Ever find yourself seemingly stuck in an endless funk? You feel as if you are held in a period of time where life seems to have dealt you a series of gloomy circumstances, in which your feet seem stuck in the drudgery of daily obligations.
The sound of your heart pangs instead of beating, your vision is clouded with the obscurity of worry and anxiety. The days appear to blur together and you simply feel that life is just too much to handle! So you sit down… and you stay there… You stay in a funk, stay tired, stay immobile, stay gloomy, stay unfocused, stay, worried, anxious and overwhelmed.
Time to get Steady: You are not obligated to remain in this season! You have a choice, to stay or choose to get up. Getting up means also mean looking forward. It is important that you remain to look forward, while moving forward. If you are looking behind you, you will stumble.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because they trust in You (Lord).” – Isaiah 26:3
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze is straight before you.” Proverbs 4:25
Psalm 57:7 “My heart, God, is steadfast… ” This writer goes on to say that he will sing and even make music! His praise offers hope even in the midst of trial.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”
Get Ready: Focus on what is good. The best way to squash the two “Negative Nelly sound entrance ramps to your brain,” your ears, is to control what comes out of the exit ramp, your mouth!© Get ready to center your thoughts on what is going well, even if it is only ONE small thing. Now get ready for this, good news, given the world, a HUGE gift of perfect goodness, Jesus. Focus on Him.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” – Philippians 4:6-8
Get Up: Jesus gives strength when there is none. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Ask Him to give you a renewed hope to push past the dark days and move in the right direction with His guidance. Then get up knowing He is with you.
Get Prayed Up: Sometimes in your funk, things may seem so gloomy, you just may not know how to pray, so just start talking to God, just talk to him. He is always ready to listen to whatever you have to say, yes He even wants to hear your cries of pain, sadness, guilt or even disappointment! He loves you, He attends to the cries of your heart as well as the praises of your heart. Prayer is part a beautiful ongoing relationship with the Lord, that grows as you continue to spend time with Him.
Romans 8:26-28 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Time for Advance: As you steady your feet, get up, and get prayed up, you’re ready for advance, to begin doing good works within your life and within the lives of others. Doing good works is also a work of self-discipline. You may not always feel like doing good things, yet the more you do things that are good the Lord equips and prepares you in advance to do good works! Wow, how amazing is that!
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Advance the kingdom in your home! What does that mean? Love your family like Jesus loves you! Find opportunities to do good things for your family. Forgive others quickly. Create a happy environment wherever you are. Bring a spirit of unity where there is division, just as Jesus did. Boldly show love even on days where love is the hardest emotion to show, that’s advancement!
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
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