Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 7, 2020

When Stuck Attempts To Define Us

 “Behold I am doing a new thing:  now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)

Flipped my calendar to October and yet, despite the cool temps and colorful leaves, I still think I’m in March.  You know, the birthing of Spring only this year we birthed COVID.  I’ve been working from home for quite some time now – my morning routine hasn’t changed much. Workout clothes have become my all day attire and those same four walls appear smaller by the minute.

So, what’s a girl to do when life seems to be still,  but the calendar hasn’t stopped?  I decided to do one simple thing – I changed out Spring/Summer for Fall.  All my pretty aqua pillows and vases were tucked away.  Pumpkins and harvest blessings now decorate my home.  Simple change but profoundly changed my stagnant view and energized my spirit.

Bet we’ve all been there when we were the ones stuck in place.  Our routines unmoving.  Our circumstances unchanging.  Same morning greeted same night. Sad but true, comfort lurks in the midst of stuck and we often become afraid to do even one simple thing to welcome change.  Easy place to settle in at first but later guaranteed to disappoint.  Without embracing different or new, we will find ourselves stagnant and discouraged.

2020 may have landed us stuck at home or stuck in our routines, but we don’t have to finish out the year unmoveable.  Here’s some tips on letting go of what’s holding us back:

  • Humbly come before God and ask Him to reveal any areas where we are unwilling to move forward.
  • Embrace the Holy Spirit’s power strengthening us to start with even one small change, which will eventually culminate into greater things.
  • Trust God’s plan and not the one we see staring us in the face day after day.  Seek His perspective and trust in His promises.
  • Walk confidently in His love, grace and the love of the Body of Christ keeping us accountability to resist our comfort zone.
  • Rest in God’s favor – practice hopefulness and gratitude.
  • Develop healthy vision – align our perspective with God’s.

Sweet friends, let’s determine to not settle for the norm we’ve grown accustomed to in 2020. Intentionally choose to resist the tendency to deny the possibilities. Let’s seize every opportunity to enjoy the abundant life God desires for His children. 

“Father, You never desire for Your children to be stuck and stagnant – resistant to new adventures You delight in giving us.  Help us to embrace Your view and grow in our relationship with You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin

TRBC Women’s Life

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