Monday, February 16, 2009

Motivate Me Monday!

Motivate Me Monday is hosted at Like A Warm Cup of Coffee and is designed to share some advice, wisdom, practical applications, tips you've learned, etc. that you think would benefit and motivate others.
This weekend was somewhat of a blah weekend. My husband had to work all weekend, it was dreary and rainy outside and there was not a lot of motivation to do much of anything. When days like this come it is easy to fall onto the couch, or to just do nothing but lay around. Sometimes that is needed and there is nothing wrong with some rest and relaxation. But, I have noticed once I fall into that rest or laying around, my motivation lessens. That is the time I need to dig deep and find some motivation!
One of the most important things I have learned as a Christian is to "encourage myself in the Lord." Church services are a wonderful way to be encouraged in the Lord. Fellowship with other believers spurs us on and warms the soul. But, the sole basis of our faith is the Lord. Everything begins with Him alone. When we hit a bump in our motivation level, or our energy runs out, we can run to Him for refreshment and renewed strength. A wonderful way to get hearts and minds back on track is to read the Psalms and pray those beautiful words back to Him. The Psalms are filled with praise, comfort and encouragement.
When we begin to praise Him, it turns the attention from our troubles to His glory. By beginning to thank God for His blessings, it stirs within our hearts a new and beautiful attitude. Our salvation because of His sacrifice is a great place to begin, followed by thankfulness and praise for our families and the numerous blessings we can name out loud to Him.
This time of praise is guaranteed to chase the blahs away. Then it is time for action. Ask the Lord what He would have you to be doing, where your attention should be focused. Take one step, get up and do one thing. Once that is done you will find a renewed purpose and focus. Complete a task, no matter how small. Then keep moving! Praise your way through the day!

6 comments:

  1. Your post today is very encouraging. I really needed to read this. I can so relate about sitting on the couch and do nothing for a long time. The day can pass me by so quickly before I acknowledge the length of time I was laying around the house. There are times I need a motivation booster or two out of my blah zone. Once again, thank you for this post!! Happy Monday!!

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  2. I just found your blog and am so happy I did! I needed to hear your words today. Thank you!

    Sheryl

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  3. Thank you so much fpor reminding me of praying the Psalms back to God. It WORKS!

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  4. Stopping in from MMM-thanks for sharing today, I needed that reminder of how important it is to encourage ourselves in the Lord. It's a step that we must take! Thank you for sharing.

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  5. "praise your way through the day"

    love that! You're so right on by the way - once I sit down a while or think about how tired I am, etc., it is sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Thank you for the reminder - I need it!

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  6. Thank you for this! I totally needed this reminder. I've been in a "rut", and I've just been feeling "blah". I'm committed to "praise my way through". Thanks!

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