Discouragement Is Hard

The last couple of weeks have brought lots of discouragement in my life. Friends and family are hurting and dealing with a myriad of life’s difficulties. When someone else hurts, I hurt deeply for them.
What can we do when discouragement seems to settle in and take up residence in our hearts?
1. Thank God for the hard stuff.
One of my “go-to” books is The Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. One of her recommendations is to thank God for life’s hard stuff. This is just about the only way to see your way through when life gets rough. Simply thank God for the challenging times and trust that He knows about it and is actively doing something. It brings God into the forefront of your thinking and reminds you He is there and aware.
2. Get in the Word.
If you want to hear God’s voice amidst the noise of chaos in our world, go to the source and read His Word. You will hear him clearly and plainly. You will become more grounded in your faith and remind your heart and mind who is actually in control.
3. Pray
If you want God to hear your voice, talk to Him. Tell Him how you are feeling, bring it all and lay it down at His feet. Think it, whisper it, say it, shout it, or scream it. He can take it. Talk to Him and get it out of your mind and into His. He is waiting to hear from you.
4. Trust God in the Hard Stuff
The hard part is often the in between. There is a song I love to hear for the times I feel like God is taking a little longer than I would recommend. But, know that even when nothing seems to be happening or changing, God is working, has been working, and will continue to work for the “good of those who love him.”
Here is the

Discouragement is Hard

The last couple of weeks have brought lots of discouragement in my life. Friends and family are hurting and dealing with a myriad of life’s difficulties. When someone else hurts, I hurt deeply for them.

What can we do when discouragement seems to settle in and take up residence in our hearts?

  1. Thank God for the hard stuff.

One of my “go-to” books is The Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. One of her recommendations is to thank God for life’s hard stuff. This is just about the only way to see your way through when life gets rough. Simply thank God for the challenging times and trust that He knows about it and is actively doing something. It brings God into the forefront of your thinking and reminds you He is there and aware.

  1. Get in the Word.

If you want to hear God’s voice amidst the noise of chaos in our world, go to the source and read His Word. You will hear him clearly and plainly. You will become more grounded in your faith and remind your heart and mind who is actually in control.

  1. Pray

If you want God to hear your voice, talk to Him. Tell Him how you are feeling, bring it all and lay it down at His feet. Think it, whisper it, say it, shout it, or scream it. He can take it. Talk to Him and get it out of your mind and into His. He is waiting to hear from you.

  1. Trust God in the Hard Stuff

The hard part is often the in between. There is a song I love to hear for the times I feel like God is taking a little longer than I would recommend. But, know that even when nothing seems to be happening or changing, God is working, has been working, and will continue to work for the “good of those who love him.”

The song is called Four Days Late and sung by Karen Peck and New River.

Here is the song.

Our feelings are gifts from God. There will be times of sorrow and times of joy. Know that your feelings matter. God sees and knows what you are experiencing. Take your feelings to Jesus. Just remember He is bigger than our problems, bigger than our enemies, and bigger than our fears.  Hang in there!

Even when he seems late on his promises, he’s never really late, ever.

Blessings!

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