I’m up for air. Fresh, virus-free air.
For the past 6 days I’ve been nursing my youngest daughter back to health after a bout of the flu. My kingdom baby was miserable. Mommy was miserable too. Matter of fact, the entire house was miserable. But we did what we had to do.
Sleeping on her bedroom floor.
Listening to her breathe at night.
Forcing down nasty medicine.
Praying and decreeing. Praying and decreeing.
I’m thankful that she came through because in this flu season some children haven’t. We can never take anything for granted.
It just so happens that on her first real day of recovery I was invited to do an interview on the podcast “Read You Later” with Lasheera Lee. I’m posting the podcast below for Disciplined Women to enjoy. What I want to share with you, however, is this.
Being a disciplined woman, for me, has meant doing what needs to be done in the season it needs to be done. It means stopping and trusting God to maintain one thing while I deal with another thing. Here’s what I mean.
When my daughter contracted the flu, everything stopped. Everything.
No professional work. No ministry work. No personal work. . . Everything stopped. As someone who is used to multi-tasking and doing a lot all at once, stopping everything requires discipline. I am learning to train my mind and heart to focus on the right thing at the right time. This past week it has been child, health, family, home. Nothing more, nothing less.
Now, for you, this may be easy. If that’s the case, you don’t need discipline in that area.
I need discipline to TRUST GOD with the other things while I deal with the main thing. There may be times when it’s flipped. I have to trust God to deal with the main thing, while I deal with the other things. How do I know when to do what?
My spirit knows.
So, essentially this is about listening to my spirit, which is led by God’s Spirit, and being disciplined in obeying what it says.
A word of caution: I did not say listen to your emotions. Your emotions or your feelings are not your spirit. Don’t do something because you merely “feel like it” or you get uncomfortable. And definitely don’t do anything because you fear what others will think or say. That’s not your spirit. That’s your impatience and your low self-esteem. Your spirit should be guided by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
Task #5 : Journal about when you’ve been moved by feelings when you should’ve been moved by the spirit. How did you know you had neglected the spirit of wisdom? How are you disciplining yourself in that area now?
Enjoy the podcast. I am the last interviewed about 30 minutes into the show, but the entire show will bless you.