New Year’s “Hang Over”

Tonight is New Year’s Eve. I made a plan last week to go out to a little party thing. Today, I tossed and turned about going. The habit of living fearlessly is something we can all pursue. I do, for the most part, try and keep on the fearless mask. However this whole “fearless” act I have going on, well I was not that for a good part of today.

I am one of those people whose personality traits include: introversion and being highly sensitive (otherwise known as HSP).

Obviously, it sounds easier to stay home at this point. Right? I mean, I could have used pouring rain as an excuse. I have loads of excuses, besides the valid one of “people freak me out” (a whole new level of honesty, I know). I really do love people, friends, family, random strangers I connect with, as long as I have room in my human interaction cup.

I literally have nothing to offer anyone if my human interaction cup is full

Excuses Versus . . .

I had a moment of realization tonight. I do things like attend social gatherings, when part of me struggles with it, because I want to honor God with my entire life. If it wasn’t for God, I would not push past the fears or moments of struggling to face the world when my spirit is hung over (detailed explanation below). It’s pretty simple for me. They say you need a “why,” for goals and such.

Here is my why: I don’t want to miss out on opportunities to bless God, because I was too afraid. So, I wrestle between being fearful versus fearless. On one side, I have introversion where human interaction can literally suffocate my spirit. And on another, I have the hindrance of being a highly sensitive person where too much stimulation causes me to run away and never return if given the option.

I want Jesus, my King, to be lifted high in my life. And I know, God can do miraculous things – even when I am scared out of my mind.

… Jesus is why I can step out of my comfort zone and face peopling, even when my spirit screams “I am done for the week. I need silence!”

The Hang Over

With peopling and being overstimulated (noise, lighting, people, reacting more deeply, etc), I face something I call a “hang over”. It is simply from overwhelming my spirit. My spirit becomes intensely weighed down, that it is hard to interact with anyone in a meaningful conversation or watch a favorite show without adding to it. My spirit is just scattered, beyond overwhelmed, and struggling to just get through it. My spirit, in some ways, becomes paralyzed. Everything becomes difficult. That is the best way to describe it to a non-introvert.

… And, the answer is “recharging”. I have to take a “time out,” and allow myself to recover. I have to allow myself the time and space to process and recover from the past few days or weeks of human interaction and a heavy load of stimuli.

Jesus Christ, my Beloved Savior, is the One who walks me through this process of welcoming the new year and process through the past few days or weeks.

Feature image by Jerry Kiesewetter.


MMS – Whisper

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “whisper.”

What I Need…

I need a whisper that screams to my spirit’s deepest needs.

God is in the whispering business.

God whispers.

He whispers to our hearts.

He helps us.

God speaks directly to our hearts about what we face. What is incredible about God, is His ability to speak to our deepest need. Our spirit can be in turmoil – wondering how we will pay for x, y, and z, and all of a sudden the money comes in – just in time. We haven’t spoken the need to anyone, but God. Yet, God displays His whispering abilities.

The Holy Spirit whispers. He will whisper our names upon others’ hearts.

Acts of God

While we are in this world, others can sum up things to a coincidence. For those who are in Jesus Christ, we know better.

As God’s masterpiece, we can know God whispers our names upon the hearts of others who might not even know us. He will give them the words to speak, the money to give, the grace to give, the love to offer. God is faithful.

God Whispers

…. to us.

This is one way that He will speak to us. Through whispering to our spirits. Might be why we don’t hear Him a lot of times. Too many distractions. Too much noise. We need to quiet down, and start acquainting ourselves with silence. It is then that we will actually, and finally, hear Him!

How is God whispering to your spirit today? Take time to listen.

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A Savior for Christmas

This is what we are given with the Christmas season: A Savior. Do you know Jesus? I mean, really know Him. Do you have a relationship with God through His precious Son Jesus Christ? On one quiet night, God powerfully displayed He is God and able! God sent His Son. Unlike what it could of been like, it was a quiet moment. Will we settle down and allow our Christmas to enjoy some quietness with our Savior? It isn’t about the gifts. It is about God sending His Son Jesus.

When the announcement is being made to Joseph, listen (really listen) to what is being said.

“Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.
For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son,
and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel,
which means ‘God is with us.’” (Matthew 1:20b-23, emphasis mine)

Take time to quiet down this Christmas to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. It is so easy to cloud our Christmas with such noise. Take time to just be with your Creator, and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. To have God with us is an incredible gift! This is the gift. It shouldn’t be about, our shopping trips and “ohh man, I have to still get so many gifts”. No, you don’t. You don’t have to go shop if you haven’t done it yet.

Just enjoy spending time with your Creator, keeping Him first, and doing what He wants you to do. Don’t let your Creator or your relationship to Him, get lost in your holiday.

On Expectations: The expectation of keeping Christ first, is the only one you should be concerned about: not concerned about the expectation of giving really incredible gifts to top last year’s… Keep Him first. Celebrate Him: who loves you more than anyone else ever could, and went to great length’s to show it!

Be blessed,
Gracefully Overcoming