Women’s Ministry Questions… Leaders with a Clogged Drain


clogged drain.jpgOne of the questions our leadership panel received at the 2010 forum was this:  How do you deal with a season of feeling like a clogged drain? Your head understands, you walk in obedience, you trust, but the flame is flickering. I am walking daily and refusing to give in to discouragement, but it seems like a struggle. I have more struggle days than non.

Now, now many of you reading this have felt just like this? If you have been serving long at all you know that there are highs and lows in our spiritual journey. Sometimes you are floating above the mundane and learning new and exciting principles that impact your spiritual live daily. Other seasons, you feel like you are reading the Word, praying and yet there seems to be no progress. I tell my women’s small group at church often, “Can you at least see a little progress?”

If you are like me, you’d love to grow spiritually in leaps and bounds all the time. You’d love to say and do exactly what Jesus would want you to do. And sometimes you feel as though that is happening. But other times it seems like nothing at all is happening. Guess what…that is SO normal!

So, what do we do when we have a clogged drain and it is a dry season? First of all, you keep doing what you KNOW to do-stay in the Word, trust the truth not the feelings, listen to inspirational CDs and worship music, and pray continually. It would be really helpful to also get an accountability partner and ask them to pray for and with you.

Perhaps you could take a spiritual retreat for a day, a weekend or even a week. Many leaders have spent this kind of “quiet” time seeking God’s hand in their life and ministry. Many come away not only refreshed but with a rekindled vision for the spiritual journey they are on.

You may only see small baby steps of progress, but persist even when it’s hard. If you give up, you give the enemy the victory. His desire is to defeat you daily!

I remember during an especially dry ministry and spiritual season, I continued seeking HIM more than I was seeking an answer to the difficult situation. I felt like I was just barely treading water and not making any progress at all. As I sought HIM primarily, He began to teach me new aspects of His character. I developed an even deeper walk with Him. But what if I’d given up before that point? I would have missed this deeper life in Him. Don’t give up! He hasn’t moved at all. He knows right where you are and He cares enough to walk with you every step of the way. Believe Him!

Helpful resources:
Believing God
Knowing God by Name
Discerning the Voice of God
Me Myself and Lies


  1. says

    I think every woman who has been a Christian for any length of time can relate to the “clogged drain” feeling.
    I’ve been in the ministry for almost 20 years and for me, I’ve had seasons of barrenness and times when I felt more like I was treading water. Not getting anywhere – just keeping my head above water and wearing myself out in the process.
    I think the Lord allows us to sense those wilderness seasons so that we will make HIM the passionate pursuit of our lives.It’s strange how ministry can become our focus instead of the Living God. Seasons of silence help us hear his His still small voice call us back to the place of our first love – back to the place of the thrill of knowing Him.
    Those ‘clogged drain’ times help us long for fresh faith. They help us appreciate our relationship with Him and His obvious presence in our lives.
    They’re always hard, but oh how sweet it is when those times of refreshing come!

  2. Chris Adams says

    Thank you so much, Stephanie, for affirming to us all that this is so much a part of our spiritual journey even as a leader! And for helping other women Keep their Faith that the refreshing WILL come! Just hold on.

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