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2021 06 13

Good morning.

Facing and dealing with discouragement can drain us emotionally. It is important for us learn to deal positively with discouragement.

In handling discouragement it is important to:

• Take time for refreshing.

Until we figure out how to find regular refreshment, we'll always be discouraged. No matter what project one is working on, to see it through we need to take time for refreshing.

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:16 Paul why he isn’t discouraged. "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."

We renew ourselves by spending time in God’s Word and in prayer, daily. When we do this, it is like connecting jumper cables to get our spirit recharged.

• Stay focused on eternity.

Look beyond the present and focus on what’s next. The “here and now” can be discouraging. But when you focus on all God has planned for you, you won’t get discouraged.

Paul had been through unimaginable suffering when he wrote: "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

(2 Corinthians 4:17‭-‬18)

Paul kept his troubles in perspective, by focusing on eternity, and it helped him persevere.

We don’t know what may be discouraging you, but this we do know - God wants to bring you peace. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)

Have a peace filled day.


Mike and Daphne

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