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I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet-by Heidi McLaughlin

Posted: June 14, 2020

I knew there was trouble the moment I woke up and set my feet on the floor. The room was spinning and the earth moved under my feet. I’ve had dreams where I’m stuck in a wobbly elevator or trying to walk over an unsteady foot bridge, and I intensely dislike the feeling of my body being out of control.

If you’ve ever had vertigo you know the feeling.  Hanging onto walls while walking from room to room and fighting the nausea. When you turn the wrong way you spiral into a dark, black hole. I know many people feel like they are in “vertigo” mode right now. With Covid-19 nothing feels solid and trustworthy. We’re trying to hang onto what normal we had, but find ourselves venturing into bottomless unknown territory. How do we stop the spinning?

To find what is solid, good and true we have to be intentional about our pursuits.  There are too many untruths in the news, too much unreliable fear and too many untrue stories.  So what is true?

Many are familiar with the story in the Bible of the man who built his house on the sand and the one who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-27). The man who built his house on God’s promises, His truths and trusting Him every day, survived the rain, wind and storms. But the man who chose to ignore God’s word and put his trust in the stock market, opinions, twitter, Facebook or other news, soon felt the sand move and shift under his feet.  What does it look like for you and me to find solid ground while the planet is shifting?

  1. Decide. Every day when you wake up make an intentional decision. Even though everything is uncertain, will you believe God is God of hope and that He still has a good future for you? Daily chose to read God’s word, lay your concerns at the foot of the cross, pray continually and trust Him for that day.
  2. Chose. Are your friendship circles uplifting or speaking doomsday? One negative news statement can send a whole group spiralling into a defeatist mode. Before you know it everyone is grumbling and complaining. Surround yourself with friends and groups who speak life, hope and who chose to stand on God’s promises.

Thankfulness doesn’t chance your circumstances, it changes your perspective.

  1. Be thankful. I believe thankfulness is the most powerful rock of God’s truths. It doesn’t change your circumstances but it changes your perspective, thought pattern and stops the spiralling, Remembering God’s promises that are “yes” and “Amen” bring hope and we learn to be content no matter what life throws at us. A thankful spirit survives anything. Trust me, I know.

Many of us feel a little shaky these days, but just like my vertigo…it passes. I had to watch my movements, chose not to look the wrong way or get discouraged. Today chose to stand on the solid rock of Jesus Christ’s promises and truth, believing that your story is still unfolding to help you live your best life. Which one of those three steps will you own? God be with you.



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2 responses to “I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet-by Heidi McLaughlin”

  1. Sandra Hunt says:

    Thank you for these encouraging words Heidi.
    I inderstand the vertigo trail as well and it can be easy to loose Hope but like you mentioned we need to choose joy and lay our burdens down at the cross DAILY.
    Many blessings and I am thankful for you and your heart.

    • hmclaughlin says:

      Thank you dear Sandra for reading this article and your encouraging words. Yes…we need to choose joy every day.
      Hugs and blessings, Heidi

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