Hi friends! I wanted to get on here real quick and follow up with the last entry I posted a little over a week ago. If you missed it you can catch it here!
In that post I discussed getting out of the pits that we often find ourselves in; in this post I’ll share a few ways that I’ve found have helped me in doing so.
The past 8-9 months that I’ve been in a funk I’ve kept saying to myself “I’ve gotta get right before I can go to God”. I’ve kept Him at a distance because I had to get myself right first. I was driving myself mad trying to make sense of so many things I didn’t understand and trying to make it right.
I believed this stupid, religious lie from satan that says “you can’t go to God with your mess, you’ve gotta be right to go to Him”. But the truth is Jesus just wants to be with us. If we’re not ready to deal with the mess that’s fine- He just wants to sit with us in our mess.
And as we allow Him to sit with us He begins to do a work in our hearts that gives us the strength to stand up and start making our way out of the pit. So, how do we press on to know the Lord as the writer says in Hosea 6:3 ?
First, I had to be set free from old ways of thinking. I had developed thought patterns that were keeping me in a holding place and causing me to keep God at a distance.
One thing that was huge in liberating me was realizing that I was limiting God to my understanding. I WAS leaning on my own understanding and because things didn’t make sense in my cute, little, head then it must’ve meant God was wrong.
But, I didn’t receive that revelation by twiddling my thumbs… I had to read my bible. You can’t renew your mind with truth if you don’t know truth. How do we find truth? By reading, talking, & praying.
Second thing that was and has always been huge in me pressing on to know the Lord was worship. I don’t always want to worship. I don’t always wanna sing about His plans being for my good; especially if current circumstances don’t feel that way.
But worship brings breakthrough.
You don’t have to be in church to worship & it doesn’t have to be a long time. It can be in your car as you drive ten minutes to work. It can be one line from a song that you keep singing to yourself while you shower. It can be a song you sing while changing diapers. Or, it can be an extended amount of time in your bedroom.
I made the decision that I was gonna take every opportunity presented to me to worship. And not just worship to check it off my list and show God what a good Christian I am. But rather true, raw, sometimes nasty snot, worship.
Few quick things that have also helped me:
Fasting: it’s a must for believers. I never want to do it but I’m always grateful I did. God always honors the sacrifices we make.
Writing: hello! I think so much I have to write or my brain will explode. Sometimes it’s just a little blurb, other times its pages. It’s good to get your thoughts on paper where you can see them and start to go through them without getting overwhelmed.
Counseling: Just do it! We all have picked up junk throughout our lives and its healthy to have someone who is unbiased to help talk you through it.
I challenge you to make a list of some of your unhealthy thought patterns and on another piece of paper write down truth. For example:
“God didn’t do ___ like I thought He would. Is He a liar?”
“God is not man that He should lie. Period. I don’t know why things didn’t go as expected but I can rest in knowing I serve a God of truth.”
Something I wrote down too was:
Disappointment…. makes a way for redemption.
Brokenness…. makes a way for true joy.
I hope this helps you in some way or another. Talk to wise, loving, tender, honest, friends. Pray, even if its just “help me”. Let scripture renew your mind and little by little you’ll be on your way to being out of the pit and into a new season.