The Weekly Breather: Getting off the Roller Coaster

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Caring for others can be full of rewards and challenges, and they often intertwine. When we make our evaluation of events the basis of our happiness, we ride a terrible roller coaster. We are tempted to ask Jesus to sit next to us for the ride. We want him to comfort us or congratulate us depending on what the ride was like. Wild roller coasters sometimes come with bragging rights. Our wild lives may make us look really holy through our successes and sufferings, but we have missed that Jesus seeks to be our steadiness and not a partner on an amusement park ride. Breathe with us this week and let Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be the Source of your life.

Settle Yourself: Release

Stop. Breathe deeply in. Breathe out slowly. Take another deep breath. Where do you notice tension in your body? What caused the tension? Imagine your muscles and nerves relaxing as you give the situation to God.

Listen: Rest in the Word

Read the passage through slowly a few times. If you can, read it out loud at least once.

Psalm 119:41-45

LORD, give me your unfailing love,
the salvation that you promised me.
Then I can answer those who taunt me,
for I trust in your word.
Do not snatch your word of truth from me,
for your regulations are my only hope.
I will keep on obeying your instructions
forever and ever.
I will walk in freedom,
for I have devoted myself to your commandments.

Listen deeply. What stands out to you? Let it move down into your heart and rest there. Keep breathing slowly as you let the word settle in your body.

Reflect: Feast on the Word

Spend some time reflecting on the passage. Allow it to minister to the places that have been tossed about by events. What might be God be revealing to you about your journey? How would you answer this statement: “God, you are revealing to me…”?

Pray

Breathe. Welcome the Holy Spirit to guide you in prayer.
Holy Spirit, I welcome your…
How have you been valuing yourself? According to success, failure, or busyness?
God, I confess that I…
Will you receive God’s unfailing love where sin has been?
Confess truth: These things are not the source of my life. God, I confess you as the source of life and hope. I particularly thank you for your…
What word is God giving you to move forward into the day? God, today I will walk in your freedom by…

Katie Moore is a member of the Soul Care Collective Steering Committee.

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The vision of our team is to provide resources designed to encourage individuals in personal soul care and to equip them to care for others within the context of their own vocation, all from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. We hope that this site is a means to connect resources with those who are in need of training and experience—including pastors, counselors or anyone caring for others.

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