Do you struggle with discouragement sometimes? Hey, me too! To start off this week, my sweet godly friend, Charity, is sharing biblical thoughts about how to defeat discouragement. On top of that, she is offering five super simple action steps to take to defeat it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
There you are, perfectly content and happy and then BAM!
You find out your closest friends didn’t invite you to a party, or that the new guy at work got the promotion that you’ve been working towards. Maybe you just took your 8th negative pregnancy test and you so desperately want your own baby….or, maybe the opposite is true, you’ve taken your eighth positive pregnancy test. When the first sign of discouragement comes banging at your door you can either wallow in despair or counteract it with these action steps:
1 Samuel 30:6b
“…But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”
Pray for yourself. The Bible teaches that David (you know, the one whose father-in-law was trying to murder him as he lived in a cave waiting to be king), that same David, “encouraged himself in the Lord.” One of the ways we can do that is by talking to the one who is in control and knows all the good plans He has laid out for us.
2. Write a “Thank You” Note
Ephesians 1:15a & 16a “Wherefore I also…cease not to give thanks for you.”
This is a big one, when I had graduated college and was living in an apartment attached to my parents home, I learned that it was easy to find myself in “the depths of despair.” And I didn’t like it… NOT. AT. ALL! I started writing thank you notes to EVERYONE! Yes! Everyone! My friends, family, political leaders, past teachers, the mailman, you name it, I wrote it. (Okay, maybe not the mailman), but if I thought about it I would have written him a “thank you” note too. 😉
*Emilie here! 😉 I thought I’d make a couple of free thank you card printables to help you out with this step! Just click the links below.*
3. Count Your Blessings
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God…concerning you.”
Wow! If you are allowed to read this, it means you’re not under communism. It also means you can read (do you know how many people are illiterate in the United States alone? I don’t, but if you look it up, let me know, that would be a good stat to add to this blog!) In all seriousness, get a pen and a piece of paper and start writing down every little thing for which you can be thankful.
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4. Contact a Friend and Encourage Them
Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
This is different from the “Thank You” note because it takes absolutely no prep at all. It’s all done easily through social media. Send a private massage, text, or call a good friend and tell them how they have been an encouragement to you in your life. Bring up a memory, or tell them a reason for which you’re grateful. You won’t believe the timing…you will have friends message you back thanking you, letting you know that God used you at just the right moment.
5. Go to the Bible
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God…rightly dividing the word of truth.”
The easiest way I’ve found to know the mind of God on a subject is by Googling…technology is simply amazing these days. If you type in your search engine “Bible verses about discouragement” you’ll be amazed at what you will see. After reading a few, physically write them out and put them up in your home where you will see it throughout the day. Find Biblical examples of those who were discouraged and study their story, see how the Lord worked and apply those life lessons to your own life.
These are proven steps to get your mind focused off of yourself and back onto Jesus, because that’s all discouragement really is, isn’t it? Focusing on God’s creation, instead of being in awe of God the Creator.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. What have you used to climb out of that discouragement pit? Post it below and if this has been a help to you, please share it with a friend.
All my love,