How to deal with Spiritual Slump?
Have you hit a spiritual slump?
Hi lovelies, how can one answer that?! It seems as if it is commom to deal with the occasional slumps in life, specially if you’re an athlete, apparently this is very common (So they say). Below you can find the definition for “Slump.”
Slump: A period of decline or deterioration, during which a person performs slowly, inefficiently, or ineffectively.
If you’ve been in a slump before, you’ll know how disempowering it feels. You feel stuck, unmotivated, and maybe even depressed. In a spiritual sense this “feeling” is too common for Christians. If you have been walking with the Lord any amount of time you know too well that spiritual slumps happen more frequently that we want to admit. But what causes a slump, as outlined by my church lead pastor : Inmaturity, Distraction, Exhaustion, Isolation, and Disobedience are the main causes to a spiritual slump. So if this is true how can one remain connected to God and avoid spiritual slumps altogether.
First, I don’t believe that we can avoid slumps. Perhaps we can manage the season of a spiritual slump but not avoid it completely. Most often our hectic lifestyle, our dissatisfaction, or discontentment, gets in the way of life’s perspective. This often times can cause you to decide to do life your way, which leads to you getting your results instead of doing it God’s way to get His results. God’s ways are always better than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV). But shaking yourself out of a slump doesn’t need to be this huge undertaking. Rather, one thing to keep in mind during this time it’s to just take a series of baby steps that will eventually lead you to your “aha” moment.
The solution to your spiritual slump its as follows :
Admit that there’s a problem.
Acknowledge you are the biggest obstacle to your growth.
Ask God to restore you.
Reach up with a fresh commitment to God.
Its as easy as turning you eyes away from worthless things or sin that can be cooling off your affection for God. And to refocus and reconnect back to God and discouragement and disappointment will disappear. Of course doing all that is a lot easier said than done! (trust me unfortunately I know this too well, insert crying emoji here) Change always happens from the inside out, so admitting that change needs to happen is the first step. Remember you are as close to God as you choose to be. (Galatians 2:20). So, choose wisely and shake things up physically and emotionally. Get rid of the things that causes spiritual dryness and can undermine your faith, love, or perspective. Find ways to grow in God’s knowledge, ask God to restore you, and renew a fresh commitment back to Him.
Shaking things up physically and emotionally can look as simple as these FIVE steps
Staying active or eating healthier.
Or perhaps taking time outdoors enjoying some quiet time and taking time to recharge and breathe in all the goodness in your life.
A grateful attitude always helps it allows us to be content where we are and wait for the Lord without an anxious heart.
Self-reflection is always a good habit to have, been aware of what things in our lives are causing dryness, or undermines our faith is the first step for restoration and newness of mind.
Feeling your feelings, acknowledging how your feeling and honoring them is a healthy way to get past your feelings and refocus on your mission.
One of my favorite verses that reminds me to shake things up and reconnect with my creator is
“Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me! Return the joy of your salvation to me and sustain me with a willing spirit.”
(I encourage you to read all psalm 51 – good stuff)
My lovely friend, do not allow immaturity, distraction, exhaustion, isolation, or disobedience get in the way of growing, and tuning into God. Learn to REST when you need it, evaluate the health of your relationships which is a foundational need of life, and handle disobedience by working out your salvation together with living loud and fully.
I pray that if you are in a season of spiritual slump you take the rest that you need and reconnect back to our Lord Jesus Christ and to yourself. Know that God loves you regardless of where you are in this season and He is always just a half turn away.