Sometimes, I have a tendency to procrastinate. “Why do today what I can put off until tomorrow.” I know it’s not the best philosophy, but in some respect it helps me to prioritize – sort of. So when it comes to revising my spiritual vision board (the physical version) as opposed to the super easy and quick computerized version. I will admit, I simply kept putting it off for another day. But as I’ve shared in various workshops, for some reason there seems to be more of a spiritual connection to the creation of the physical version compared to the computerized version. I believe that the Holy Spirit works best through us when we are physically creating our prayer requests with our hands.
So I spent perhaps 3 days or so this weekend going through various magazines not only looking for new images, affirmations and mantras; but also seeking inspiration and encouragement. Somehow this 3 day process seemed different from all the other revision processes. I felt compelled to not just revise my board but make sure that I was realigning my purpose. When God has something new for you or a different level that He is preparing you for, He may take you on a different path. We just need to be open to it.
Some of the old images, affirmations, etc. that I removed simply weren’t getting the usual results. I went through the same process as before, using the same steps as before. But again something was different. So I took a step back, glanced over my pile of images and affirmations and simply asked God for more guidance. Then the following phrase resonated in my spirit “dead prayer.”
Dead prayer – what does that mean? It didn’t take me long to determine what God was showing me. Some of the old requests of images were no longer relevant to what God desires for me. What I once prayed for was small in comparison to His plans for me. As believers we need to produce fruit. Our purpose and our actions should be an illustration to others of who we are in Christ.
Some of you may be familiar with the term dead works, which is works of our hands. In Proverbs we learn when we reason, our plan may seem correct, but when we are guided by a higher power and choose not to lean on our own understanding then those works of the flesh – which are dead, can transition into light (14:12). Therefore I urge you, to consider the importance of the 4th step in your spiritual vision board process. Take time to pray, meditate and allow God to direct your path, your selection of images, affirmations and mantras. Again lean not to your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5) .