Did you know that your worst days can be your fuel?
Did you know that your worst days can actually be the tool that gives up the most authentic results?
If you’ve read this blog at all, you know I write about some of the hardest parts of the day-to-day, and today is no exception.
But if you hear anything today, hear this;
Even on our worst days, God the Father has the overwhelming ability to minister and restore… a taking-back, a lifting out, a full-on redeeming of your immediate circumstance.
How do I know this?
Last week for me was all over the map, emotionally, and mentally.
And I had just joined a community of writers called 500 Words who were dedicating to write at least 500 words a day no matter what, and to allow for much grace if we missed the target.
And I thought perfect!!!
People. My 500 words were not publishable on many of my first days.
Is publishable a word?
What does matter is that’s how much my dysthymic brain misbehaved. Low moody swings, exhaustion, zero focus.
Every word was such a victory fought hard for.
And the whole process was a lesson in writing on my worst days, and eventually that sunk in. In a good way. So I have to share that with you, ’cause that’s what friends do.
Now maybe you don’t write. Do you journal? Create art? Work full-time? Parent full-time? Minister full-time?
Same deal. You can adapt the following into to-dos even on your worst days.
Here’s what I learned we need to do.
Write Out the Truth.
Don’t give us the gory details, but don’t be afraid to write out the truth about how you’re feeling, the battle you’re facing, or what you’ve been forced to learn about yourself, about your calling, or about your Heavenly Father during this trial.Write in such a way that someone else being overwhelmed will understand that they really aren't alone. Click To Tweet
Write in such a way that you actually work out your own need to abide fully in Him, and that as you write, He writes on your heart His promises. That He is as close as the mention of His name.
Write out the truth. The Truth. That He is close to the broken-hearted.
Write Out All the Scripture.
Sometimes our own words just won’t come. Getting the first sentence feels like this major fight.
So don’t. Maybe we need less fighting and more resting on the worst days. This is where we need those first words to be His words instead.
All His words from the Word. The verses that are your immediate lifeline. The verses that make you weep with relief. The verses that speak grace over all the ugly. The scriptures that shine bright enough to banish your worst shadows.
Put them on your blog.
Put them in big letters around your house.
Tuck them into your wallet, your diaper bag, your bathroom mirror.
Write them, and as you do, God will be faithful to hedge you in with them. Surrounding you with the hope you’re craving. Fuelling the narrow path through.
You write them, and He’ll sing them over you, drowning out all the desperate and exhausting.
Write Out The Prayer You Need Most
I don’t know how many times I’ve done this on the blog, but writing out the prayer my desperate heart has on repeat has sometimes started the best heartfelt conversations, spiralled into other prayers, has instigated going-to-church-kinds of worship.
Write out the prayer you long to lift the most, and you lift your eyes to the throne room and off your situation long enough to let God into the midst.
No longer a pity party for one, blog or write your prayer and see how He begins to inject His presence into the darkest, murkiest corners of wherever you are.
In the writing is a tangible grasping. In the writing is a tangible opening up. And as you write, your desire for Him and only Him is carved into all the things you’ll carry with you going forward.
And as you write out the prayer you need most, you create a conscious opportunity for Him to reply.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills… where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip– he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you– the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
And He is not a God who just spouts words back.
He will act upon them.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
So the next time you have to write through your worst days, and feel like there isn’t anything worth writing, or don’t know how you’ll dig down for anything worthy of the written word, remember these three things.
You can invite the Life Preserver into your words and write the truth, you can fortify yourself and the process with scripture, and you can always just write out those honest, weary, seeking prayers.He'll be faithful to meet you on your worst days! Click To Tweet
What are some other ways you have used to keep writing on your worst days? Leave me your answer below, I’d love to hear.
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