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Life comes at us full speed ahead. And often there’s no time to digest one experience before we’re off to the next. But our souls need adequate space to process the important matters of life.

We were not designed to inhale food. Food must be adequately chewed to receive its nutrients.

And while a liquid diet might speed up our initial consumption, it must still work through our digestive system to receive any benefits.

Our souls function in a similar way.

When we simply intake the experiences of life without taking the time to digest them we remain unchanged and stunted in growth.

Taking the time to process allows us to chew on our experiences and receive all they have to offer.

This is not to dwell on the past but rather to drink deeply of the meaningful moments of our life.

Certainly it takes time to process big things such as weddings and births, deaths and major illnesses. But there’s much in our daily life we do well to process also.

For example, a passing comment that makes us smile, a hard but good conversation with a friend, or a spontaneous moment of lovemaking with our wife.

It’s easy to overlook our everyday experiences as we quickly move to the next.

But a deeper meaning and joy is discovered as we give ourselves space to process.

Perhaps, like Mary, we simply hold the experience in our hearts, share it with another, or write it out.

However we process it there is an intentional chewing on the experience to receive all that God has for us in it.

A richness is missed when we merely take in the experiences of life without any meaningful reflection.

Make the space to process and live with a deeper appreciation in your life.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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