From Our Hearts to Yours
Discouragement is a fact of life. You might even have a case of it today! Here are a few ways you can deal with discouragement:
- Recognize the source of discouragement—The devil. The enemy of your soul would like nothing better than to take you out of the game and see you benched.
- Resist the temptation—When you are tempted to give in to discouragement you are to “resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
- Regain your relationship—After you resist the devil, take the next step and “draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (verse 8).
- Remember your power—You have Christ’s power working in and through you. Remember the promise of Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
- Respond to encouragement, and encourage others—When others encourage you, “be quick to hear” (James 1:19). Also “encourage one another day after day” (Hebrews 3:13).
Who needs a word or an act of encouragement from you today? A little bit of encouragement can go a long way toward brightening someone’s spirit and motivating them to press on.
Drawn from Finding God’s Path Through Your Trials. This encouraging book discusses the hard times we all face. It will remind you that God won’t give you trials you cannot bear without including a way of escape. By turning to Jesus, you will find hope, joy, and meaning in your journey, no matter how bumpy it seems.
Contentment is a wonderful state to be in, and Psalm 84:11 tells us why we can be content … no matter what:
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
Reason #1—God is your sun. You have His provision. Just as the sun is the source of all physical life, so God is the source of all life, both physical and spiritual.
Reason #2—God is your shield. You have His protection. Just as a shield is protection in war, so God is your source of safety and security.
Reason #3—God gives you His grace. When you need Him, God provides all things through His grace. You don’t have to worry about being strong enough.
Reason #4—God will give you glory. He will give you glory—eternal glory—no matter how or when you die. And you will experience some of Jesus’ glory while here on earth!
Reason #5—God gives what is good. You can be content knowing that your good God only gives good gifts, what is 100-percent good or beneficial for you.
What has God withheld from you that you think you really need? The true answer is “Nothing!” If you needed it, your good God has already given it to you or will give it to you.
Drawn from What God Wants to do For You. In this helpful resource, Jim George shares 24 sure promises from the Bible that show just how much God loves us. Includes study questions that help readers know how they can benefit from God’s incredible promises in their everyday lives.
What person hasn’t dreamed of coming home to a set table and a delicious, prepared meal on Thanksgiving Day? When David prayed to God in Psalm 23, he said, “You prepare a table before me” (verse 5). Your host for this feast is the Lord Himself. And the table is prepared for you in advance because you are an anticipated, invited guest.
Imagine! Your divine host is the awesome, all-powerful, all-knowing God. He is attentive, watching for every opportunity to provide for you, continually refilling your cup. He delights in pouring out a generous portion. This dream is for real! God invites you to this table of fellowship and thanksgiving.
Have a seat! Participate with Him in His personal love for you. Relax … and enjoy!
Sweet Lord, You are so thoughtful. My every need is satisfied when I’m in Your presence. I delight in this feast and am fully nourished by Your love, attention, and care. Amen.
In Elizabeth George’s book, One Minute With The Women Of The Bible, you’ll find encouragement for your faith journey. Start or end your day with powerful reminders of God’s work in the lives of women in the Bible.
You’ve read it in the Bible. You’ve heard it taught at church. And you hear people talk about it. Yes, by this time you already know that you are supposed to pray. Well, don’t give up on faithfully talking with God. Three simple acts will help you move forward in developing a better prayer life.
- “Head for bed.”As soon as dinner is over start getting ready for bed. Finish your school work and wash your face and brush your teeth. Then check your schedule for the next day. Begin a “to-do” list for tomorrow and get into your pj’s. Next, set out your prayer notebook and Bible in the place where you will have your devotions the next morning. You see, you are on a mission to get up in the morning and meet with God.
- “Something is better than nothing.”If you are looking for the “sweet hour of prayer” and it’s not happening, try for something more realistic. Start with “a sweet five minutes of prayer.” Then, in time, as you begin to experience the joy of time spent praying, you will find that, little by little, you are spending more and more of time in prayer.
- “Desire to pray.” You already know you need to pray. You’ve probably learned some skills and practices that help you pray. Yet, if you never desire to pray, your knowledge and skills will mean nothing. Praying will never become a habit or a spiritual discipline if the one main ingredient—your desire—is missing.
In A Young Woman’s Guide to Prayer, Elizabeth George draws from her own journey, the Bible, and the lives of others to reveal the explosive power and dynamic impact of prayer on everyday life.