I quit praying.
Several years ago, I was in a dark season. If you asked me during that time how I felt about about life, I would tell you it was bleak, dreary, and depressing.
- We were in the midst of major problems with our children.
- I had several scary health issues in a row.
- My marriage was in a place where we fought often (if we spoke to each other at all).
- Ministry was a struggle.
My prayers seemed to go unanswered.
When You are Too Exhausted to Pray
So, I quit on all the God stuff.
I quit praying.
I didn’t stop believing in God, but I didn’t think He cared, and I was seriously angry with Him.
I could not see how a loving God would put one family through such problems – one, after another, after another piling on top of each other.
I was over it.
How to Flourish in Your Faith
Today, as I look back on this season I see God’s hand gently guiding me, but I sure didn’t feel it at the time.
The Bible tells us that when we are too exhausted to pray, the Holy Spirit prays for us on our behalf (Romans 8:26). I had friends who were praying me through this tough season. I received professional treatment for depression. I continued to go to worship and participate in Bible studies, even when I felt like I was going through the motions.
I credit these things for my continued faith today, because it certainly wasn’t from any effort on my part.
Slowly, I came out of that difficult season. Life didn’t suddenly get better, but each day I became stronger.
To flourish means deep, vigorous growth. Flourishing also means bold, extravagant action.
During my rough season, I was far from flourishing, yet my faith continued from that tiny spark that was started with my baptism.
Flourishing means clinging to God’s promises for your life in the good times and the bad.
Flourishing doesn’t mean putting on a happy-happy-joy-joy face all the time or pretending everything is fine when it is not fine. Sometimes flourishing comes when you barely hold on by your fingertips for awhile.
But my friend, I promise you, flourishing does come.
7 Bible Verses about How to Flourish in Your Faith
God desires for you to be a strong, engaged, bold woman of faith. This is flourishing. Read what He tells you in His Word.
They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
And the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
On that day the Lord their God will save them,
as the flock of his people;
for like the jewels of a crown
they shall shine on his land.
For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!
Grain shall make the young men flourish,
and new wine the young women.
The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
and their heritage will remain forever;
they are not put to shame in evil times;
in the days of famine they have abundance.
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