Life Triggers

Life Triggers

We all have triggers in life that cause us to be reactive…I’ve learned that these are opportunities to take a look inside my heart, and find out what’s going on.

For me, I’ve been finding myself getting irritated lately. Over stupid things, really. 🤦🏻‍♀️


I sat down this morning and began to journal. I searched my heart in more depth, rather than just believing these outward life irritants were my problem, and I started to see what’s in my heart that I’m not facing.

Often times life triggers will reveal something in our hearts that needs a touch from Jesus. I write about this concept in my book, Life is Muddy.

I’ve been in physical pain for several years in two areas of my body, and I’m becoming more and more limited in my physical activities. Even more, I fell down my stairs five weeks ago and my ankle hurts worse today then it did when I first fell. Physical pain can really mess with our emotions if we leave that unchecked, am I right?!? 🙇🏻‍♀️

As I dug deep in my heart in this regard, the Lord highlighted where I’m disappointed that He hasn’t healed me. I’ve witnessed creative miracles and divine healing my whole life, including praying for people and watching Jesus heal miraculously through me.

Why was I left in pain?

This thought dropped into my mind as I was being honest before the Lord and He showed me where I was relying on my fitness plan, but lazy with my nutrition, and it’s time to get back on track. I know the Holy Spirit was revealing where I have not taken care of me like I used to nutritionally. It’s time for me to take back that area of my life, and trust God with a healing plan for my pain.

He knows my heart to heal as naturally as possible, and He has the perfect plan for me.

I began to write out what is within my ability to “control” and my responsibilities…a plan of action. Then I wrote out and released each thing that was weighing in that I do not have the ability to control, fully giving it to Him.

I still believe that Jesus can touch my body and heal me in one second, but sometimes we have to walk out our healing journeys. Today, God showed me my first step. My eyes are back on Him!

If you find yourself getting triggered by life, irritated and lacking peace, get with God. Take an honest evaluation of your own heart, and find out where God might want to do an inward work in you.

It’s easy to focus outwardly, especially with all that’s swirling around us, but that will never lead us toward our personal healing and victory that is ours through Jesus.

God cares so much for us individually, and life distractions are our biggest enemy. Satan knows this. And as long as we stay focused on all that’s going on around us, we miss these sweet and simple moments where Jesus wants to meet us, and heal us personally.

Stop, connect and let Him in. ♥️, J

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Jillian Ahonen, wife, mom to five, and founder of Jillian Ahonen Ministries, is real, relatable, and passionate about seeing lives transformed through God’s overwhelming love and power. Click to learn more about Jillian and her Ministries. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Life is Muddy (book) now available!

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