I don’t know about you, but when I read or hear that word, something stirs within me to warn me of danger or to proceed with caution.
HALT is also an acronym of things we need to take a closer look at when they pop up in our radar.
If you answer yes to one or more of these, you need to HALT.
1)Take a moment to pray, and ask God what He wants to say about your hurt, anger, loneliness or tiredness.
2)Work through anything He reveals to you, and do what He directs you to do.
3) Not make any snap or rash decisions until you have fully done steps 1 & 2.
My allergies have been recently seriously stirred up by some forest fires in our area, and my sleep pattern is being impacted by the time zone difference of the Olympics. Yesterday, I got home from work & grocery shopping, and was hit by the desire to go to bed at 7:30pm. So I took a moment to pray, and felt that was the right decision for me. I was out cold within the hour. My daughter checked on me an hour later and could tell I was a bit congested, but sound asleep.
I woke up feeling revitalized, and tired is no longer on my HALT list, nor are any of the other emotions we often feel.
Friend, take a moment to check in with yourself.
HURT? ANGRY? LONELY?TIRED?
If so, head back up and put this action plan into action today.
And don’t forget, it’s okay to let others know that you are halting making any decisions until you finish sorting and processing your emotions.
PS. We don’t have to apologize for not giving someone an immediate answer if we are not ready to do so!
(Note: I am an avid Christian fiction reader, and this HALT concept was found in a sentence in a book I recently, and although I screenshot the quote, I can’t remember who wrote it. Sorry!!)