Ever get discouraged?

I know, stupid question maybe.  I must admit that two days this week were very difficult for me. The first day I left the office early and spent time with my family. The second day, I called two friends on the way to work.  I was fighting discouragement and literally cried to the second one.  By the time I got to work I picked myself up and got down to a plan of attack.  I can’t stay discouraged.  I must move forward.  The Lord is SO prevalent in my life.  It doesn’t take long to realize that I am a blessed man.  And, compared to many, I am even financially blessed, though sometimes it is hard for me to see.  Often, it is easier for me to focus on negatives rather than my blessings.

I say all that because I realize that you too may be struggling with discouragement. I have been in ministry for 13 years, over 8 full-time by faith.  I walked out of homosexuality 21 years ago.  I have faced some very hard times, however my story pales in comparison to many I work with.  How do we get through the difficult times?  It is NOT by focusing on our problems, obstacles, or naysayers! Get behind me Satan!

When I see that the Lord has already provided a way of escape for me (1 Corinthians 10:13) and start looking for the opportunities that I have, I will find that there is a way.  I can see dark clouds or I can see that the Lord has provided refreshing rains for a dry and parched ground.

Where are you today?  I hope you are well.  If you are not, please know that you are not alone.  We are here for you, and the Lord is there for you.  You might not see Him or you may have lost hope for yourself or your family member.  You may be focusing on the obstacles and feeling hopeless.  I strongly believe in four verses working in concert with one another in our relationships: Ecclesiastes 4:7-12, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 5:16 & Revelation 12:11 (See back for scriptures).  The Lord brings strong men and women into our life to help us when we are down.  If you are down and discouraged, I encourage you to reach out to someone that the Lord is encouraging you to share with.  If you are up, then help someone who is down.

Remember Peter out on the water, walking to Jesus?  He took his focus off of Jesus and began to sink.  “But when he (Peter) saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.  “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matt 14:22-33

Whatever we are going through, the Lord has already supplied a way of escape, encouragement and success for us if we are only willing to reach out for help.  Call on Him, and consider calling a friend.  If you don’t have one, ask the Lord to bring you one, and He will.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

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