How to Keep Your Heart Engaged in Life through Tough Times
When we’re tired, disappointed, or hurt, our hearts want to shut down. We want to withdraw and protect ourselves. But if I can keep my heart awake and engaged as I walk through those times, I am going to come out on the other side with a wiser heart, a purer heart, a heart that is more empathetic towards others and a heart that is more in tune with God and with myself. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Stay engaged with God. When you don’t understand, keep worshiping. Keep talking to him. Tell Him how you feel. Ask questions, but don’t distance your heart. Trust in His goodness. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Stay engaged with community. I’m all for boundaries when someone is being injured by a relationship, but boundaries are not supposed to KEEP us FROM community. Keep showing up, keep sharing your life. Sometimes giving is the best thing you can do when going through a tough time cause it takes your eyes off yourself and puts them on others. Respond to texts, go to church, show up at parties and family dinners. You need them, and you know what? They need who you are. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Stay engaged with yourself. Don’t be hard on yourself. Allow yourself to feel. Allow yourself to process with someone you trust and who has proven their love for you. Be honest and real, but keep your heart soft. I’ve found one of the best ways to do this is to say out loud what I’m grateful for, even when I’m struggling.