Pushing the reset button

Pushing the reset button is a nightly occurrence at our house, and this is the part where I have to make a confession: lately, we’ve been eating our evening meal in the living room while watching reruns of Alias. (I know, I know; we should eat at the table and talk about our day, reconnect—practice what you preach, Susan.) I’m just gonna’ blame Jennifer Garner and all those fantastic outfits and ever changing hair colors.



Here’s where the reset comes into the picture: we use Amazon Firestick to watch TV and inevitably it stops working right at the part where Sydney Bristow is about to get captured by the bad guy. It’s maddening.

Roger has to get up, turn the TV around and do whatever it is he does to that little Firestick to reset it.

The only way we can continue to watch “our show,” is to reset the connection and my husband is the only one who knows how to reset it. (Note to self: have him write down the process in case it happens when he’s not here. Never mind: if he’s not here, I’ll just turn off the TV and read a book.)

It’s the running joke at our house… if anything ever happens to Roger, I’d have to sell the TV because I’m pretty much clueless to how he has it all set up.


If you don’t know the setup, there’s no way you’ll know how to do a reset. Click To Tweet


I may not know how to reset the TV, but I have learned how to reset my heart.

Its all about re-establishing connection with the Father


It’s all about connection.


At the beginning I mentioned we have a nightly reset, but our main reset happens first thing every morning, and yes it does involve coffee. Even Jesus doesn’t want to spend time with me before I’ve had that first cup.

First, I pour my coffee, then I pore over His Word. I pour out all the junk that’s cluttering up my heart and then I ask the Holy Spirit to do what He does best:


I ask Him to give me a reset


Ask the Holy Spirit for a reset


A Spiritual reset is all about re-establishing connection with the Father. It’s just like that Firestick: without that connection, there’s no reception. If you want to receive a television broadcast, first you have to have a connection.


If you want to hear from the Lord, you have to be connected. Connection comes before reception. Click To Tweet


I don’t know about you, but I need to hear a heavenly broadcast every morning BEFORE I’m confronted by the news of the world.


I need to be informed before I can be reformed Click To Tweet


  • What story does the Father want to tell me about himself today?
  • Where does He want me to go?
  • Who does He want me to help?


Why do I prefer to get my reset first thing in the morning?

Simple. I need a reminder.


Coffee and Scripture

Take this morning, for example. My waking thoughts on blog day usually go something like this:


  • I have nothing to say that hasn’t been said before
  • Nobody will notice if I skip this week
  • She’s a better writer than me
  • Is this really how God wants me to spend my time?


Bleary-eyed and weary from tossing and turning all night, those thoughts sounded true.


Your waking thoughts aren't always reliable


We forget the truth and need to remind ourselves who He is, whose we are and who He says we are, especially first thing in the morning.


Our minds need a reset


“…set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.” Col 3:2-3 AMPC


I like how The Passion translation says it:


“Your crucifixion with Christ has severed the tie to this life, and now your true life is hidden away in God in Christ. And as Christ himself is seen for who he really is, who you really are will also be revealed, for you are now one with him in his glory!”


That’s the truth we reset to, over and over, morning by morning, day by day. Minute by minute, if necessary.

But Susan, you say—I’m busy; I’ve got kids to get ready for school in the morning, then I have to go to work. I take care of my parents, I’m sooo tired… I get it, friend. I’ve been there, too.


Resetting doesn’t depend on your energy levels or how much time you have.

It’s about desire.

It’s about your heart


Reset your heart


If all you have time to do is say, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” then go ahead and say it; He knows what you heart needs.

When your brain is too tired to study the Word, relax. Take a step outside and just be still for a moment. Listen to the birds, stare at the sky, feel the breeze. He is there.

Look up and say thank you.


There is grace here.


He is with us when we’re frenzied, and he is with us when we’re afraid.

We forget the most basic things about being a child of God. 


He is with us. He will never leave us or forsake us.


Resetting is about re-acknowledging and reaffirming our relationship. Click To Tweet


Jesus came to reset our relationship with the Father, a father whose heart is filled with compassion and mercy and is just waiting for us to return to Him. To come home.


The father is waiting for you


What about you, friend? Do you need to come home?

What is it you need Jesus to reset?

Your faith? Your relationships?

Have you tried to find life apart from Him and now you feel like you’ve lost your way?

Or maybe you’ve gotten so busy that you can’t even remember the last time you really spent time with Him.

Are you confused, frustrated or overwhelmed?


Could you use a reset?

All you need to do is ask.


“Because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Gal 4:6-7 NLT


The Father invites us to come home and to experience the reset our hearts long for.

The Father invites you to have a reset

How will you respond to His invitation?


Father, thank you that your heart towards us is always invitational and that Jesus made a way for us to come home to you. Our hearts and minds get so distracted and we are pulled in so many directions. Help us learn how to combat the noise and the lies and the busyness and all that the enemy does to separate us from you. We are restless. Would you reset our hearts?


If you want to do a deeper reset, read on:


Reset With Susan, a retreat for women


If you:

*are running on empty…

*need a fresh word from the Lord…

*long for rest and reflection…

*desire to do some soul-searching with a small group of like-minded women…

*would like the opportunity to refresh your soul and recharge your spirit…

We have created an event with you in mind.


Registration is open for Reset Retreat, held at beautiful Lake Gaston, NC October 4-6. You are invited to join us for a weekend of discovering how to live a Reset life. 

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