Regrouping according to Merriam-Webster: To reorganize (as after a setback) for renewed activity; to alter the tactical formation of a military force
Spiritual Regrouping: Refers to those times when our emotions are running us rather than our faith in Christ. We spiritually regroup when we confess our fears, anger, bitterness, pride, etc, as sin against God. We spiritually regroup when we choose to trust Him to work out His Perfect Plan for our ultimate good and His Glory
One of the things I appreciate about writing, is how the Lord pulls the various concepts in my head together to see a much larger picture. In this case, it involves spiritual regrouping. It is based on Christ’s invitation to surrender our troubles to Him:
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
Rather than approaching life (and the problems associated with living) on our own, Christ invites us to discover His peace in the midst of those battles. In this self-sufficient world that has largely forgotten God, spiritual regrouping is a concept that is largely unknown, yet is greatly appreciated by those who discover its benefits. It is a concept that has grown my faith in vast ways and is also the foundation of all the Counseling offered at His Glory SM. It is through the process of spiritual regrouping that the light of hope enters and change becomes a genuine possibility.
In essence, spiritual regrouping is a call back to the basics of our faith in Christ. The process of spiritual regrouping is divided into two parts. The first part takes ownership of a problem–no matter what its source. The following provides an outline of the very personal process of spiritual regrouping:
- STOP AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH . . .
- S-L-O-W-L-Y AND PRAYERFULLY EXHALE as you approach God by confessing your need to regroup (to make things right with Him): “Thank You Jesus that You came into this world to save me from myself for Yourself. Please forgive me for __________ and help me now.”
- CONFESS your need for more of Him: “Forgive me for giving way to fear . . . for my rotten attitude when things appear out of control and I lose sight of You.”
THANK GOD for His love, mercy and forgiveness: (1) For convicting your heart as you seek His wisdom and direction; (2) for helping you move toward His path that is already marked out for you (Hebrews 12:1 and 13.) (3) All too often we ask for forgiveness but fail to take ownership of it. This is a critical piece of spiritual regrouping.
“Thank You God for freeing me from my sins
so that I may live for, love and serve YOU
with a glad heart!”*
The second part–THE CRITICAL PIECE of making and maintaining the changes spiritual regrouping provides–is to continue to keep God’s wisdom and influence fresh daily in your mind. I strongly recommend a process I developed for depressed Clients thirty years ago called, Journey Notes Praise Journaling. I found early that Clients who did their Journey Notes each week between sessions made better progress than those who did not. In fact, the difference was so remarkable that I recommended it for all my Clients and started doing it myself. It was in my personal entries that I came up with the idea of writing out the Scripture at the top of the page with a red pen–mainly so that it would stand out on the page. As I kept going I noticed that many times some of my response to what God said at the top of the page also included Scripture that the Holy Spirit brought to mind. From that point I started writing anything from Scripture in red, resulting in being able to see a conversation that had taken place when I look back. The result was very encouraging and even exciting for me and for my Clients who started doing it.
No matter where you find yourself in your life experience–
be you just taking your first baby steps as a Christian,
or perhaps you have walked with Him for decades–
spiritual regrouping is a process that
will encourage and grow your faith in remarkable ways.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for He will freely pardon.”
(Verses 6 and 7)
All to His Glory!
*Galatians 5:1–“It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free. STAND FIRM, then, so that you will not be burdened again by a yoke of slavery!” (Emphasis mine)
Kathie this is so rich! I’m going to need to read this again and soak it all in. Thank you for sharing the wisdom you’ve gained from faithfully pursuing Christ.
Totally my privilege; please pass it on to anyone else you know who may appreciate it. ❤️
I need to print this out! Thank you, for sharing your wisdom, Kathie… so good
Thank you, Heidi. I’m so grateful for how the Lord brought it together to be passed forward. He is soooooo good!