I know this isn’t an actual word…it’s an acronym that’s come to mean so much to my life. About a year ago I pledged to improve my life in four areas. These areas were: Spiritual, Emotional, Mental, Physical. I shortened them to a term that made sense to me and probably no one else. SEMP. I made this acronym and it’s become a term near and dear to my heart.
I’m going to let you in on my secrets and struggles in each of these areas, as well as the progress I’ve seen since about this time last year….yeah my first post here and you’re going to get a glimpse into the good, the bad and the ugly. What better way to start right? I’m going to work backwards. Start with the physical side of things and work my way to the spiritual side of life.
Physical: At the start of the year I had THE best intentions of getting back to the gym and whipping myself into shape. Then life kicked into high gear. January was hard this year. Namely because 2 people I knew well were arrested. Between that and losing 3 friends (a majority of the friends I had), it threw me into a depression…the type when you don’t want to do anything. That lasted through August. Since then, I can say I’ve lost nearly 10 pounds. It’s not great when looked at the context of the year, but it’s a start, and for that, I rejoice.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Mental: Even though it was tough, losing the friends I mentioned before did wonders for my mental state of mind. While I thought they were helping me with my struggles with insecurity and getting my mind focused on God, it turns out they were hindering me, something I didn’t realize until a few months ago. Aside from that, I’ve been getting more on track on keeping my mental state of mind healthy. Coming out of the depression helped…a lot. Also, I’ve challenged myself in this area by fasting from what I call “self-esteem boosters.” I have a bad habit of
annoyingly habitually asking my husband questions that were supposed to help my insecurity. This continues to be a struggle, but slowly it’s getting better.
“Open the gates
that the righteous nation may enter,
the nation that keeps faith.
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:2-3)
Emotional: This has been a harder area to pin-point this year. While not quite as many scenarios get me to tears, I find that I’m annoyed easier then I would have been before. I don’t exactly know why…guess I have some soul searching to do with this one. I cannot vision what emotional “wholeness” would be for me, but I cannot wait for my Creator to begin revealing what it is to look like in my life.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)
Spiritual: As strange as it may sound, this has been the easiest for me to manage. This past March, my friend and I devoted to reading through the bible in a year. We got a late start, which means we will finish late, but we have stuck through. Have I fallen behind? Sure, but I haven’t not read a day. On the flip side, my prayer life is probably the area I need to focus on the most right now as I press ahead. I found that the best way for me to pray is to journal my prayers, but if I don’t make time to do so, the praying just doesn’t get done as faithfully as I’d like. So I definitely need to make that a priority coming soon.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-8)
Where’s God been moving me in these areas? God has been leading me to reach out to others and show them the things that I have been learning (that’s a majority of what you’ll find in my posts). He’s used several hard experiences to show me that even when the world is so unstable, He is stable (something he’s been trying to
beat get into my head my entire life). He has also shown me who my real friends are and has given me an incredible group of supporters in the blog community to encourage me to keep the faith because it will pay off in the end.
How about you? Which area is the easiest in your life? Or the hardest? Why do you think so?