Wednesday, March 12, 2014

On Being Stuck...

In this week's Monday Quotable, I told you about how stuck I was feeling in several areas of my life. It seems the universe heard me. As many of you know, I believe in God and rely on my faith to get through a lot of life's challenges. In an effort to continue growing my faith, I signed up to receive daily devotionals a few years back. I now get them from several sources. Monday, after finishing my post I got a devotional about breaking out of a rut. It was called Getting "Unstuck." I smiled to myself at the coincidence. Then, today, I got part 2 of what appears to be a series about getting unstuck. I thought I'd share it with you. It was originally published as a daily devotional by Jentezen Franklin Media Ministries on August 16, 2013. I've never heard of this ministry before today so I can't vouch for them and their work. All I know, is this devotional and the one before it came right on time. Funny how sometimes answers will rise up to meet you just when you need them. Here's the devotional:

Though you’ve settled the issues of forgiveness and faith, getting unstuck involves two more challenges. You will need to learn: 1) Flexibility. When your faith runs into obstacles, your flexibility keeps you in the race. You need the ability to ‘roll with the punches,’ to bend without breaking. Don’t marry your methods! Be willing to make a mid-course correction when it’s needed. Flexibility, however, isn’t ambivalence or wishy-washiness. Flexibility is: a) An attitude of determination to adjust to life’s challenges and stay on course; to trust God for wisdom; to fine-tune your responses to changing circumstances. b) A commitment to take action. A positive mind-set alone won’t get you unstuck. You’ll have to ‘do something!’ Remember, big doors swing on little hinges; taking small steps of faith will move you forward! 2) Firmness: resolve not to quit. You’ll encounter problems that leave you no option but to stand still, like the Israelites between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army. In the tightest of spots, they received this five-fold counsel: a) Don’t give in to fear. Don’t let it decide your response. b) Stand still. Stop your irrational, emotion-driven behaviors. c) Quit talking. Don’t talk yourself into defeat. d) Look for God’s way forward. Expect Him to take action that will get you unstuck. e) Be ready to move forward when He opens the way. These are simple but powerful steps you can take when you don’t know what to do. And what about when you blow it? Acknowledge it. Re-label it as ‘Valuable lessons learned,’ and put it in your ‘What not to do next time’ file! (Source)

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