picture of a weaned child, at peace and resting in mama’s arms. We don’t realize that we’re fed a steady diet of care when we’re connected to screens thorughout the day. It’s a constant barrage of reminders of stresses worries, and things that make us angry. When we find ouselves overwhelmed and triggered, that’s our sign that we need to parent our soul. The first step is to put that aside the stimulants and the next sign is to place our focus. God guides us to focus on what I call the “Whatevers.”God lays out a path to peace that includes a healthy mental and emotional diet in Philipians 4:8*.

Finally, [a]believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].

Philippians 4:8

What’s In Our Power

I saw a clip of Radhi Devlukia Shetty where someone asked her why she’s so happy and said she minds her own business. Radhi isn’t a Christian, she’s Hindu, but like many others, she’s found a secret to protecting her happy countenance. It’s minding our own business, this one is hard for me. I’m a recovering infoholic. While it’s paramount to stay informed and involved (whether it be what your doctors say or what’s happening in the world) we should understand our place in the problems of the world. We can only do what’s in our power, like pray, vote, write our representatives, volunteer, and give to help others. However, when we’ve done it all, it’s time to realize that when we are full of cares, we need to narrow our focus on what we can do.

Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters,
Or in things too difficult for me.

Psalm 131:1

Hope and Humble Pie

To live in peace, our hope must be in the Lord. Our abilities, politicians, pastors, or the media all make waves, but it doesn’t always go our way. I remind myself that worrying about cancer returning. It’s too much for me. That is out of my control, I work to wean myself of those thoughts and climb upon his spiritual lap and take comfort. It takes a lot of practice but becomes easier the more I do it. * It’s our responsibility to do what we can, to protect our health, to speak up, to vote, to have our voices heard, and to bring God to this damaged world. However, we must leave the results in God’s hands, or we will drive ourselves crazy.

O Israel, hope in the Lord, from this time forth and forever.

Psalm 131:3

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