Questions for our Souls
A few days ago, one of our daily readings was from Psalm 42:5 - Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him. It reminded me of some advice from 'Soul Keeping' by John Ortberg about speaking to our souls. (see the full post here).
John Ortberg said:
Not long ago I got really angry at somebody. Finally I literally stopped in my tracks because I was so immersed in anger and said, "Soul why you so angry?" Something interesting happened. I found that I just began to pray, and it was like God saying to me, "John, you are your not your anger." It's like my soul had a place to stand with God, and we could talk sensibly about my anger, even as it ebbed from my soul.
So this got me thinking about the sort of questions we might ask our souls. Here are some I have come up with and started to experiment with. You might like to try them or try your own. I would love to hear about your experiences.
My soul, why are you frustrated?
My soul, why are you tired?
My soul, why are you worried?
My soul, why are you tempted to .....?
My soul, why are you getting distracted from God so easily?
My soul, what do you remember about God's goodness?
My soul, what are some of the things you can praise God for?
My soul, are you open to receiving some more of God's joy, peace and contentment?
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