"Discouragement can drain us of all hope, of all vision, of all our tomorrows, and dreams." - Joanna Weaver
Have you been overwhelmed by the load of responsibilities or fateful circumstances? It is easy to get distracted in the midst of it all but distraction can be an open door for discouragement. When we get distracted from our walk with God, then discouragement and distress could be right around the corner. We ought to take the same approach that David did in 1 Samuel.
1 Samuel 30:6
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
What are some ways that you can "encourage yourself in the Lord"?
1) Pray! (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Seek the face of the Lord. Tell him all of your troubles. Ask for His direction. If you feel as if He has become a stranger to you, then renew your relationship with Him. We cease to know Him when we cease to seek Him.
Read the Psalms. Read the stories of Bible characters who went through some discouraging times but made it through with the help of God. (Such as Job, Daniel, Esther, Ruth, and so on) Read the stories of modern day heroes that have a wonderful story of God's grace.
3) Be encouraged. (Isaiah 41:10)
Speak to someone with wisdom if you are needing counsel or guidance, such as your pastor, youth leader, parent, or a mentor. Don't try to go through your trials alone. The Lord is with you and for you.
Sonia E. Vargas
Sonia's desire and hope is to write for the purpose of inspiring this generation, especially young woman.
Hannah Helm is a fun and outgoing young woman who loves to bring laughter and joy to anyone she comes in contact with. She is 23 years old and is a leader of Girl's Exalting the Master Ministry.
Paula is a passionate follower of Christ and loves to encourage others around her to do the same. She is 26 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014.
Kristyn is a sweet and gentle young lady from Trinity Holiness Tabernacle. She is 19 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She plays the piano and sings beautifully. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014 and Honduras team in 2016.