Friday, 12 August 2022

F Faith and Fitness

In a Rut...In a Slump

Do you ever feel like you are in a rut or in a slump?  Do you ever feel like the things that you were once passionate about have “faded” or become “work”?  Have you ever felt you’ve lost the excitement about your calling and purpose...,whether it be your career, ministry, etc?  I have to admit that I have struggled with this the last several months.  My career and ministry as a gym owner and personal trainer once was such that I was so excited....24/ be over my head in pursuing, growing, reaching out, and moving forward at full speed with this amazing job/ministry that I felt I had been so blessed with.  With all honesty, 2017 has been a hard year for me.  I have felt I have lost my excitement and passion.  I feel it is such hard work to even keep it “afloat”....much less feel like I’m being effective at helping and ministering to my clients.  It seems the business side of it is in a slump too.  I think back to the many years I was on fire for what I do, and I was reaching people like crazy and impacting their lives in huge ways.  I remember feeling as if it seemed too good to be true that my career and ministry was growing, thriving, and making such a difference to the degree that it was.  But that has not been the case this entire year.  I have questioned, beat myself, blamed myself, wondered over and over again what I am doing wrong, and..,as hard as it is to say...considered giving it all up.  I have tried to conjure up the excitement and passion once again.  I have tried to be creative in making things the way they once were only a short time ago.  I have wondered if God’s favor and blessing over it has diminished.  Maybe it was all that it was supposed to be and God’s timing with it is done. 


In my heart I can’t accept this.  In my heart, I would be heartbroken if I gave it all up now.  I fully feel in my heart that what God gave me to do with this career/ministry hasn’t even scratched the surface of it’s full potential and plan that He has.  So why the “valley”?  I have no idea.  I’ve asked God to show me.  All I know is that I feel it isn’t over.  No matter how much I get frustrated, confused, worried, and questioning the existence of it at this point, I feel God saying deep in my spirit that it isn’t over.  So what do I do while I’m in this valley?  I continue to trust Him and pray that He will lead each step that I take with it until I’m on the “mountain top” again.  As long as He gives me that one word....that one message....that it isnt over...I can keep working and plowing away.  I don’t want to cut short the plan of God because if I do that then His work in me is not complete.  I have to continue to work hard and reach out to help people, to make a difference in their lives, and be the hands and feet of God to others. 


Are you going through something similar in your life?  Is it your job, your ministry, something you’re so passionate about, something/whatever you consider your ultimate purpose?  Is it something you’ve seen amazing progress with?  Health?  Fitness?  Relationships??Are you confused and not understanding what is going on and why things are in a slump?  Have you worked and worked to bring everything out of this slump to no avail?  Have you felt like giving it all up, questioning yourself?  Pray.  Listen to the simple words from God.  He may not change your situation immediately.  He hasn’t changed mine immediately.  I’m still waiting very patiently.  But He continues to speak the same message to isn’t over.  So I will wait.  I will keep doing what I can to make it continue to move forward until He causes it to excel again.  As hard as it is, as much as I will probably continue to question at times, as exhausting as it is (and discouraging) I will keep plugging away because He said it isn’t over.  Don’’t give up.  If you won’t....I won’t. ;).


II Chronicles 15:7:  As for you, be strong and do not give up for your work will be rewarded. 

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams


Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 



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