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Slipping Away

The Watered Soul: Slipping Away

Oct 27, 2010

Slipping Away

wfw 10-27-10

Headed out the door and down the steps, I found myself drifting downward towards an  unexpected and unwanted dirt kiss, if I wasn’t able to do something fast. Too late to completely stop the nose dive, I reached for the car in an effort to brace myself for the fall.  Luckily my whole body didn’t hit the concrete only one knee was scratched. Having gone down those steps many times, how did I manage to slip that day? In my haste, I missed the bottom step. The step hadn’t changed locations, it was I who failed to properly maneuver it.

 

Is that not how life can be at times? We’re residing in the same location yet something seems to have changed or slipped away. At least that is how I find my life at times. Living in the same house, working the same job, attending the same church, a member of the same family and participating in the same activities but things that I maneuvered so well in the past now feel as if I’ve misstep. Have you ever felt yourself slipping away?  There are days that my passion ebbs away. Other times I notice I’ve slipped into complacency, complaining, discontentment,  or depression. But, why? In most case it’s because I have allowed my focus to slide away from the one who is my ultimate support.  He has not moved and  it’s comforting to know that all I have to do is call out to Him. I can share my true feelings with Him; there’s no need to conceal my inner most thoughts.

 

Psalms 94:18-19 (NLT)  I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

 

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32 Comments:

At October 27, 2010 at 12:46 AM , Blogger Amanda said...

Wonderful perspective with that scripture Wanda! It is so true... nothing has to change in our lives, but our hearts shift a gear and we can lose ground and slip. Scraped knees are never very nice! Quite painful in fact!

I do hope yours isn't too painful... but what a beautiful lesson to learn from it all.

 
At October 27, 2010 at 12:46 AM , Blogger Amanda said...

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At October 27, 2010 at 4:59 AM , Blogger GlowinGirl said...

Have I ever felt myself slipping away? Yes, unfortunately. And just as you said, nothing else significant had changed in my life . . . . but me and my position. He is faithful, though, just as you pointed out, and I'm so thankful for His steady, loving support!

 
At October 27, 2010 at 5:44 AM , Blogger Michele Williams said...

Yes, I have felt that way at times... I am so glad the Lord is always there to catch me... Blessings..

 
At October 27, 2010 at 6:05 AM , Blogger Joan said...

Wanda, this post really spoke to me. It is so easy to become complacent and discontent. I am so thankful that we can share our inner most thoughts with God and He truly understands - not condemning, but loving us (in spite of ourselves).

Blessings,
Joan

 
At October 27, 2010 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Joanne Sher said...

Soooo been there, Wanda. LOVIN this reminder.

 
At October 27, 2010 at 8:42 AM , Blogger Brian the old man said...

I have been through so much in my life and knowing He is there to pick me up and carry me through all of the slips and falls has truly made me blessed.

 
At October 27, 2010 at 8:48 AM , Anonymous Kaye Swain - SandwichINK said...

What wonderfully encouraging Bible verses! I'm extra tired today AND praying lots for a couple of beloveds who are struggling so I will be Scripture praying these for all of us. Thank you! :)

 
At October 27, 2010 at 8:51 AM , Anonymous Carole in the UK said...

Wanda, I most certainly have been at the place you describe so beautifully. I now sense when I am slowly sliding back to that place.
It is when I hear myself complaining and being critical of those things which I was quite happy about previously, but now hear a critical inward voice.

I am so glad that I serve a God who understands when we share our innermost thoughts with Him.

God Bless You More.

 
At October 27, 2010 at 8:52 AM , Blogger lori said...

GIRL this was SOOO good! It's the reason we recently left the church we were at...slipping...slipping into complacency is what happens. We get a little too comfortable in where we are and sometimes the "face plant" is exactly what we need! :) This was SOOOO good!

peace Wanda!
you rock!
lori

 
At October 27, 2010 at 9:40 AM , Blogger BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Yes, Lord...Yes, Lord. So many times I found myself in that place and had to get myself a "Word" check.

 
At October 27, 2010 at 12:02 PM , Anonymous Angel @ Finding The Inspiring said...

I love this! So good to know we can call on Him when we feel ourselves slipping. He is faithful! Blessings to you.

 
At October 27, 2010 at 1:14 PM , Blogger Sandy said...

Hi Wanda,
First time here. Love your
good words of encouragement.
Joining you as we follow
Him.
God bless,
Sandy

 
At October 27, 2010 at 2:54 PM , Blogger Peggy said...

Blessings Wanda... WOW! WOW! WOW!
Great message and Word!!! Sorry about your slip...hope it was not recent but if so that you are on the mend.
Healing from His hands and strength to Support you always! The truth in your analogy was so powerful and very convicting in a good way. I was ministered to as you shared.

