As I mentioned previously, I’m re-publishing and modifying older blog posts to wrap up 2016. This one seems especially relevant for an end of the year admonition to let go of the old and move forward with confidence into the new year!
Banish discouragement so you can move forward. Sounds good to me! Discouragement is just another negative, toxic mindset that adversely affects our feelings and prevents us from really living the kind of life we want to live…and often delays us from fulfilling our potential. Learning effective strategies to deal with discouragement–like reading words of encouragement (main idea of this blog!) and spending time with people who encourage and build us up, rather than tear us down.
Here is your inspiration for today…
“Missionary William Ward said discouragement is
‘dissatisfaction with the past,
distaste for the present,
and distrust of the future.’
If you’ve dealt with dissatisfaction in your life,
you know that is true.
Discouragement steals the zeal we need for living.
It makes us believe we will fail
before we have even tried to succeed.
There is nothing wrong with feeling disappointed
about something, dealing with it, and moving on–
that’s a natural reaction
when something doesn’t go as you hoped it would.
But discouragement doesn’t let you move on.
Discouragement stays with you,
stealing your joy, your energy,
and clouding your judgment.
You don’t have to live captive to the feelings
of discouragement any longer.
The moment you begin to feel
despair or discouragement–
whether it be over something big or small–
remind yourself of God’s goodness in your life.
Don’t let insecurity, regrets and dreads,
or discouragement ruin your life.
Others may live captive
to unhealthy and ungodly feelings,
but you don’t have to.
As a child of God, you can make the daily choice
to live by the Spirit
instead of living by your emotions.
With God, you always go forward…never backward.
Forward into something new.
Forward into something better.
Forward into destiny.”
–Joyce Meyer in “You Can Begin Again”
In this upcoming new year of 2017, I am on a mission, by God’s grace and the power of HIS might, to overcome obstacles and pull down strongholds! Discouragement is one of those that has been a resident for FAR too long in my life! Time to serve an eviction notice, I believe, so I can move forward into a more positive life and be better equipped to help and encourage others.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you struggle with discouragement on a regular basis?
Do you have a support network of positive, encouraging people who help pull you up when you’re down?