Friday, October 26, 2012

Trigger Points and Trip Wires

Several years ago, Lee & I did an Campus Missionary in Training (CMIT) internship for Chi Alpha at the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

We learned a lot that year...a whole lot...

One of the things that I remember was a special session that Sean Smith did just for the 4 of us interns.

He talked about Trigger Points and Trip Wires...

Trip Wires 

These are the things that trip you up. The things that bring you down. The attacks that the enemy of your soul uses to get to you...

This can be temptations or things that happen regularly that you need to be aware of. 

For instance, Lee often recognizes that when he gets really tired, he starts getting negative. He'll say, "I just need to shut up and go to bed." I think that takes a lot for him to recognize that. He could keep talking to me...even if it is negative about whatever is going on in our life...and it really wouldn't hurt anything - or so I think. But instead of allowing the poison to spread...he just stops and gets ready for bed...or a nap...

Dr. David Remedios, a wonderful man of God who is a nationally known surgeon, pastor/evangelist, and a husband and father of 5, taught us about "HALT" - you should always halt (stop) when you are:

Lee and I have lived by may take us a little time to recognize that we need to stop and meet one of these needs because it is influencing our attitude and behavior or thoughts...

Another trip wire for me is pride. I can get caught up on what I am good I am feeling about what I'm doing...instead of being humble...instead of bringing glory to God. Or I have a sense a false humility...which is awful. 

Just being transparent here. 

There are more trip wires in my life. And some of them I am not aware of until after I've tripped and fallen into the trap. It's important to recognize this...and journaling has really helped. As I re-read and reflect, I can see something that I may not be able to see in the moment. That's why it is important for me to be honest and consistent in my journaling. 

Trigger Points

These are the things that bring you up....that lift you up when you are down. 

This can be songs, Scripture verses, people, places, prayer times, journaling...

It's important to also be aware of these things in your life. Even when you don't feel like getting out of the pit that you are in, it is vital that you get back up!!! These are the things you need to make that happen. 

There are people in my life who I know I can call, text, Facebook, bring encouragement into my life. It's too easy now with technology for me to try to stay alone and wallow in my sorrows. And most of these people are not around me every I have to reach out to them...and be honest about where I'm at and what I need. And they don't mind helping me!!!

I also have a worship playlist...and an up-beat dance playlist on my computer that I can listen to...and it really does lift my spirits!! 

Trust me, there are times when I don't want to seems more fun in my pity party. But Jesus didn't die for my sins for me to have a pity party...

John 10:10 (NIV)
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
I don't want my life to be destroyed...I want to live it to the full!!!
It's important that if you do get tripped...get up!! Be more cautious about what is causing you to trip...take note of the people you are around, the things that you are listening to and watching... and be ready to have the things in your life to lift you up.
I had baby blues really bad after Bella. I think I had post-partumn depression, but I just didn't get treated for it. I was a mess, and Lee didn't know what to do with me. It was so rough. So when I was at the end of my pregnancy with Brennan, I prepared myself as much as I could. I got new haircut...and I had specifically saved money for things that I knew would make me feel better. Honestly, I'm doing the same thing for this pregnancy as well. I'm preparing myself. I have a series of things that I know will make me feel better. I have a ton of books (most for free) on my Kindle that I'll be able to read during feedings and times when I may be at home by myself. I invested my birthday money in skin care that I know will adjust with my changing hormones. I want to be prepared to keep myself lifted!!!!
We all go through seasons...and some seasons are more difficult than others. But there is no way that you can "stay up" all the time...but when you know that you are is your responsibility to get yourself "up" - NOT someone else's!! So do your best to know what trips you and knocks you down and then what (and who) can help lift you back up again!!  


  1. I was really blessed by this blog, Bri! I remember Lee talking about HALT on our Greece trip. I have remembered that ever since. I really like what you said about it being our responsibility to get ourselves "up" and not someone else's. That is such a true statement and great reminder! Thank you!

    1. thanks Sam!!! I appreciate the encouragement!! Hope that you are doing well!!!!

  2. Such a good post and just what I needed. Your such a great writer. Really coulda used a nice trip to visit yall to trigger some happy times :) But got my ticket confirmation yesterday for Jan!!!

    1. thanks Syl!! We would have loved to have you here, but I'm excited about January!!!! We'll be ready for you!!!!!!!!

  3. hi! I have stumbled upon your blog and i am SO encouraged by it! I went to YMI with you and Lee YEARS ago (it was before y'all began dating, lol) but i just wanted to tell you how blessed i am by your blogs! i love them and it's encouraged me to become more of an encouragement in my blogging. :)

    1. thanks Mistee! I do remember you!!! I appreciate your encouraging words! and I hope that your blog explodes! I've had a lot of fun blogging...and I am looking forward to the possibilities that blogging has for me! I know it has the same potential for you!!!!

  4. Oh wow. Thank you for this post, I felt myself slipping into an abyss a few days ago, I prayed and wrote in my journal like never before. I see that I really needed a day out of the house and away from my normal routine. I had lunch with some friends and the fellowship with them and conversations about God really lifted my spirits. I realized that I was not taking care of myself. I was ignoring my own needs. Thank you for this wonderful reminder.