#049 – 3 Tips for Breaking Out of a Rut

#049 – 3 Tips for Breaking Out of a Rut

On today’s faith-centered podcast, I talk about what can get us going in circles, and what we can do to break out of those ruts.

Everyone I know wants to move forward in their life. They want to achieve their goals and they desire to realize their dreams.

But what gets in the way?

Why do so many people get stuck – tripping up on the same challenges over and over again and ultimately not being able to realize the very lives they long for.

I think the Bible may have some clues about what works… and what doesn’t.

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As I continue to read through the Bible

I’m drawn to the story of the Israelites.

The nation of Israel, beloved of the Lord, repeatedly makes the same mistakes over and over again.  They seem oblivious to their poor choices and to the blessings they forfeit by going in circles.

Well, maybe I’m drawn to their story because it’s my story.

Actually, I think that this idea of going in circles, being stuck, struggling to get free, and then finding oneself right back in the same pit is a theme for a lot of people.

So on today’s podcast, I exam what the Israelites didn’t do and contrast that with what we what we should do.

God made it very clear what he wanted the Israelites to do.  They just never got around to doing it.

Consistently anyway.

Our problem is probably not lack of information but lack of activation.

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My prayer is that today’s podcast motivates you to action.

I pray that you would use the knowledge you already possess, take the risk to move into new territory, and allow God’s grace to cover you as you journey.

I can’t promise that breaking out your rut will be easy.

But I can promise you that it will be worth it.

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I think that is my favorite message from today’s podcast.

Life isn’t gonna be perfect.  In fact, it might come pretty hard for you.  Like the Israelites, you might find at every turn that there is something or someone waiting to bring you down and discourage you, get you off track, or distract you from your personal finish line.

However, you don’t simply have to react to the events your life.

You get to make choices.

Those choices may not be easy and they might even take a little courage on your part.

But haven’t you heard?

Scared is the new brave.


Come on.

Break out of that rut.

Get to the next level.

Move on to the next season.

You can do it.


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Highlights from Today’s Episode:

“3 Tips for Breaking Out of a Rut” 

  • Finish what you start.
  • Don’t blame other people for your problems.
  • Live aware. Pay attention to your life.


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  1. Vickie April 7, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing these amazing lessons today. At 64 , I am literally rebuilding my life. A job, a car and a place to live. But this i know for sure, God is with me every step I take.
    Have a.Blessed Day and thank you for your ministry..

    • Chrystal Hurst April 9, 2015 at 12:58 am - Reply

      Yes He is with you!

  2. P April 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Your podcasts are always genuine and full of wisdom and accountability. Without fail, these messages are the sister talks I need to keep me motivated as I walk through seasonal changes and personal growth.

    • Chrystal Hurst April 9, 2015 at 12:57 am - Reply

      Glad we are “sisters”. You made me smile tonight. Thanks!

  3. Tehesha April 8, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Thanks for this podcast! All I can say is OUCH! This really hit home for me! I needed to hear this TODAY! Finishing what I start is such a challenge!

    • Chrystal Hurst April 9, 2015 at 12:57 am - Reply

      It is for me too! I was basically talking to myself 🙂

  4. Cynta Outterbridge April 8, 2015 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for thIs!! Been going through the same thing every few years this time I decided to approach the situation differently and that’s been helping….I listened to the podcast twice and took a few notes… I’m gonna get through this!!

  5. Scott Rodriguez April 9, 2015 at 1:34 am - Reply

    …(continued from the 20 ways thread)…
    I was listening to this podcast while on my Word cycle (Psalm 90 now) and waiting on my latest delivery near Cleveland. Rather than go through the whole laundry list of things you’ve confirmed for me, I’ll just say this: “Thank you for being real.” Enjoy the journey. Jesus continue to be a fence…

  6. angela April 9, 2015 at 8:17 am - Reply

    WOW….I just discovered this podcast and LOVED it. I so needed to hear this and it was like sitting down with a close friend and chatting. Thank you Chrystal!!

  7. Abby Breuklander April 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing, I can’t tell you how much I needed this!!

  8. Wendy Bronson July 9, 2015 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Chrystal thank you for sharing your life & how God moves & uses you. You inspire me to stay out of my own ruts. God bless ya my Sister in Christ.

  9. Diane Burgess August 12, 2015 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Thank you for the encouragement, I really needed this all that I have read! Thank you

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