We've all been there. Sitting in church, listening to the pastor's sermon, struggling to engage with what's being preached. We want the Holy Spirit to speak to us. We want to be encouraged and moved by God's words and community, but we still find ourselves stuck in the same distracted mindset. Despite our best efforts, we can't seem to shake that feeling of numbness, of spiritual dryness.
This could be the result of multiple factors.
Consider the 24/7 media we're exposed to and the ever-present barrage of news that pops up on our phones throughout the day. Consider the fast-paced nature of our work weeks and the increasing pressure to hustle, grind, and devote more of your day to being more efficient, and more productive. Top it off with the personal issues running through your mind and voila! You're in the midst of a spiritual dry spell.
You can't think of the last time you really felt something. When was the last time you felt like you were growing and maturing in your faith? If it's been a while, you're not alone.
Today, we're sharing three quick and easy ways to gain inspiration for your faith journey.
1. Unplug & Unwind
One of the best things you can do you reconnect with Jesus is to unplug for a while. We live in the age of digital distraction. That handy little device of ours can really steal our joy (and our time!) if we let it. Consider taking a day off social media or setting healthy boundaries to limit screen time.
For example, if you sleep with your phone right next to you on your nightstand and you look at it first thing in the morning, consider moving it to another room to charge overnight. Invest in an old-fashioned alarm clock that gets the job done. Try to start your day calmly—no news, no emails, no work pressures. Just you and Jesus.
Just think of all this time you could use to spend some time with Jesus! If you've been experiencing a spiritual dry spell, chances are it could be because you're too busy being overwhelmed by the world, which is too easy these days.
We love this passage from Psalm 23. It's the perfect reminder we need to slow down and enter into the rest God has called us to.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." ~ Psalm 23:1-3
2. Get Outside
God's beauty is found in nature. It's as simple as that. Sometimes all it takes to rejuvenate our faith journey is to spend some time in silence in solitude—in Creation! The feeling of the warm sun on our faces, the sound of birds singing their song, the feeling of the waves lapping at your toes. All of these things point to Jesus' majesty and power.
In fact, it's hard not to worship Jesus or feel something when you're in nature. His fingerprints are too striking to miss.
Consider making this part of your weekly routine. Visit a local park or, go for a scenic drive, or even walk around your neighborhood. Something so simple can touch your soul in such a profound way.
"Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." ~ Jeremiah 32:17
This verse says it all. When we see His creativity and power manifested through Creation, our problems don't seem as daunting. The same God who crafted the mountains and the seas is the very same God who is for you today. Take some time to let that sink in.
3. Serve Your Community
Nothing gets you out of a funk more than focusing your attention on someone else, especially when it's someone in need. One of the best things you can do to reconnect with your faith is getting out of your own head. Set aside a couple hours to serve someone who could use your company.
When you're out in the community, chatting with others and hearing their stories, God speaks in a profound way. You'll likely encounter Jesus in someone's friendly smile, kind words, or acts of service. You'll recognize the hope and joy that still exists in our world, despite the darkness.
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
We weren't made to live alone. The power of the body of Christ cannot be overlooked. Consider this verse from Matthew 18:20, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Our God can be found in the presence of believers. There's a reason we're meant to gather and live life alongside each other.
Above all, keep this in mind: this season of spiritual dryness is exactly that—a season. This too shall pass. Although your faith may feel stale and you don't feel motivated to read the Bible or pray, continue to try. Remember, our feelings are rarely correct barometers to live our life off of. We're constantly betrayed by them. Instead of letting them dictate our life, continue to make time for Jesus. Ask others to pray for you. Don't give up. He is with you and the end of this season is closer than you think.
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We hope you find some encouragement in 1 Timothy 6:12, "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." This life is hard! Don't beat yourself up for experiencing a season of doubt, apathy, or busyness. These times of life will inevitably present themselves, but it's how you deal with them that matters. We love wearing reminders of Scripture to keep us in a positive headspace. Shop our selection of Christian t-shirts, featuring your favorite Bible verses and seasonal designs.
I so appreciate your article. Lately, I have to check back in with my faith to try and understand and appreciate my life. I am a teacher for 30 years in a district that pays their administers very well, but not their teachers. I have watched multitudes of teachers leave the area because the kids are so-so needy and their home lives are so bad. I have given back over 1/2 of pay each year to the kids of my district with no great changes. I come home and would just love counters in my kitchen or a floor that isn’t bare wood, but can’t afford it. People say think of yourself but I struggle to do that when the kids need so much. So I appreciate your article- reminding me there must be a reason and it is all a blessing.
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