Four Ways to Get “Unstuck”
Do you feel stuck? Are you bogged down in that infamous rut in life?
Perhaps you feel like it is day after day after long day … of the same old, same old.
It might seem like there are no real highs in life but there are no real lows either.
When you think of words that describe your life you come up with words like these:
If that is how you feel – I can guarantee you that is not where the Lord wants you to live. He wants you to experience His rich abundance and extravagant joy every day that you are breathing in the oxygen of planet earth!
The Lord wants you to have a spring in your step and a sparkle in your eye regardless of your finances, your health or your relationships.
How about if I do a little life coaching today? Let me be practical yet hopeful as we wade through the tenacious mud that has you in its grip.
Four Ways to Get “Unstuck”
1 – Be grateful.
If you have read my blog for any length of time you must know by now that I believe that having a thankful heart is the cure for just about everything.
An attitude of appreciation is the miracle cure for the blues.
Expressing gratitude has the power to set you in your very destiny.
Just being thankful every day can change a heart of bitterness into a heart of blessing.
So … today… write out three things for which you are grateful and then share those three things with someone. Write them on Facebook. Phone a friend and tell him or her about the things for which you are thankful. Spend some time in prayer just thanking the Father for the life you have been given.
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and not being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” – Colossians 2: 6 & 7
2 – Do something new and adventurous! I dare you!
Read a book by an author whose work you have never read.
If you are a couch potato – go for a walk.
If you are an exercise addict – go to the library.
Make a new friend at work or at church and ask them out for coffee.
Investigate a new hobby.
Go to a different grocery store.
Visit a new coffee shop.
If you are organized and legalistic in life … buy flowers and eat ice cream.
If you are a free spirit … balance your checkbook or organize your closet.
Plan a vacation to a place that you have never visited.
Discover a new place of service at your church. You might consider teaching a Sunday School class … or working in the nursery once a month … or helping with hospital visitation.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” – II Corinthians 5:17
3 – Tell someone.
Who is your closest friend? Who do you trust?
Perhaps you could take that person out to lunch and tell them that you feel stuck in life. Ask for their advice and then listen.
“For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” – Proverbs 24:6
You might not agree with everything that they say but allow their wisdom to sink deeply in the crevices of your heart. Ponder their insight and choose two or three of their suggestions and then do them!
Ask your friend to pray for you before the conversation ends. Also ask your friend to hold you accountable to make some changes in your life.
4 – Pray.
Ask the Lord to change some things in your life. Although we serve the God Who never changes – He sure does love to stir up change!
“Behold I will do something new, now it will spring forth – will you not be aware of it? I will make a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:19
Ask the Lord for new vision and for new enthusiasm for life. He is the only One who is able to give you the power and the strength to get out of the rut that has trapped you.
He is well able to give you new ideas … new relationships … divine appointments … and unique creativity! Ask Him for it … and then expect it to follow.
Be expectant that the Lord is going to blow exciting winds of change your way - and then hold on tight because you might just be in for the ride of your life!
Thanks for listening to my heart this week. As you know by now, my heart is truly not a perfect heart but it is a heart that is filled to overflowing with gratitude for the life I have been given and for the people who walk with me. And, it continues to be a heart that is relentlessly chasing after God and all that He is!