"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.
My name is Amber Marshall. I graduated from Free Gospel Bible Institute in 2019. I left Bible school with an overwhelming desire to help others, but, like many, I wondered how I could. This blog is my chance to do that using my passion for writing. I pray that anything that is published on this website ministers and blesses others!