At least 2 -3 times a week, I find it helpful to exfoliate. When someone exfoliates they are removing the dead cells revealing the fresh new skin underneath.
Exfoliation is great for the heart too. It leaves your spirit super soft without stripping your identity. I highly recommend you willingly place yourself at least twice a week near someone who gets under your skin; someone who rubs you the wrong way. They will help you get rid of the dead stuff in your life and reveal a smoother nature underneath your tough exterior. As you go near, bless those who curse you. Love those who are not lovable. Pray for those who persecute you or say harsh things to you. In doing so, you will be become radiant as you leave the avenging to the Lord.
There was someone at work who was acting as an exfoliant to me, and no it didn’t feel good at all. I had to push past my feelings of irritation to see a different perspective of how this person could actually help me. Even though it didn’t appear she could help me one bit, I needed to trust that God uses the rough edges of people to help us become more polished ourselves. God will definitely use those who are the closest to you to make you more beautiful. Thank God for those who exfoliate you.
It is equally important for you to surround yourselves with people who moisturize you so that you do not become a dry irritated patch. Too much exfoliation from others can cause irritability in you leaving you short -tempered. If you are in a position where someone is exfoliating you everyday, then not only should you be in godly friendships to nurture you, pray for you and encourage you, but you may also need to set some healthy boundaries as to not affect your own spirit.
Ask yourself these healthy questions:
Aside from your spouse or the children you are rearing. Are you spending too much time with someone who is expecting too much from you and is drying you out? Then you may need to exfoliate them from your life. You know the saying, “bad company corrupts good morals.”
Are you unequally yoked with an unbeliever as a spouse? I am not an advocate of divorce. I do believe in divine reconciliation. However, if constant drama and friction is in the home, I do believe some separation often helps to renew the spirit and regain perspective. This is a whole study in itself, but the point I want to make for this statement is that the focus needs to be on you. Not what your spouse is doing or has done, but the point of separating yourself for a short time is so that you can be refreshed and rejuvenated. Go away to a retreat for a weekend (which I offer, click here for more details). Stay at a relatives or a close family member who wants to see your marriage work. Ask your spouse in kindness, to give you some space in your home to get away from the drama so you can examine your heart and motives for the dead stuff that is in your own heart. Take a long bath with candlelight and soft music. And I guarantee the moment you start working on you, the Lord will start working on your spouse.
Try using a dab of Zechariah 13:9. I love how it truly removes any dirt from the surface and goes deep down beneath bone and marrow. Ah! I am refreshed. I hope you are too!
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