Lately, I’ve been fighting being discouraged. I’m sharing some tips on how to overcome discouragement.
Since Joining my new church, I recently accepted the position as the co-coordinator of MOPS at my church. If you haven’t heard of Mops, it stands for Mother’s of Preschoolers, it’s an organization of women around the world, a sisterhood of women, who, encourage one another, because raising humans is beautiful and hard, and having each other to lean on is life-giving. Connecting moms all over the community, who meet twice a month, together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of being a mom. It is such an awesome group of women.
Taking on this position has challenged me, every way possible and there been many times, I’ve wanted to quit. Lately, I’ve been snappy and that’s not like me. I’m always joyful and excited to do God’s work but I’ve been more worried about getting things done and God not coming to my rescue. When that is a very lie from the pit of hell! God has always come through, He is ALWAYS faithful.
My snappiness and not trusting God has come from my lack of putting in time in God’s presence. Demonstrating my trust in God is by sitting quietly in His presence. Putting aside all that is waiting to be done for the day and refusing to worry about anything. Sitting in God’s presence strengths me and prepares me to face whatever the day will bring.
This act of faith, drawing near to God and waiting before working is the most effective way to resist evil. This world is complex and over stimulating that you can easily lose your sense of direction. Doing countless unnecessary activities will dissipate your energy, but when you spend time with God, He restores your sense of direction. As we look to God for guidance, he will enable us to do less and accomplish more!
1. Focus your mind on God
In Psalm 16:8, it says “I have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken” In the Message version it simply says… “Day and night I’ll stick with God, I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.” I LOVE it. It shows the goodness of God and focusing my mind on God is the best thing I can do it, instead of focusing on the worry of whats not working. Works EVERY TIME!
2. Praise & Worship
Singing about the goodness of God gets me in God’s presence EVERY TIME. This is pretty much my Go to, whenever I’m discourage there’s a song called “Even if” and its by Mercyme, they sing about being in so much hurt and pain and in the midst of that, God can save us with His mighty hand but even if He don’t, my hope is still in God. He is mighty to do anything. I encourage you to listen to the song, it’s encouraging.
3. Know you will have to fight
Sigh… I have to honestly say I forget this. I forget the enemy wants to take me down and make things hard for me. Whenever you’re doing things for God, the enemy is not happy, with the change you are about to do. Giving God the glory and helping people change their lives. In 1 peter 5:8, it says… “Be alert, be on the watch! your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” The scripture says Be alert! As I stated earlier I forget this. I get so caught up that I forget I’m even in a war.
4. Trials & tribulations strengthen you
Sometimes, when you step into a new season, you have opportunities to know God at a deeper level, you will learn new things about your self and discover God’s blessings along the way. Trials and Tribulations in life is there to strengthen your muscles to get you stronger. In James it says, “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” This is James 1:2-4 the message version.
5. Surround yourself with encouraging friends
It’s important to surround yourself around like-minded friends that can encourage you along the way and help you mature. I have a friend, that I’m running our MOPS group with and she is constantly encouraging me and see’s things in me that I may have over looked. In Hebrews 10:24(amp), it says… “and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds…” We encourage one another along this unfamiliar Journey and resting in the fact that God has us. He is faithful and is always there.
If you don’t know anyone, Consider joining your local MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) group. there are groups all over the world. All you have to do is put in your zip code and find one near you and connect.