Recently, I read that when infants are born, they have an innate need to store memories where they feel safe. Their first experience on this earth is one of trauma because they’re removed from the warm, dark place they knew for nine months. After being placed in a bright, cold and unfamiliar environment, they need to know they are still secure. As they build these safe memories, they gradually can recall them during moments when they’re not being held, rocked or coddled.
When I read about this process, I thought about our faith walk and how it follows the same pattern. We first receive the gospel message as “infants,” the apostle Paul says. We live on milk, and often aren’t ready to receive the meatier, heavier aspects of the Word yet. The Spirit knows this, which is why the process of sanctification is not instantaneous. It takes an entire lifetime as we grow and become more like Jesus.
But eventually, God wants us to leave what’s safe and comfortable. He wants us to experience the full adventure of life he has for us, and we can’t do this if we remain stuck in the same place.
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Shift Your Focus in 2021:
If you need to shift your focus from disappointment and worry and see what God is already doing in your life, I encourage you to pick of a copy of my book, Shift: Changing Our Focus to See the Presence of God. I talk more about the ways a simple shift can change everything. Many people have sent me messages saying it is a timely book for this season. This encourages my heart so much. I pray that God continues to use it to touch lives.
Here’s what one reader said:
“This book is what so many of us need to hear. It not only confirms God’s love and desire for us, but shows us how when we shift to God’s way of thinking, our issues shrink in His care. Changing our focus to sense God’s presence changed my life and Abby gave words to how this can happen for all of us, if only we make that Shift. I’ll be recommending this book for years to come!” – Jill
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