Webster defines being “stuck” as being caught or fixed; baffled.
My definition would be more along the lines of feeling like you’re waiting for what seems like forever in a place where there’s no apparent way out.
Did you know waiting on the Lord is mentioned in the Bible over 100 times? I think so often we think a vibrant Christian walk is equivalent to a vibrant, exciting life. And it’s not always that. Sometimes the Lord calls us to wait on Him, and that doesn’t always look exciting. We can’t always change our circumstances. But we can always change our perspective.
So even though God may have called you to be in a season of waiting or to be “stuck” if you will, He never calls us to be stagnant. So here are some practical go-tos to get a jump start out of your slump!
Journal. Let it all out. Writing not your thing? Go somewhere where you’ll be alone and release all the pent up frustrations that are bringing you down. Take a deep breath in. Let it all out. Clear your head.
Forgive. Nothing is quicker to negatively affect our emotional, spiritual, and physical health than holding onto bitterness and unforgiveness. I could go much more in depth on this but I’ll keep it simple. Let it go! (Sing the song if you must) And remember these wise words, “Unforgiveness is like taking poison, but expecting someone else to die.”
Be grateful. We’ve all heard it. But seriously. Write down what you’re thankful for every day, preferably before you start your day. It’s all about perspective.
Set a new goal. Have something to work towards, to look forward to. It can be anything! Go a step further and create a vision board. This is something I personally have yet to do but I continually hear nothing but positive things come from it!
Sign off. Instagram. Facebook. Snap chat. They won’t miss you for a day. Take a break from reading all the political posts and arguments and depressing news stories. I’m not saying be oblivious to it. But it’s so easy to unknowingly let the negativity consume us. Don’t let it!
Organize your space. A clean house, particularly a clean kitchen and bed, have always made my world feel more manageable again. Even if it’s just a shelf or a little corner, carve out time to make something aesthetically pleasing to you.
Do something for yourself. Calling all moms! This is not selfish! This is also not an excuse to be lazy. But seriously, you cannot pour from an empty cup. I’m talking to myself here. If you’re at your wits end, call your mom to keep your kid, and get some time alone or not alone, whatever you need. When Ells was just a few months old and not napping and spitting constantly all I wanted was a day to clean my house and take a nap. A very wise friend told me once that it’s not weak to ask for help. Whether it’s for your child or your spouse or your roommate or whoever, do them a favor and take care of you.
Serve. After you’ve filled up your own cup, pour it out! Don’t go exhaust yourself. But it’s amazing how simple gestures of choosing to love and bless others gets your mind off whatever your situation is. So serve, and especially when you don’t feel like it. Super hard. Super worth it.
Take one day at a time. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6:34