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Flat or Pumped?

Spiritual dryness, Flat FaithDo you prefer flats or high-heeled pumps? I love the look of high-heels, but I can’t wear them for very long before my feet start hurting. Then all I want to do is kick them off and step into some flats.

Flats or pumps are simply a matter of preference. We can choose to suit our style and comfort. Either kind of shoe is acceptable footwear. But we should never settle for “flat” faith.

Flat shoes? Fun and comfortable! Flat faith? Frustrating and discouraging! Is your faith “flat” or “pumped?”

What is flat faith?

The word flat can be defined as “without vitality or animation; lifeless; dull.”Many Christians with flat faith love Jesus and continue to serve Him, but they often feel as though they’re simply going through the motions of Christianity. Their love for Christ is short on passion. They serve largely out of a sense of duty or because that’s what they’ve always done. The routine of the Christian life may even feel superficial and directionless.

Although not an exhaustive list, here are ten signs that may indicate your faith needs some pumping up:

  1. Relationship with Christ is not deepening and growing.
  2. Religious activities overshadow your relationship with Christ.
  3. Life of faith feels boring, tired, or overwhelming.
  4. Feeling of disconnect from God; no real sense of His presence or voice.
  5. Little excitement over or awareness of God’s activity.
  6. Little or no anticipation that God will work.
  7. Praise and worship feels dry and forced.
  8. Nagging sense you should be experiencing more.
  9. Notice fiery faith in others’ lives that you desire.
  10. Efforts and activity produce few results of eternal value.

Countless Christians experience flat faith. Some have never experienced a vibrant faith characterized by real intimacy with Christ. Flat faith is all they’ve known. Others have lost the passion for Christ they once had and desperately long to find it again.

I fell in that first group. Raised in the church, I accepted Jesus when I was eight. But I spent the next 18 years desperately trying to feel vitally connected to God and find passion in my relationship with Jesus.  When I was finally desperate enough to open up and honestly share my struggle with a Christian friend, God put me on a path to a pumped up faith.

You can read a bit more of my story in the following links:

Got Flat Faith? Get Fed Up!

Fed Up with Flat Faith by Kathy HowardDo you have flat faith? I didn’t have to settle and neither do you. In my new book “Fed Up with Flat Faith” I share 5 attitudes and 5 actions God used in my life to pump up and fire up my flat, dry faith.

Got flat faith? Get fed up and let God pump you up.

Let’s Talk: What adjectives would you use to describe your faith?

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57 Responses to Flat or Pumped?

  1. Laura Pratt March 14, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    I am so excited about this book. I hate that it is out of stock on Amazon.

    • Kathy March 14, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by. I too have been frustrated that the print version is still out of stock on Amazon. However, you can purchase it from the publisher’s website. Here’s the link: http://www.wmustore.com/product.asp?sku=N134110

  2. Laura Pratt March 14, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Shared on Facebook.

    • Kathy March 14, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      Thanks Laura! Another entry for you!

  3. Laura Pratt March 14, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Pinned it!

    • Kathy March 14, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      You are entered again!

  4. Laura Pratt March 14, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Shared the FB page!

    • Kathy March 14, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      Thank you for helping to spread the word about the book. I’ve got you entered again!

  5. Janice March 14, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    I am so excited about this book, Flat Faith. I was thinking of using it for a Bible Study I led for young Moms….

    • Kathy March 14, 2013 at 9:45 am #

      Hi Janice! There are discussion questions for each chapter that would help with that. I think the topic would be great for young moms. Thanks for commenting, you are entered for the giveaway!

  6. Teresa March 14, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    I shared on facebook

    • Kathy March 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Hi Teresa! Thanks for sharing. You are entered!

  7. Teresa March 14, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    I would describe my faith as dry and dusty

    • Kathy March 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      Teresa, I struggled for almost 20 years. God can water your soul and infuse your faith with passion. Although there is no quick fix, there are things you can do to position yourself for God’s activity. The book gives you 5 attitudes to check and 5 acts of obedience that will move you to the center of what God wants to do. Recalling times you’ve sensed God’s presence and seen His activity in the past can also create a spark. It’s a good place to start. Here’s a link to an article I wrote about “gathering tinder” if you’d like to take a look. It gives you prompts to help you remember these times.
      http://www.livingbetterat50.com/gathering-tinder-faith-fire/?utm_source=Women-of-Faith%2C+March+10%2C+2013&utm_campaign=women+of+faith&utm_medium=email

  8. Shelly March 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    I feel passionate about my faith, but I don’t always know how to convey it or act upon it so well, and then I end up doing nothing. I have so many well intentioned plans that I never carry through when it comes to this. I really frustrate myself! Ugh!

