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Discouragement causes weariness to creep into our lives.  It causes us to say and do things we would never consider saying or doing otherwise.  Discouragement breaks down our perspective.  Sometimes it comes even when we have just completed something great for God.  It will tell us that we are useless, hopeless and abandoned.

The story of Elijah has always captured my attention.  (I Kings 19) Here is this great prophet of God, after he has won a mighty victory over the prophets of Baal, hiding under a tree.  What ever for?  God has just used him to prove that he is the true and mighty God and Elijah is off hiding somewhere and begging God to just go ahead and take his life. This was all less than a day after the fire fell from heaven.  Hmmm…before we are too quick to judge Elijah, let’s look at our own life.  How many times have we come from a “mountain top” experience, only to plummet to depths of discouragement.  Discouragement will make you hide.  Are you trying to hide today because of discouragement?  In the 5th verse of I Kings 19, an angel of the Lord appeared to Elijah as he slept and woke him up and said, “Arise and eat”.  When Elijah awoke there was a cake, baked on the grill and a bottle of water for him to drink.  Elijah ate and drank and then went back to sleep.  The poor man was exhausted.  Yes, he had just been through the ringer, so to speak, but he had also allowed discouragement to make him weary.  The angel of the Lord came the second time, woke him up, had a meal prepared and said, “Eat, for the journey is too great for you”.  To make a long story short…The Lord allowed Elijah a few days to rest and in the process took care of him with food and water and an angel guard as he slept.  However, when the time was right, just a few verses down in the same chapter, Elijah is bemoaning the “fact” that he and only he was left as the servant of God.  The Lord allowed him to say this a couple of times and then He said, “Elijah!  Look around you.  There are 7,000 who have not bowed to Baal or kissed him.”  In other words,  It is time for you to get over your pity party and come join the rest of us. 🙂

Remember this, even in times of discouragement….God will not leave you or forsake you.  He will give you time to rest.  He will supply your needs (a cake baked on the coals and water).  He will send His protecting angel to stand by you as you gather yourself together.  And, then….He will let you know, in His good way that He is still good.  The church is moving on.  There are thousands that still believe and trust in the one true God.  It is time to shake the discouragement off and continue to go about the Lord’s work.

If it’s time for you today to come out from under the broom tree, then get up! Shake yourself and Have a GREAT day, knowing He is still in control.  “Jezebel” can’t harm you.  People that have tried to “take you down”  won’t be able to.  God is your fortress.  He is your right, left, front and back guard.  NO ONE can separate you from the love of Jesus.

Keep on keepin’ on!  Let discouragement go today.  As you do this, you will find peace and healing for your hurting heart.  Will everything be perfect?  Of course not.  We haven’t made it to heaven yet.  However, life will be much better, knowing that God is in control.  Your enemies are under His feet.

Be Blessed!

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“Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change” Ramsay Clark

It can be tempting to use a turbulent period in life, such as a divorce, loss of a job or death of a loved one, as an excuse to avoid making positive changes. But instead of thinking of this difficult episode as a cause to withdraw and retrench, why not think of this as a time to stretch your limits?

This is exactly what “Elizabeth” did. Married at 16 and divorced at 31, she moved to a new town and was unsure of herself alone and in a new setting. Instead of retreating into herself and staying home, she took up rock climbling. There were times when she felt the sport was too risky and difficult, but by persevering she gainded confidence in herself. This self-confidence in her physical capabilities carried over to her role as a single parent. She realized that if she could climb a mountain, she could do other things that she once thought impossible.

Just as athletic tests of skill and endurance can teach you that it’s indeed possible to move beyond your physical limitations, so can other things that make you get out of your comfort zone. You may not think you could ever speak in front of a group of people, but you want to. Go for it! If you have to, take a class on public speaking. What about singing or meeting new friends (for some people this is difficult)? Put yourself in situations where you have to speak to someone you don’t know. 🙂 The realization that you have conquered can spur you to make other changes. Don’t allow anxiety and discouragement to prevent you from taking advantage of this special period in your life. By embracing turbulence and using it to take responsible, life-enhancing risks, a situation that looks difficult can be transformed into a benefit.

Remember that personal or professional turmoil can be an opportunity to take a bold step in a new direction!

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“Frown and you frown alone. Smile and the whole world smiles with you.”

That may be a little stretch but we all know that smiles are contagious.

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However, December can sometimes be a lonely and “depressing” month for some people, so here is a list of things you can do to lift your spirits.

