Avoiding Stagnation and Declaring Faith – July 3 Devotions

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Have you ever felt as if you’re spinning your wheels, but going nowhere? I was reminded of this analogy this morning, as hubby was watching F1 qualifying and one of the racers went off the track into a gravel pit and the faster he revved his motor and spun his wheels to get out of the gravel, the deeper he sunk in until he couldn’t move.

 

Life can be like that sometimes. An old friend of my parents used to say, “The faster I go, the ‘behinder’ I get.” We either go so fast, we wear ourselves out, or we don’t go fast enough, procrastinate, and spend our lives trying to catch up…or we just fall into a lull and stagnate. And that’s a dangerous place to stay for too long.

 

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So onto today’s devotional thoughts.

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“Have you ever seen a puddle of water that is stagnant? There’s no circulation, no fresh water source, and the water just sits there. If left over time and the sun doesn’t evaporate it first, bacteria can form and the water can turn green. There’s little life left.

 

We can slide into stagnation. It happens a little bit at a time and often so slowly that it is almost imperceptible. Once life was exciting and then it seems that suddenly we find ourselves with what the world calls a ‘midlife crisis.’ We stop being daring, doing outrageous things, and being creative. We settle in and  conform to what people expect.

 

I believe everyone will stagnate if they don’t fight back. It is easy to just float along with everyone else doing the same thing every day. Only rare individuals are willing to swim upstream when it would be so easy to float downstream with everyone else.

 

One of the most valuable things I have learned is that there are many things I must do ‘on purpose.’ I can’t wait to feel like doing them. Swim upstream when necessary.

 

Pray: Lord, I don’t want to become like the Dead Sea, taking in but never giving out. Cause me to rise up today with wings like an eagle and to walk with the vibrancy of new life that is of Your Spirit. Amen.”

 

–Joyce Meyers in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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“As Christians, it is important to make a declaration of faith with our actions and not just with what we say we believe in our hearts.  People often say, ‘My heart is right,’ but people cannot read our hearts; they can only see our actions. 

 

It is important that we show, with our actions, what we believe in our hearts.”

 

–Joyce  Meyers in “New Day New You”

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-1-  Yuck, right? The slimy green pond with stagnant water in it–we know this is a condition we don’t want in our lives! Yet it’s amazing how many times we allow fear, self-pity, poor self-image, indecision, lack of motivation, procrastination, inability or unwillingness to prioritize our priorities, and numerous other things, to stop us in our tracks.

 

Instead of moving forward, we fall backward–or we just stay still and stagnate! Even a baby step forward toward pursuing our purpose is better than allowing our lives to become stale, stagnant, and full of dead leaves and other debris!

 

I think some  “de-cluttering” might just be part of the process of pursuing our purpose in life!

 

-2- Words are powerful — as we addressed in yesterday’s post — but if our actions don’t align with our words, they can come across as meaningless and cause people to question our integrity. I’m reminded of Christians who have their religious bumper stickers and jewelry, but whose actions don’t give any indication of those alleged beliefs. We really need to make sure our words, actions, and our heart beliefs all align and present a positive declaration of our faith.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

-1- Do you feel like your life is stagnant? What would it take to get the current flowing again?

 

-2- Have you ever felt as if your words and actions don’t always line up? How did you correct things?

 

 

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Remember that you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND you have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating. Also, please let me know if you know of or have a legitimate cause that I could add to this page.

 

 

15 Comments

  1. David Hunte

    Thanks for sharing this. I needed it. It’s too easy to get stuck in a rut. But then when you’re stuck you can call the Tow Truck to get you out – the Triple A – Adonai Always Available to help. Blessings and have a great 4th.
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    03 . Jul . 2015
  2. Ashley

    I have definitely felt that way… A LOT. Especially when it comes to my blog and pursuing a career as a writer. Some times it feels like I’m doing SO MUCH STUFF and getting nowhere. Prioritizing my actions definitely helps!
    Ashley recently posted..My Last Childhood Pet Died Today

    03 . Jul . 2015
  3. Laurel Regan

    I’ve gone through periods of stagnation in the past, and made some big life changes to pull myself out. These days I’m thankful that there are too many fun and interesting things happening for me to stagnate!
    Laurel Regan recently posted..Photo Friday: Red

    03 . Jul . 2015
  4. Keesha

    I can relate to this post very well. Sometimes we are busy doing nothing and we end up nowhere. I am reminded that it is God who gives the increase and I have to depend on Him to see the fruits of my efforts. Thanks for sharing this inspiring message!
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    03 . Jul . 2015
  5. Eydie

    Often – more often than I want – I feel that I’m on a hamster wheel, and I just can’t get off! I spin my brain around trying to make my business(s) grow, but the more I spin the faster the wheel turns and I still haven’t gotten anywhere.

    A few months ago I decided to just give up. I threw my hands in the air and with tears rolling down my cheeks I shouted, “I’ve had enough – I’m going to stop the madness”. The moment I released myself from the spinning – I began to get calls. All of a sudden, everyone needed a web site designed…and they called!!!

    I think the key is to relax and let go of the stress of the NEED!
    Eydie recently posted..Resolving Grief by Connecting to Others

    03 . Jul . 2015
  6. Heather

    I feel that way a lot as a parent. I feel often like I’m stuff in the never ending battle between dishes and laundry and all the things in between is repetative who I’m never listened to, especially with the kids, “stop hitting your brother, don’t like the floor, no you can’t go outside in your underwear, did you really just make a trail of mud through the house after I just mopped. I feel mostly like a maid…so yes a lot of the times I feel like life is stagnant. But there’s really nothing I can really do about it but try to change my mind about it all.

    03 . Jul . 2015
  7. CourtneyLynne

    Omg what a fantastic post!!! So touching & makes you kind of think!

    04 . Jul . 2015
  8. Lozelle

    It is so easy to give up, especially with my business. This week was one of those days, however I prayed several times that day. I ask God to give me the strength and I pushed through it. I cried, prayed and gave myself permission to take a break for the day. I woke up the next day and felt refreshed.

    04 . Jul . 2015
  9. Elizabeth O.

    Yes, I have felt that way. Then, one day I just realized that this couldn’t go on and I had to do something. So, I worked on changing my mindset and everything started to fall in their places.

    04 . Jul . 2015
  10. Dogvills

    You are so right. We already know that we don’t want the slimy green pond with stagnant water in it, yet we allow ourselves to stay there. This happens to most if us a lot of times.

    04 . Jul . 2015
  11. Cindy (Prime Beauty)

    Wise words indeed. I was very stagnant in my job and had to try to find joy again. I think we all become stagnant at some point in our lives.

    04 . Jul . 2015
  12. Mellissa (@SheSmilesWithn)

    This is a great post! Very needed.
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    05 . Jul . 2015
  13. Jerusha (TheDisneyChef.com)

    Thank you for this thoughtful post… There’s so much to consider here to help us grow spiritually. – Jerusha, TheDisneyChef.com
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    06 . Jul . 2015
  14. Fan R @TeddyOutReady

    I know and feel what you are writing about. Some moments I feel like I am going nowhere, when never ending chores show up and nothing seems work to get rid of them. But I always remember what skating coach said: “Make your own score every single day”.
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    06 . Jul . 2015
  15. Jason Young

    I do feel like that sometimes but I just remind myself that stagnation can be a good thing sometimes. Gives me time to think and take mental inventory.
    Jason Young recently posted..#AdSense Revenue Strategy: 9 Ways to Combat Banner Blindness

    06 . Jul . 2015

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