    • Kathy March 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

      Shelley, are you talking about witnessing or knowing and following God’s will? (By the way, you are entered again!)

      • Shelly March 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

        I would say knowing and following God’s will. I seem to get stuck a lot.

        • Kathy March 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

          If you’ve never done the study “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby it would be the perfect place to start!

          • Shelly March 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

            Thank you!

    • Kathy March 21, 2013 at 7:08 am #

      Shelly, you are the winner of the giveaway! Email me your mailing address and I will get the book in the mail to you!

  9. Shelly March 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Shared on Twitter!

    • Kathy March 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Thanks Shelly! You are entered!

  10. Julie S. March 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    I think this book is just what I need right now! Can’t wait to get a copy!

    • Kathy March 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      Hi Julie! Thanks for stopping by. I do hope the book will be a source of encouragement for you. You are entered!

  11. Julie S. March 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Shared on Facebook.

    • Kathy March 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      Entered again!

  12. Julie S. March 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Pinned on Pinterest.

    • Kathy March 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      And one more time!

  13. LeAnne March 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Shared on facebook. :o)

    • Kathy March 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks LeAnne! You are entered!

  14. jennie March 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Great title and illustration, there has been times I have struggled in this area.

    • Kathy March 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Hi Jennie, every Christians does struggle sometimes. Even if flat faith isn’t a consistent problem it’s good to be reminded of the attitudes we need to keep and actions we can take to keep ourselves in the place with God. Thanks for stopping by, you are entered in the giveaway!

  15. Wanda Fulkerson March 18, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    I pinned it. Looking forward to the book.

    • Kathy March 18, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Wanda, you are entered twice for the drawing!

  16. Wanda Fulkerson March 18, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    I think my first comment didn’t get through. Too bad. Said a lot and don’t have time this morning. Let’s just say I share this desire for a pumped up faith!

    • Kathy March 18, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Hi Wanda! I am so sorry about the trouble with getting comments posted. Thank you for trying again! I don’t see it in the admin area at all so something must have gone wrong! Would love to hear your thoughts later if you have time!

  17. Evie Knutsen March 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    I shared this book on facebook. Can’t wait to read it through now! God bless you!

    • Kathy March 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi Evie! Thanks for sharing, you’re entered!

  18. Mary Dekam March 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    So looking forward to getting this book. Love to do a book study with ladies at my church.

    • Kathy March 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi Mary, thanks for coming by. You’re entered for the drawing!

  19. Mary Dekam March 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I shared the kick off party on facebook.

    • Kathy March 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Thanks for sharing, Mary. You are entered again!

  20. Pamela Burton March 20, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    I have lived a pumped up faith all my life, but the last few years have been flat. I am really heart broken about it. I want to live a pumped up life in the Lord again. Your book sounds wonderful.

    • Kathy March 20, 2013 at 6:15 am #

      Hi Pam, thanks for stopping by. Seasons of flat faith will come. Spiritual ups and downs are usually the norm. However, when we have extended periods of spiritual dryness we want to do a spiritual inventory to make sure our attitudes and behavior are in line with God’s will. I hope the book will be a source of encouragement. You are entered in the drawing!

  21. Janet March 20, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Looks like a book I am needing for this time in my life.

    • Kathy March 20, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      Hi Janet! I hope the book will be helpful. You are entered for the drawing!

  22. Janet March 20, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    Shared on Facebook!

    • Kathy March 20, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      Entered again!

  23. Janet March 20, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Shared on Pinterest!

    • Kathy March 20, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      Entered again!

  24. Janet March 20, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Shared this page on Facebook!

    • Kathy March 20, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      And again!

  25. Shanda Stirk March 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    I have been getting to your site from Connie’s postings on Facebook andhave enjoyed your stories and will now look for your books. Thanks for posting this contest.
    Pinned your post on my Pinterest site. Shanda

    • Kathy March 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Hi Shanda, glad you found my site. You are entered!

  26. Whitney Peper March 21, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    Hey Kathy,
    Hope your well! I am so excited about the new book.
    I am looking into it for a women’s home group I am
    starting through our church next month!
    Whitney

    • Kathy March 21, 2013 at 6:58 am #

      Hey Whitney! Glad you stopped by. You made it into the drawing just in the nick of time!

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