Recently, I had this vision of being a leaf floating on top of a raging river headed directly at the edge of a waterfall. I was going on a tremendous fast rate of speed down this river and could feel the sense of fear as I approached the edge. The idea of being a fragile leaf ready to be completely crushed by massive amounts of water terrified me. As soon as I reached the edge, there was a wind updraft that took me higher, and then I gently began to sway back and forth until I my back lightly landed back onto the water continuing my journey.
Much times we can feel the heightened emotions of being crushed by what we are going through. At BSSM , even a week after going after fear, shame, deep rooted issues, and etc. can be a draining experience. Breakthrough after breakthrough can be emotionally tiring and you can find yourself in a funk if you don’t do anything about it. Do not let yourself get stuck in an emotional bubble!
What exactly is a funk?
A funk can be a depressing mood. You are discouraged, maybe afraid, doubting, stressing, and just maybe freaking out just a bit. All your emotions are building up like an elephant sitting on your chest. You choose to then ignore and hope the feeling goes away and then the emotions begin to travel up towards your head, suddenly you find yourself with a frog on your throat incapable of voicing your emotions and have a massive headache flooded with annoying negative thoughts and backed up tears that can’t seem to find an open door to come out. You wish you can just scream out of the top of your lungs, you feel naked and afraid with your beating heart raw on the table. Does this sound like you right now? Lets hope not, but if so here are some helpful tips to just get out of this funk. I’d like to thank my Revival Group Pastor, Ruth Outram, for being transparent and raw, and for giving me these helpful tips that I know everyone can benefit from.
- God is Good: Celebrate the amazing things God is doing in other people’s lives. Only because you are in a funk it doesn’t mean God isn’t at work. Intentionally rejoicing in other people’s victories will take your mind off yourself and a heart of thanksgiving releases breakthrough into your own life.
- Love People: Be intentionally loving ( you should be doing this anyway…lol). Bake some cookies for someone, treat someone to coffee, compliment your friend, call your mom, whatever it is, go out of your way to be a blessing. It can be a challenge since you are in a funk, but it’s guaranteed to get you out of it!
- #Winning: Celebrate the small victories. If you continue to miss the victories Jesus has brought you out of of you will continue to feel hopeless. You can potentially get caught in a victim mentality. So be thankful for even the mini victories and thank Jesus for it. Do this on a continuous basis throughout your day.
- Thanksgiving: I know we just got done with Turkey Day but I’m not talking about the holiday. Here is a challenge, write 10 things you are thankful for at the end of the day. Do the same tomorrow. And for the next 7 days. At the end of the week you should have 70 things you are thankful to God for. The Challenge is to not repeat something and think of something new every time.
Back to the Vision
What I felt the Holy Spirit teaching me in regards to my vision was that though the relentless love of God can make the “process” feel like a violent river, His love is gentle, and just like the leaf gently landing back on the water, so is God going to help you and I go through this process of growth. It’s ok to have a funky day, just don’t let it become a funky week, or a funky rest of your life. Invite people you can trust and lean on while you are in a funk, practice the practical tips shown above, and cut yourself some slack. It’s going to be ok!
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7