Do you need to recharge your soul? Sometimes we ‘loose our groove’ in life and find ourselves struggling to keep the faith, which in this world of coaches and positive thinking, can tend to make us think that there must be something wrong with us.
We ask ourselves:
“Why don’t I have it all together like everyone else?” or
“What is wrong with me?”
Two questions with two answers: Everyone else really doesn’t have it all together. –AND — We are human.
I am a person who often sees the silver lining in every situation. (My number one strength according to Strengthfinders is Positivity.) I’m here to say, that we all loose our groove sometimes. We face slumps like the major league baseball players; we miss shots like the NBA players and we play wrong notes like the best musicians. We loose our groove sometimes, not because there is something wrong with us, but because life happens. Often times when life happens, our soul needs a recharge.
When we read through the Bible, we see that many of “the great men and women of the faith” lost their grooves as well.
I’ve been studying and meditating on Psalms this year and have been soaking in the words. I think I have half of the verses in the book underlined. Can you relate? Sometimes, we read something that we’ve read countless times before, but then all of the sudden, it hits us–I GET THIS! One of those passages I read recently that jumped out at me is found in Psalm 68:19
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.
Often times we loose our groove by things outside of our control, which is as much a part of life as breathing.
The hope, however, is this: the Lord God DAILY bears us up. He is our salvation.
He is there for us DAILY; holding us up. So instead of running away from loosing our groove, lean into it and accept it because sometimes that’s where we most depend on Him.
Sometimes, all we can do is STOP and allow the natural cycles of life to continue. It doesn’t mean we cocoon and not show up for work (probably not a good idea); it doesn’t mean we give up; it doesn’t mean we retreat; it just means we recognize that this is a season. It is a moment in time (that may seem like a lot longer than a moment) that is a part of our life. It makes up a part of our story, and there is a reason for what may seem like ‘madness’ or ‘confusion.’ Our Lord holds that reason as tightly as he holds us.
If you’ve lost your groove and need a soul recharge, below are some ways that I have found help in those seasons:
STOP trying to fix myself.
START being who God created me to be.
STOP listening to the voices of others who mean well, but may not know exactly what’s taking place.
START listening to God’s voice.
STOP trying to make myself feel better.
START taking more quiet time resting at the feet of Jesus.
STOP forcing it.
START surrendering my will and plans to God’s plans (He is God after all, and He does call the shots, whether I like it or not!)
STOP comparing myself to others.
START recognizing that we have been uniquely gifted and are at different places in our own journey.
STOP relying on my own knowledge.
START seeking wise counsel and advice.
STOP looking inward.
START looking upward.
Those are a few ways we can step out of our circumstances and recharge our souls. Maybe the groove we think we need back isn’t what’s best for us.
Maybe the reason we ‘lost the groove’ in the first place was to prepare us for something even better.
Maybe what we think we should have or should do, isn’t what is best for us.
Maybe some time away to recharge and refresh will give us the answers for what’s ultimately better than the previous groove.
Whatever you have experienced or are experiencing, know that we all go through those periods in life, and rest assured that our God is there ready to refresh your soul with his steadfast love.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. ~Psalm 26:3
If you’ve lost your groove or have recently found a way to recharge your soul, please be sure to share your experiences in the comments below. I love hearing from you!