Getting Unstuck

The beginning is the beautiful mystery of God's amazing grace. The grace that has already been paid for, doesn't cost us a thing other than acceptance and assures us of salvation. All we have to do is allow God to love us, bless us, change us. We just have to believe and take the first step onto the road of faith. The journey of faith is a whirlwind.  t's exciting, challenging, unbelievably rewarding, requiring discipline and surrender. It's not supposed to be easy, but the rewards of growing in our faith, growing in God's grace and abundant love for us is worth every step of the challenge.

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
— John 10:10

However, I would venture to say we've all felt stuck at some point in our lives. There have been circumstances we've had to deal with that left us feeling helpless and held back.  At some point in the journey, our faith has become stagnant; we've lost the motivation to keep pressing forward.  Paul uses very descriptive language to describe the trek that we sometimes must take.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I PRESS on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and STRAINING toward what is ahead, I PRESS on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 3:12-14

Getting unstuck takes discipline, it takes a change of perspective.  It takes allowing yourself to surrender a little bit more and be changed so that God can reveal the next level of abundance he has in store for us.

Change is a process. Once we are saved, God begins the work of transformation. Our stuck places are the very places that make us ache for God. Even in our God-given limitations, He is gracious and tender. I need Him and so I go to Him. He is there… God is there. God who spins planets is there waiting for me. I love being with Him and it is because I need Him that I go to Him. And something about just being near to Him unlocks my soul and I feel freer.
— Jennie Allen, Stuck

So my suggestion… whatever that stuck place is for you right now, try, just try, being grateful for it. Not for the pain or hurt, of course, but grateful for the reminder that we need God and that no matter how stuck we may feel, He is there, waiting to love us, to change us, to get us unstuck, and to help us discover this abundant life that just gets more and more amazing. The gratitude isn't a "quick fix," but it does open your heart to allow God's transforming grace in. It is the key to living life abundantly.