Ten Timely Tips on Restoring Spiritual Freshness Pt. 2 of Finding Joy in the Moment

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According to The Free Dictionary, the word stale means:

  • Having lost freshness . . . .
  • Lacking originality or spontaneity. . . .
  • Ineffective or uninspired, usually from being out of practice or from having done the same thing for too long. . . .

Years ago, I baked a cake and took it to a neighbor. I can’t remember if there was a new baby in the house, or what the circumstances were. But I’ll never forget what happened. When we took the cake into the kitchen, she lifted the lid of her cake saver and there lay the remnants of what I assumed had been a cake. Whatever it was, it had gone beyond stale to a mound of green mold.

I confess I’ve been known to let things get stale at my house, as well. A partially eaten loaf of bread, a forgotten piece of cake or a pack of bought cookies. Or how about this one? Perfectly good left-overs. That is, before they were left over too long.

Why does food go stale? For a number of reasons.

  1. We forget to enjoy it while it’s fresh.

  2. If it’s not very tasty, we decide it’s not worth the calories.

  3. We feel guilty throwing it away when we think we might eat it later. And we assuage our wastefulness by waiting to throw it away when even the dog wouldn’t eat it.

We can’t restore freshness to a moldy piece of cake. But thankfully, we can restore freshness to a stale relationship with God. I confess I sometimes fail to maintain freshness in my relationship with God. And believe me, I don’t enjoy my lethargy any more than I would savor a piece of moldy cake.

How about you? Do you ever get bored? Frustrated with your spouse or children? Disappointed in your circumstances? Unmotivated? Saddled with an unexplained loss of spiritual energy?

These are just a few symptoms; I know because I’ve been there. Many times. Spiritual staleness is a sad, self-inflicted state of mind and heart. And if God grieves about anything, our settling for less than a joy-filled life has to be high on the list.

It’s as if we decide to reject the very gift Jesus came to give us. That is an abundant life, one that is full, meaningful, and satisfying. (John 10:10) When we allow the enemy to steal our joy for any reason, we treat God’s gift of life as if it’s a stale piece of cake. And then we expect Him to bless it and enjoy it with us.

Here are some tips that have helped me renew my spiritual energy and to maintain a vital, thriving, fresh relationship with God. I hope they’ll be helpful to you.

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Tips to renewing your spiritual energy:

1. Confirm your personal relationship with God. John 1:12

2. Confer with the Holy Spirit concerning any unconfessed sin in your life. John 16:7-8a

3. Confess and be cleansed of any sin/s the God’s Spirit reveals to you. I John 1:5-10

4. Appropriate the teaching, leading and power of the Holy Spirit in your life. John 16:13-16

5. Learn to by faith find the joy in every moment, regardless of your circumstances. James 1:2-4

6. Connect with people on a meaningful level. Hebrews 10:23-25

7. Utilize your spiritual gift to share God’s love with others and to help them grow in their faith. Romans 12:6-16.

8. Develop a grateful heart by remembering to give thanks in everything. And develop a mindset of praying consistently as a way of responding to life. Why? Because it’s good for you and because it’s God’s will. Romans 8:28-29, I Thessalonians 5:16-18

9. Practice the presence of God. God’s presence is your source of joy and strength. Nehemiah 8:10

10. Put feet to your faith by opening doors of opportunity to do the good works God has prepared you to do. Good works done in faith versus the flesh result in an afterglow of energized spirit-filled joy. Ephesians 2:10; James 1:22-25 

This is your life! Rejoice in it!

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What are some ways you restore spiritual energy? What helps you maintain freshness in your relationship with the Lord?

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4 Responses to “Ten Timely Tips on Restoring Spiritual Freshness Pt. 2 of Finding Joy in the Moment”
  1. Wow Mo! I’ve had a rough week and this was a perfectly refreshing read! Love you!!

    • Thanks sweet granddaughter for checking in. I’m sorry you had a rough week. Remember, anytime you need extra prayer, send us a text and we’ll know how to pray specifically. Looks lile you and I are on the joy track together, doesn’t it? I can’t think of a better place to be. I’m so proud of you and love you so much. Miss you, too.
      Mo

  2. Elaine & Eliot Smith says:

    Hi Liz and Jay We think of you so often…..and we miss you…..we are sad you are moved but at the same time we are pleased for you….we hope we stay connected…..come back and see us…..we’ve got room….. Thank you for your posts….they lift us up in so many ways. God has continued to bless you with your sharing and wisdom as well as your love for the Lord. Love, elaine

    • Thanks Elaine for the encouraging words. We miss y’all, as well. Also thanks for the invite. We may take you up on it. Meanwhile y’all should come visit us. Wilmington is a great place to visit.

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