How are you guys? So yesterday at church the message was about “When Did We Stop Praying For Our Leaders?” and I have to say it stepped all over my toes. It was honestly something that had been in my spirit for awhile and I guess I didn’t know how to express it.
A couple of weeks ago, I fell off. It happened so fast; between my uncle passing and me letting things, images, sounds and feelings slide through my gates that I should’ve protected, I fell off…far. Have you ever experienced a situation where you may have just wanted to give yourself a little slack and then you looked up and you were much further than anticipated? That was me. I love God but I wanted to be in my mess, at least for a second. I didn’t want to lie to God and keep asking for forgiveness when I knew I was going to turn around and do the same thing all over again.
I was complaining and to be honest, I wanted to be heard. So I was pissed when the main friend that comes to me with their complaints told me to praise. Now, I know I should’ve received it and in my heart I knew it was right but it didn’t negate that every time that person needed a shoulder, they had it…I didn’t shut them down by telling them to go pray, praise and worship. I was offended and angry. Let it had been the shoe on the other foot, they would’ve been too. I’m not trying to justify that that’s not what I should’ve been doing. In fact, I will even go as far to say that, I shouldn’t have come to him. His response should’ve been the first thing I did…it should’ve been done naturally but because I wasn’t treated the way they were treated when I was in their position, I had an attitude.
During yesterday’s message, the answer that came from the question that was posed was, When did we became so selfish that we only cared about us? As I began to do some introspection, I noticed that I was worse. I wasn’t talking to God about my leaders because I wasn’t talking to God about me. I was just complaining, looking at what I didn’t have, looking at what was around me, how I felt and how tired I was. I would hear myself said that I was tired over and over again. I’d hear other people say it over and over again. No wonder, I was drained, no wonder the weight of the world was on my shoulders.
How do you get out of the funk?
- I noticed that when I took the focus off of myself that everyone was going through challenging times too. I’m not saying that I feed off of others misery but I saw that I wasn’t by myself. Seclusion is a mother. It will make you think the worse about yourself. It will tell you that you are the only one that is weak enough to get caught up in foolishness.🕴
- Shut down the complaining. Speak crop failure over the negative confessions that you’ve made over yourself and others. Replace it with what God says about you.🗣
- Find a song. If you can’t see the good, if you can’t feel the good or find the words then you can use someone else’s. Praise still steals the avenger.💃
- Say what you want to see, not what you currently see. One of the reasons why Facebook these days is super irritating, isn’t because everyone is woke, it’s more so that “The Woke” and even some Christians, are focusing on the wrong things and keep saying what they don’t want to see. Create the day, week, month, year and life that you want by shaping what you want with your words and attitudes about it.😭
- Pray.🙏 Okay, you don’t like the way things are going, I’m not saying there has to be this huge “Thus say the Lord” type of thing but maybe a simple, honest conversation with the Lord. Replace negative talk with speaking to Him again, opening up dialogue with Him and be fearless to allow yourself to speak your truth to Him.He can handle it, trust me 😉
- Smile on purpose!😆
These things are a few steps I took to help me. They may or may not do the same for you. Let me know what you do to get out of a funk in the comments. I’d love to open up the dialogue.
Love ya, 😘