4 Principles to Keep from Crumbling Beneath all the Hard

Pastor Rachel Billups

Count your blessings, name them one by one.  Count your blessings see what God has done

Growing up, I used to sing these words in my little country church.  They were a reminder that no matter how challenging the circumstances you find yourself in, there are blessings worth counting.  It’s a matter of gratitude.

I must admit that I had more attitude than gratitude when I discovered that 6 weeks after having COVID I’m still testing positive. As result I am not able to fulfill my exploration trip to Israel.

Real bummer!

But this week a friend asked me a question, “Rachel what’s kept you from crumbling beneath all the hard of the last 3 years?”

Great question!  And it got me thinkin’. Maybe the way I do it can help you do it, too…

Here are the four principles I follow to keep myself from crumbling and centered in Christ.

 1.  Lead Yourself Well

Prayer, Bible reading and reflection, rest and retreat, running, healthy eating, weightlifting… these are all personal disciplines that order my life.

2.  Hang with People who Build You Up

For me, it’s my covenant group of clergy women and mentors like Papa Mike Slaughter, Jorge Acevado and Adam Hamilton, and friends like Jacob Armstrong and Matt Rawle.

3.  Find a Spiritual Director or Leadership Coach

This is someone who is not afraid to tell you the truth. Ellen, my spiritual director helps me stay integrated, balanced and grounded.

4.  Pursue Mental Health & Counseling

I’ve been working on this one for a while and finally have been able to find a counselor to help me with some deep healing that I need.  Lately I’ve felt a bit crispy.

What better time than the 40 days of Lent to take a deep dive into what is keeping us from living the abundant life that Jesus promises in John 10:10!

If you feel like you’re crumbling, we’re here to help. Email care@ginghamsburg.org.

So I’m not traveling to Israel yet…..but I am blessed beyond compare to be on mission with you and surrounded by people who keep me from crumbling!

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Rachel Billups
Senior Pastor | Ginghamsburg Church