Discouragement: 7 Ways to Respond

Discouragement: 7 Ways to Respond 

by Faith Rogers

photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

During this difficult season, many people have been launching their brands, starting a business, investing, studying for exams, writing books, or just growing in God. All of those ventures are wonderful. However, fighting to get back up when you feel discouraged is difficult. Many people look at the results of their efforts and begin to rethink their choices. Some begin the task and then fear convinces them they will fail. If that is you, trust me, you are not alone.

Keep Moving Forward

There are times when the past looks more appealing than the effort of moving forward. New ventures are not for the faint of heart. There are times when hopelessness creeps in. However, remembering that what we are called to do is bigger than us and that we are not just working–our work will be a blessing to others. There is an audience waiting for you.

“But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today” Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV.

Discouraged but Don’t Quit

There are many successful individuals who have struggled to achieve their goal. The emotions of being discouraged or the thoughts of quitting crossed their mind, too. However, when God births an idea within, he will provide the means that will lead to prosperity. When you are following him, trust his plan because he will never leave nor forsake you. It’s not always easy but that’s why communicating with him is important. If you are battling with whether to give up, talk to God first and follow his leading.

Below are some ideas that may help you if you feel discouraged:

  • Meditate on God’s promises
  • Don’t forget why you decided to make that particular
  • Put on worship music, and rest in God’s presence
  • Share what you’re feeling or experiencing with those you trust
  • Wait for God to guide your footsteps 
  • Ask God to lead you to Godly mentors
  • Know that it’s ok to feel what you feel

Reasons to keep going

When we do all these things, God gives peace that surpasses all understanding. I pray that He will give clarity and guidance to you about what to do next. You may not see the results you want but keep going in order to glorify God. I also pray that He gives you strategies and resources. Trust the process and know that the results will grow. 

Another important point is that we have to put in the work to become knowledgeable about our God-given assignments. When we commit our plans to the Lord they will succeed (Proverbs 16:3). He never said when, but He said they would bear fruit. He is with you and has already gone before you. God is no mere human! He doesn’t tell lies or change His mind. God always keeps his promises (Numbers 23:19 CEV).

About Faith Rogers

Faith Rogers is an assistant teacher who loves working with kids. She is a lifestyle blogger and aspiring author. Rogers is the youngest of three children in a family of five. She loves spending time with her family and sharing God’s Word to enrich the lives of others. Visit her website for more.

The Lost Pen Magazine Preps for Issue 3: You Can Help

Hey everyone! I hope you are all safe and healthy as we wait out this unprecedented quarantine. Things are tough and uncertain, but it’s in these moments that we must remain strong in the Lord and trust in His provision and care.

In the meantime, I am moving forward. The end of March is approaching, which means I am slowly starting to prepare myself for getting Issue 3 off the ground; I have submissions to read, decisions to make, and a layout to design. But, even though times are hard and sometimes discouraging, I wanted to let everyone know that the Lost Pen Magazine is still here and will continue to lift up the Lord and shine His light on His people. With that in mind, the following shares where I’m at and how you can help:

1) If you know anyone who has art or fiction they’d like to submit somewhere, please suggest LPM because we have space. Please send submissions here.

2) If you would like to help out somehow with the third issue, please let me know. Moving forward, it’d be nice to have a team of people around me that I can rely on. The task is quite big and it has the potential to grow.

3) I’d love feedback (good and bad) on the LAST 2 ISSUES, as well as info on what you’d like to see in upcoming issues. I intend to keep tweaking each issue until I find the right formula, but I need information and feedback to do that.

To contact me about points 2 or 3, or to ask questions, please contact me here.

So, things are moving forward. I ask for your continued prayers as I get this big machine off the ground for a third time. And, thank you, everyone, for your ongoing support and encouragement.

Blessings!

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