Today, let's focus on where and why we experience reactivity.
Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).
First, pay attention to God.
Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body. Settle into the presence of Jesus.
- As you breathe in, think, "Search me and know me, Lord..."
- As you breathe out, think, "... reveal any grievous way in me " (Psalm 139:23-24).
Second, ponder your inner world.
Process the following with Jesus:
- Where am I hurt, sensitive, and reactive right now, Jesus?
- How have I contributed to my pain and reactivity?
- Express your desire for Jesus to heal and lead you back to His everlasting way (Psalm 139:24).
Third, prepare to love others.
Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
A closing prayer:
- Who am I most reactive with right now?
- Why is that?
- How might I grow in receptivity to them?
Jesus, you know and understand pain, yet you always turned to your Father in your sorrow.
Forgive me for taking the way of the exile, wandering far from you. Make clear to me the painful and hurtful path I've walked and lead me back to you.
Motivate me to choose habits that lead to healing so that I might love others from a place of health.
Peace be with you until next week,
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