Y'all, it's been a busy week and a half. Transitioning into life out here in Fort Collins has been wonderful, yet filled with many bumps. I am absolutely loving this beautiful city, the views of the foothills, and the magnificent sunsets that grace our window every evening (apologies in advance for the multitude of sunset pictures you may be seeing this summer). It's truly a lovely place to visit if you ever have the chance.
The city is definitely part of what's made Fort Collins so wonderful, but my coursework in Christian Theology and Bible Study Methods have been the icing on the cake. I am humbled by these courses y'all. I desire to absorb all the content, to fully understand it, to chew on it, to grow in my knowledge of doctrine and the Word. One word that could sum up this summer is growth.
And in the midst of all this growth, there is the battle being waged. How do I absorb all the content, really let it soak in and grow my heart and mind for the Lord, without letting it overwhelm me and become another task to check off my to-do list? How do I keep my focus on the Lord when completing tasks that can be tedious, time consuming, and sometimes just plain mundane? I've found sometimes you just need to step away for a short while to re-examine your heart and point yourself back to Christ. It can make all the difference between growing in your walk with the Lord and just checking items off a list.
1. TAKE 5-MIN AND LISTEN TO YOUR FAVORITE WORSHIP SONGS
I'm soaking in the lyrics of "Lord I need you" by Matt Maher.
2. GET UP AND MOVE
Exercise. Go for a short walk or run. Whatever your preferred method of getting the blood flowing and the mind cleared will do. I'd like to take advantage of the pool we have access to this summer. A few laps is just what I need to refocus.
3. SEEK OUT WHAT INSPIRES YOU
Sometimes a little inspiration is all I need to get back in focus on the task at hand. I really enjoy reading blogs that continually speak truth and point me to Christ. Some of my favorites to browse are The Williams Post, Naptime Diaries, and Inspired to Action.
4. PRAY + SPEND TIME IN THE WORD
It seems like prayer is the simplest thing to do, but for whatever reason it's always so hard for me to remember in my moments of frustration. She Reads Truth has been so uplifting when I'm looking to dig into the Word and have a little structure to follow along with.
How do you refocus when working through tasks where you know growth is happening, but in the moment they feel downright mundane, tedious, or overwhelming?