A New Spin on Things

I had the weirdest thing happen over the past week. Okay, not the weirdest, (will set aside the drama) but weird for me. I’ve heard that vertigo is a common deal, but it’s not something I remember experiencing before, other than for a few minutes after being on a roller coaster. I’m. so. dizzeeeeeeyyyy, and not the blonde kind.

It’s worst when I’m lying down or when I get up fast. Sometimes it feels like I’m swooshing down 3 floors on an elevator. Others, like the entire room is whirling round and round. It makes me nauseated for awhile, and when the spinning stops, my vision is blurred for a bit. A few times as I’ve been walking, it seems like the room is sideways. Like I said, weird.

Thank goodness I’m going to the doctor on Thursday. Ready for this new spin on life to come to a halt if it is God’s desire, though I have learned how to lean just right when the room starts spinning. Balance practice. 😉

It reminds me of how I can get out of balance spiritually. It happens when I’m not focused on Christ. It can be anything…my circumstances, other people’s circumstances, my kids’ problems or choices, past sins or present mistakes, feeling misunderstood, hormone-induced mood swings, frustration in relationships or stuff happening in the world, (insert your vision problem here).

When I focus on that “thing” instead of Christ, I teeter in my faith. And if I walk sideways in the faith too long, I can even begin to spin the Truth to make me feel better. Or listen to ear-ticklers or flatterers or fish for compliments or praise. Or eat or spend…or or or.

On the other hand, when my focus is fixed on Christ instead of all that other stuff, my faith is strengthened. The whole world can be spinning around me, but because I’m leaning on Him, I’m able to keep my balance, feet firmly planted on His solid ground. It’s called God-confidence.

If this sounds too simple, it’s because it is. God is not the One who makes this life complicated, we are. That doesn’t mean it’s never painful or that we always walk around with a huge grin on our faces…it means that He is able to keep us standing strong in faith and Truth as we depend on His resources.

I’m fixing my eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith, who has given me every resource I need for life and godliness, who defeats the lie that this life is too hard or that I deserve a struggle-free life or that He’s not big enough for this thing or that. Or or or…

None of us need a new spin on things. Rather, we need to stand on His timeless Truth, focusing on His character, His magnificence, His holiness, His grace, His abilities…all for His glory.

Look UP. Your shining Savior stands strong, steady & ready to save.

THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,

Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.

Hebrews 12:1-3, Amplified

“To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” Jude 1:24-25

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14 Responses to A New Spin on Things

  1. Debbie Engle says:

    This encouraging analogy helped me to focus on the thing that truly matters. I appreciate the lesson.

  2. Maria says:

    The Lord placed your reference Scripture – Hebrews 12:1 on my heart over the weekend and I have been meditating on it. Now to hear it again from you, is confirmation that this is a Word for me. I’m praying for discernment and the Lord is speaking mightily to me. He’s been faithful to the point of given me a list of the things that are throwing me off. Very surprising things! Keep sharing!

  3. Laury says:

    Yes, what Debbie said:) Great words for today and always. It seems the world is spinning out of control some days. I’m so glad we have Jesus to look to to keep us walking straight – right to Him.

    Praying you get answers this Thursday, too, Laura. Praying hard!
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  4. Janis says:

    Amen sweet sister!!! Why does man need to modify, change, or spin the perfect word of our GOD. It’s GOD’s word and the more you allow him to be your “balance” in life the more clear HIS word becomes to you! GOD is GOD period!!!

  5. Your “or or or”s made me laugh–it really can be a million things. Why can’t we learn this simple lesson–to rely on Jesus–and then apply it to EVERY area of our lives?
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  6. Nothing worse than being dizzy and nauseated – by the way – artificial sweeteners were doing it to me (the sugar alcohols and also sacchrine) Let us know how you do at the MDs? Thanks for good piece on being in balance!
    Marijo Phelps recently posted..Do Not Let Guilt Overwhelm You into Inaction

  7. Joanne Sher says:

    Praying for tomorrow’s appointment – and thank you for this reminder. Keeping my focus where it NEEDS to be.
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  8. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Glad to know you are encouraged and helped, Debbie. That’s our God! Much love, sister.

  9. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Praise be to God! I’m often reminded in those ways too, Maria. He will continue to be faithful. Thanks for sharing. 😉

  10. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Really appreciate your prayers. I know you have been there. Love you, Laury love.

  11. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Speak it, sis. God is not only the balance in my everyday, He’s my everything! So glad we are on the journey together.

  12. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Great question. You know what? Let’s just keep asking and let Him do the applying…The One who calls us is faithful, and HE will do it! 😀

    No “ors” about that. 😉 So thankful to pray alongside you and share in the everyday with you, Lisa.

  13. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thank you, precious Marijo. I will keep you posted. Much love!

  14. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks for prayers, Jo. God is faithfulllll! Love you, sis.

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