Ever felt unmotivated? Like no matter how hard you tried you couldn’t get yourself up to read that verse, read that book, journal, write that post? Me too and I’m pretty sure every other Christian girl.
I have recently hit that road block. Can you relate? If so, it's okay. For starters, it’s normal, don’t beat yourself up. Second, never give up! I know what you're thinking, that’s easier said than done especially in a season when we’re unmotivated. I get it!
However, it's important. I know how hard it is but keep showing up.
Remember that the Lord loves a hard worker and our lack of motivation is an attack from the enemy; it’s our flesh being sinful and trying to work against us.
It’s important to spend time in the Word with the Lord but don’t think that journaling or memorizing that verse is the only way to spend time with Him.
Sometimes it’s ok to just put in your headphones, put on that worship music and sit quietly in His presence, or maybe turn off everything and think over your life and all He’s done.
Don’t forget that at times it’s ok to just open your bible and ask God to lead you to where He wants you to go.
Grab a book. Read a book.
Go for a walk in nature and reflect on creation. His creation!
Never forget that Jesus is the Word.
At times for me it feels like they’re just words on paper. I can’t speak for anybody else, but it can start to feel like homework.
But remember that Jesus is the Word. Jesus is the Word in the flesh.
We must stop looking at the bible like it’s just a book and look at it like it’s an extension of Jesus.
One time, my husband and I played bible jeopardy. It was a simulator we found on the internet.
We had so much fun!
Some things we knew, some we didn’t, some we knew partially, and some we disagreed on altogether which made us grab our bibles and jump in.
So my advice, make it fun!
I know for myself I used to think that my alone time should look a certain way.
I think sometimes when we become unmotivated it’s because we’re trying to put our alone time with the Lord in a box. (“Let me grab my bible, my journal, go to a coffee shop and study”)
Don’t put labels on it!
Alone time with the Lord could be turning on a worship song that’s centered around a verse and dancing with Him.
Just lock your door. Turn off your phone and sing songs of praise to Him.
Don’t get caught up in how it's supposed to look.
Now, if making it fun doesn’t seem to help here are some more tips.
I know for myself, in moments when I do not feel like doing anything the Holy Spirit will remind me of this verse and it will get me out of bed. I hear it and the conviction is real.
There might be another reason we're unaware of like distractions, stress, etc. Also, we might need to re-prioritize; there might be too much on our plate and we need to pull back from something else.
I know this seems obvious but you’ll be surprised how often we forget Jesus is our friend and a very present help in the time of trouble. (Psalm 46:1- God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.)
Be honest with Him. Tell Him how you feel. He’s here to help. He wants to help.
Set it around the time in the day when you have the most energy. Be intentional.
I used to try and pull away with Him at night once everything was done for the day. The problem with that? I was tired. I either couldn’t keep my eyes open or all I wanted to do was cuddle with my husband and watch tv.
Once I noticed the night time was not for me. I started spending time with the Lord early in the morning before work and on my lunch breaks in my car.
The two of you could pick a verse every week and interchange them.
You pick one verse and your partner picks another verse once you have your verses memorized, switch.
For the entire week memorize your verse, apply it to your life, and reflect on it with the Lord.
Pour the Word into yourself different ways you’d be surprised how encouraging this can be.
For instance, if I’ve hit a wall and my prayer life is lacking I watch War Room. That movie seldom fails to get me at the Lord’s feet. I also have multiple podcasts I enjoy to listen to as well.
Ask Jesus to lead you to a good christian podcast or movie, remove all distractions, and enjoy. I have faith that before long you’ll be motivated to seek Him.
I strongly believe when we become unmotivated we’ve gotten caught up in routine or we feel like we’re lacking something. Ask Jesus to reveal himself. You won’t regret it!
Photo Courtesy of: Kai Bell