The doldrums is a nautical term that refers to the belt around the earth near the equator where sailing ships would often get stuck in the windless waters. The doldrums are also defined as a state of inactivity or stagnation.
We are heading into a new season where the days are short and the nights are long, causing many to experience emotional doldrums. Where I live, gray is the typical shade of the day as Lake Erie creates an almost constant state of cloudiness and lots of rain; we rarely see the sun and it can leave one feeling deflated.
Listening to the rain pour outside for the fifth day in a row got me thinking about spiritual doldrums. I have been there and I wonder how many of my sweet mamas out there have as well. These are times in my walk with the Lord when I feel stagnant—neither digressing or growing in my faith. If the truth be told, I experience times when I am spiritually mediocre and living in the “good enough” zone.
I go to church every Sunday that’s good enough right? I read my Bible once this week, that’s good enough right? I prayed a couple of times this week, that’s good enough right?
This is not about judgment, my friends, because I have had this attitude many times. But I’m here to tell you today that Jesus did not die on that cross for you to be mediocre or just good enough.
In our scripture today, Paul admonishes us to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may know the fullness of God. Sweet sisters, we have to want more, long for more, and seek him more.
The very breath of the Spirit that blew into Adam’s nostrils and gave him life, is the same Spirit living inside of you. Get out of the windless waters by letting the Spirit breathe and rekindle the fire that has been doused by the cares of this world. Don’t settle for a “good enough” walk with Christ.
Sailors could spend weeks sitting in the doldrums waiting for the wind to blow again. God is breathing on you today to help you get out of a place of complacency, will you recieve it?
I want more for you than just good enough.
God wants more for you than just good enough.
Get ready and cry out to him, “Breathe, oh breath of God!”
Susie and the Help Club for Moms Team
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