As I cry out, when I feel that I may be slipping, I'm so thankful for His unfailing love, for His comfort, for my hope renewed, for the "Hip, hip, hooray" cheer, I hear from His sweet whisper as we press on and keep our feet on solid ground. When you keep it REAL like this, I am humbled and know that He is our FOCUS and our PEACE, our ultimate support! He does not move!
Thank you Wanda!!!

Peace,
Peggy

 
At October 27, 2010 at 3:06 PM , Blogger Karen said...

Great verse. Bless you, Wanda.

 
At October 27, 2010 at 6:35 PM , Blogger Sharon Kirby said...

Wanda - What a great word. Thank you. Yes, I have had times of BIG slipping -wandering away from God's pathways. And times of "little" slipping (is there really any such thing??) - times when I just lost sight and got discouraged.

However, PRAISE THE LORD! Slipping doesn't always mean falling, and even when it does, HE helps us get back up, dusts us off, and says, "Take heart...I have overcome..."

GOD BLESS!

 
At October 27, 2010 at 7:44 PM , Blogger Karen said...

Wow...I got dizzy just looking at that picture...glad your "slip" didn't do much damage...

My spiritual slips have done damage...but praise the Lord...His hand is always near and His mercies are always new....

 
At October 27, 2010 at 9:12 PM , Blogger Faith Imagined said...

I can relate to every single one of your posts! Satan sure knows how to use our complacency to his advantage.

 
At October 28, 2010 at 2:35 AM , Blogger Lorena G. Sims said...

Yes! I have found myself slipping away many times. But it is comforting to know that we have God who we can lean on to.

 
At October 28, 2010 at 5:01 AM , Blogger Ozjane said...

Ouch.....I can identify with that one whilst appreciating the graphic and verse.
I managed to fall onto my knees in the bedroom.....so thankful for carpet but being on my replaced knees is a little like being on a bed of nails. Had some great bruises....
But He kept me from hitting cabinets and so I am most grateful.

 
At October 28, 2010 at 8:48 AM , Blogger Guiding Light said...

Great post - and a great reminder! Have a wonderfully blessed day!

 
At October 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM , Blogger PatriciaW said...

Whenever I feel as though something's a little off, maybe I've slipped, I'm reminded that God is constant. He hasn't moved and He doesn't slip. So it must be me, and I'm inspired to find my way back to gripping His hand more tightly.

 
At October 28, 2010 at 1:13 PM , Blogger Pat said...

Hi Wanda
Those days do make you feel horrible,but as you said it's so important to stay focused.Today is one of those days for me "yuck" just feeling blah,blah,blah!!! I thank God it want last.Wonderful post Wanda.

 
At October 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM , Blogger Saija said...

good posting ... and i love the psalms you used - one of my favourite reminders that God is always there to hear my cry and lift me up!

blessings on you!

 
At October 28, 2010 at 9:11 PM , Blogger Beth E. said...

A wonderful post, Wanda! It felt as if you were speaking directly to me...have you been looking over my shoulder? ;-)

Just wanted to stop by and visit your blog...I'm so glad I did! Thank you, again, for visiting mine.

 
At October 28, 2010 at 9:38 PM , Blogger Cathy said...

Thank God for His everlasting love and that He upholds us. Blessings ~

 
At October 29, 2010 at 10:28 AM , Anonymous Elizabeth West said...

Great post, Wanda. Maybe I need to try using that phrase. I seem to feel lately that my communications are not being heard.

Anyway it made me feel a bit better. Thanks. :)

 
At October 30, 2010 at 3:33 PM , Blogger Chelle said...

Beautiful...

You've been tagged..head over to my blog

 
At October 30, 2010 at 7:33 PM , Blogger Stuff could always be worse said...

Wow, this post touches me, I agree with it. I do not want to slip away either.
kim

 
At October 31, 2010 at 6:58 AM , Blogger Just Be Real said...

Oh yes I can certainly relate. Thank you Wanda for such a thought provoking post. Blessings.

 
At October 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM , Blogger Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Isn't it amazing that three of us have fallen (you, Sharon, and myself), and that the Lord has taught each of us a different lesson from the fall.
I love your post on slipping into complacency with our walk with the Lord. It happens too easily. Just as slipping into complacency with our loved ones. It's too easy to take people for granted~the Lord's love included.

Blessings,
Janis

 
At November 1, 2010 at 7:28 AM , Blogger Mike said...

Encouraging :) Being intentional about turning to Him is a habit that I need to cultivate! Thank you.

 

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