What to remember when we feel stalled

Are you feeling stalled, prevented from progressing as you want to? Me too.

We’re full of hope and expectation, pressing ahead with our projects, when we hit a brick wall.

Something slams into our days, rendering us helpless, too tired to carry on as before.

We become the sparrow fallen to ground, empty jar needing to be filled, lost coin waiting to be found.

We thought it was almost reaping time but  now we sit in bleak and barren furrows.

Circumstances make us crumble into the dust and ashes we came from.

Being laid low, set aside for a while, feels painful, humbling, frustrating. Everything within us longs to move on.

I’ve become accustomed to the fluctuating symptoms of M.E, the way it can drain and deplete so inconveniently.

And the hardest thing to have to lay aside is connection, being a part of life when you’re too weary to participate.

That, and the work in progress, of course. Who wants to stop when words are flowing? Not me.

At times like this we can forget Whose hands our life and times are in.

So I’ve sat still for a season, alternately resisting and relaxing into rest. Most of all, I’ve sought after God because He is the Peace I crave, and He makes me whole again.

As I browsed through my prayer journal to remind myself how God has strengthened me in the past, I found some words to share which I hope will encourage you too.

‘Prayer Whisper:Your story matters’

“You have a message to share. You have a story to tell. Surrender the outcome to Me. All I ask of you is that you are willing to write as I guide, speak as I direct, and listen continually for My promptings…”

To read the rest of this post, please come and join me over at the Association of Christian Writers  (ACW )‘More than Writers’ blog  where I write on a monthly basis.

Today, I’m sharing more about what we need to remember when we feel stalled. I hope you’ll be blessed and encouraged there. Just click here to read more.

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6 Comments

  1. “You have a message to share. You have a story to tell.”
    Bless you, Joy, for continuing to share your words and wisdom through the days of resisting and relaxing, so spreading blessings into the hearts of others, not least my own heart today XXX

    1. As you will know yourself, Joyce, in these days of feeling set aside by illness, being adrift from life’s busyness as we seek deeper rest, it can make us feel lost and even forgotten by God. But these can also be times of rich communion with Him as other voices feeding into our world are silenced and we’re more receptive to His voice above all others. If these God-given words have blessed your heart then I am truly and humbly thankful for the gift of words coming at just the right time. Thinking of and praying for you, dear friend. Xox

    1. Thanks, Helen! As always, I write from my own experience but with an eye for those who may be struggling similarly. It’s good when God gives us things to share and specific words to pay attention to. Blessed by your visit, my friend. 🙂 x

  2. Thanks, Joy, for this encouragement to writers (and all who minister, really) and a reminder that there are seasons of bounty and seasons of fallow. It’s easy to get discouraged and think I don’t have a story worth telling. I need to be reminded that I have to do my part in listening and being obedient, and then let God do His part.

    1. You’re welcome, Constance. I’m so thankful God gave me some encouraging words to share. Yes, keep doing your part and trust God for the rest. No matter how small or insignificant it may seem, as long as we remain obedient and surrender our lives/writing to Him, then God will use them to His praise and glory. Stay encouraged! Blessings 🙂

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