Monday, May 5, 2014

Slump Lessons

1 Chronicles 16:11 (NLT)
Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him.

Slump Lesson #1 – Tell a Friend

My first step out of the slump was naming the season and telling my group.   I was wandering around my pity party all alone, not knowing where I was or why.  Opening the door to my heart helped me gain perspective and gave me hope. 

Slump Lesson #2 – Don’t forget God

Of course, I didn’t forget God!  In fact, preparation for my groups was about all I was doing.  Even though I was listening to sermon after sermon, reading Scripture and searching YouTube for discussion-worthy messages, it was all just research.  Notice I wasn’t inspired to blog because this is not mere information.  God works through my heart in this blog and, remember, my heart was having a private party.

The calendar indicated that I should have been filled with Easter’s resurrection power.  But I wasn’t.  I had forgotten God’s power and strength in me.  I had forgotten God’s personal interest in the condition of my heart.  I had forgotten to seek His face.  The hours I spent busily researching were not the quiet rest I needed in His arms.  I read over and over (and I tell you the same) that we need quiet time with God.  Perhaps that’s good advice.

What is your season?  Identify it.  Give it a name.  Then whatever it is, wonderful or awful, tell a friend and share your heart with God.  We're not meant to do life alone.

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