Dear God: Thank you for your plans for us to do amazing things, no matter what today feels like.
This post is not about Easter Sunday.
I will never understand what egg hunts, “Sunday Best” Clothing and ham have to do with the resurrection of Christ.
Then again, I don’t understand what connection a tree with gifts around it for everyone except Jesus has to do with his fake birthday.
But,that’s just me.
I do however understand the significance of resurrection, not just today, but everyday. Many of us have areas in our lives that need to be revived.
Someone reading this sees no light at the end of a dark tunnel. And some of those areas have to do with traditions that amount to nothing more than people pleasing.
God doesn’t love you any more or less because you spent your last on an Easter outfit. Jesus’ blood stands no matter what you eat today.
The day is a reminder that there IS hope. Jesus came back to life and was elevated higher than ever.
The same applies to us. No matter what has died within us, can spring back to life. And you don’t need a bunny rabbit, candy or a fancy hat for it to happen.
What do you do when your hope, faith and purpose has died due to fear, weariness and discouragement? Much like a heart that needs a defibrillator to jump-start it, sometimes our faith need a boost.
How can you resurrect those things that bring you joy?
1). Stop. Take some time to allow yourself to just BE.
It’s okay to be tired and perfectly acceptable to take time taking care of you.
2). Breathe. Literally. Go for a walk and get some fresh air. Alone.
Clear your head and devote some time to clearing out the clutter that wears you down.
3). Analyze. What needs to get done versus what you want to get done?
Sometimes when we break things down, tasks don’t seem as overwhelming.
4). Evaluate. Plan your next steps. Accept that you have made progress.
No one has ever fallen while lying on the ground.
5). Invigorate. Listen to music, have a meal with a friend.
Do something that makes you happy.
6). MOVE. You don’t have to always jump.
Take baby steps towards your goals. Do something daily to get you closer to where you want to be.
7). Encourage. Yourself and others.
There’s nothing more encouraging to trace your progress. Encouraging others will leave you encouraged as well.
8). Confess. Just say the words.
Know your weakness and admit your faults. It is SO freeing.
9). Celebrate. You are great. You are amazing.
And there’s at least one other person who thinks you are. Celebrate that.
10). Keep going.
If you’ve read down this far, you’re on to something.
No matter how down, tired or defeated you feel you clearly want to do something about it.
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
It has your name and all of the greatness you can imagine written upon it.
Don’t worry about how long it takes for you to get there, nor how anyone else is traveling.
Your journey is yours alone.
You are special like that.
And I hope you remember that not just today, but every day.
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Suncera Johnson aka That Writing Chic is a freelance writer and former freelance producer and editor for MTV Networks. A former freelance writer for Rolling Out Magazine . She is currently the CEO of http://amassdigital.com and the author http://DearGodBook.com . She loves the Lord. The rest of her time is spent with her family and writing, writing, writing, and more writing.