  • Be Thankful. Think about what you have. This sounds like the whole “Count your blessings” thing all over again, but it really is important. Remember good times you’ve had with family and friends, and maybe that will make you feel better.
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  • Keep yourself busy. If your energy is focused outward you’ll be less likely to obsess about things you can’t change.
  • Do not isolate yourself in your room.
  • Try to smile, and laugh at jokes that you think are funny. Don’t put on a fake smile all the time, but just smile when you feel like it.
  • Talk to a trustworthy friend about how you’re feeling. It makes you feel a lot better.
  • Write down your thoughts on a piece of paper. Just keep writing, then when you’re done, shred the paper and get rid of it!
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  • Sneak a candy into a friends pocket – let them wonder how it got there.
  • Learn to do something new, like how to make a tree ornament or do HTML code.
  • Have dessert for dinner, and dinner for dessert.
  • Read a book that makes you laugh, then listen to an uplifting song as loud as you like it.
  • Make a tent of blankets, cover the floor in pillows, and curl up with some hot chocolate and a good book, or someone you love.
  • Rearrange your room.
  • Teach someone to do something you do well – fly a kite, swim a mile. They will appreciate it.
  • Give someone a really great gift, no matter what the occasion. Watch their reaction, and you’ll get a high.
  • Don’t forget that you’re special. Remember that no matter what anyone says, you know who you are and you like yourself that way.
  • Don’t listen to people who want to get you down.
  • Smile nicely at a mean person.
  • Study hard, get an A.
  • It doesn’t matter who your trustworthy friend is; it could be your mother, father, or your best friend. Whoever you feel comfortable with.
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WARNING: People may think you are fake and shallow. Ignore them and express yourself.

  • Suicide is NEVER the answer, no matter what the problem is. Think things through, and you’re bound to find a way to make things right.

  • Spend time with God.
  • Pray, meditate
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  • Spend time reading the Bible.
  • Remember that your life is in God’s hands and He takes great care of His people.

“Smile awhile and give your face a rest….”

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  1. Get rid of guilt.  (your sins and mistakes are under the blood.)
  2. Get into the WORD
  3. Establish a place to be alone with God.
  4. Read the stories of great Christians.
  5. Remove yourself from the company of fearful and negative people.
  6. Overcome the pride of not telling your pastor, family and/or friends that you are discouraged and need prayer.
  7. Offer up the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.
  8. Focus on God and His reputaion. He is a winner. He is a success.
  9. Eat a well balanced diet.
  10.  STOP thinking if I, Me and Mine so much.

Some ideas for you to help others.  When we are busy thinking of how we can BE a blessing and not always how we can RECEIVE a blessing, then we will be happy.

  • Give a good dress/suit to a new convert.

  • Sponser a needy young person for youth camp.

  • Give an inspirational book to someone who is discouraged.

  • Take magazines and literature to women’s shelters, jails and doctor’s offices.

  • Hug and compliment a child each day. (start with your own)

  • Attend  prayer meeting.

  • Send flowers to someone on their first day of a new job.

  • Stay with a shut-in, giving the caregiver the day off.

  • Give special support to those suffering from depression.

  • Invite the widows in your church and community/neghborhood to your house for a special meal.

  • Ladies, show someone how you do your hair.

  • Send  cards to the sick and shut-ins, notes to church visitors, cards for all occasions.

  • Hand out candy canes and cards at the hospitals during Christmas.

  • Give Christain Music to new converts.

  • Send a form letter to bereaved families in your city-addresses are in the paper in the                           obituararies section.

  • Clean the house of someone who has been ill.

  • Have a family picnic outing and invite your neighbors.

  • Purchase gift certificates at the grocery store and give to needy families.

  • Get a pen-pal in missions.

  • Volunteer for an after school tutoring program.

  • Teach an English class to immigrants.

  •       Start a box of testimony in which you put memoirs of blessing.  Open from time to time,                                             read and rejoice.

  • Take the time to teach a young lady the art of being a gracious hostess.

  • Do something nice for someone who will never find out.

  • EVERY DAY show your family how much you love them with your words, with your touch, and with your thoughtfulness.

  • Compliment three people every day.

  • ….Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].  Galatians 6:10  Amplified Bible

I know you can’t do every one of these things but look over the list and see what fits you.  And don’t be afraid to stretch yourself.  Remember it is ALWAYS more blessed to give then to receive.

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