Minding My Soul, “Inside the Wilderness”…

We are back at it again. Taking the time to mind our own souls. Take a moment and breathe, relax, even have a glass of wine. Whatever makes you happy and at peace. As long as you are minding your own soul, who cares?

So have you ever felt like you were just wondering around life thirsty? Has it ever felt like you are just tired of going no where and you can’t seem to make it out of this dry place? Well maybe you are in your “wilderness” season. There is a lot to learn here. It really is all about how you perceive your current condition.

In this season you may feel alone with no one to hear your call for help. I challenge you to change the perception of your environment. So, what is the wilderness? Its a desolate and uncultivated place or space. Its sounds scary, dark and lonely, right? I won’t lie to you it is. I have been there. Its not my first choice to vacation in, lol. But, there are so many things that you can learn in this place.

Lets start with the first thing that I learned about this quiet, dry and dark place. It seemed inhabitable. It was uncomfortable. However I learned that comfort was my crutch. Its easy to run back to what is safe. Its easy to become stagnant in your comfort not because you don’t want to grow but because you dwell too much on the path and not the reward at the end of the path. So, what do you do, you choose not to walk it. Hoping that some way that same reward could come a different way. NOPE!! So I got out of my comfort zone and walked around a little.

The second thing that I learned is that there was no chaos, it was quiet. The only chaos was present was from my thoughts to run, scream and kick my way up out of that place. I learned to let go of chains that were no longer holding me. I was now holding on to them, I just needed to open my hands. I let go of the chains I was walking around with. I learned that I was no longer bound to be available for everyone. I learned that it was okay to put me first for once. It was quite alright for me to say no. I learned that being available to everyone all the time, made no time for me. I was pouring from an empty cup. If that is not chaotic, I don’t know what it is. But I knew that I could no longer partake in madness and that I was no longer captive.

The last thing that I learned. Wow, this was a big one. There is always a better reward after the testing and the trial. There is light at the end of the tunnel. It could be your healing or even your peace of mind. You cannot know healing if not for wounds. You cannot know peace if not for chaos. You cannot know you, if you do not step outside of who you think you are, because of fear. Fear, I learned that I do not have to be in fear of the promises for my life. I do not have to be in fear that they are too great and I am not worthy. The promise was me. It is me. Me, whole and smiling, minding my own soul.

Some of us are in our wilderness season and it is not a death sentence. It is a journey of self discovery. The seas have been parted for your escape and rescue but you have to keep walking. Manna will rain down from heaven, so gather and eat. You may complain and ask why and how you got here. You can’t go back. Take courage. This is the time where you will be given direction. This place seems uncultivated and desolate. I promise you that it is you who is being cultivated and made to be habitable. You will have to ascend the mountain multiple times to get the direction and the promise . Each time you will be stronger and stronger. The wilderness will teach you how to survive. You will lose some people along the way because your promise is not their promise nor their direction. They will follow you and grumble against you but it is okay. Keep walking! This is your EXODUS! Shabbat Shalom!

Exodus 3:7-8, And יהוה said, “I have indeed seen the oppression of My people who are in Mitsrayim, and have heard their cry because of their slave-drivers, for I know their sorrows. 8“And I have come down to deliver them from the hand of the Mitsrites, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Kena‛anites and the Ḥittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Ḥiwwites and the Yeḇusites.

Exodus 33:14, “And He said, My Presence does go, and I shall give you rest.”

I hope that this has been encouraging and uplifting for you to mind your soul.

Remember that we are all but shattered Mirrors looking to mend our images.

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