Posts Tagged discouragement

Don’t Lose Heart

Don't Lose Heart

  I’ve heard it said that the ABC’s of spiritual growth are Adversity Builds Character. And I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t like adversity. But if we’re going to grow spiritually, adversity is part of the growth process. When I’ve found myself in the midst of adversity, I don’t enjoy it. But when I’m on the other side and look back over that season, I can see how God has used that time

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Running the Race

Running the Race

Several years ago, I ran a 10K race. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I almost quit after five miles, but thanks to a friend running beside me, I finished the race. Jenny wouldn’t let me quit, and she spurred me on step by step that last mile. Painful? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. The Christian life is a race, and there are times we want to quit running and sit on

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The Discouraging Side of Ministry

The Discouraging Side of Ministry

I love my job as the Women’s Ministry Director at my church. Just last week, I told the Lord as I crawled into bed how thankful I am for this job and how much I love going to work every day. But to be honest, working in full-time ministry is not always a bed of roses. There are days I want to quit; days that are so disappointing and discouraging that I have shut the

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I Want to Quit!

Most of us have probably said those words more than once in our lives. It may be that we wanted to quit our marriage, a job, a ministry we’ve been leading or serving in, or a relationship that’s difficult. How do we know when to quit and when to hang in there and persevere? I’ve said those words numerous times. When I worked as a perfusionist running the heart lung machine in open heart surgery, I

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Dealing With Discouragement

Discouragement can drag us down and hinder us in our walk with God, or it can draw us into a deeper dependence on Him. In the last post, we looked at sources of discouragement. But once we identify the source, how do we deal with it? Moses gave us a great example of how to deal with discouragement in Exodus 5-6. He was dealing with difficult people, difficult circumstances, and difficult words. It would have

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Feeling Discouraged?

When was the last time you were discouraged? You may even be discouraged today as you’re reading this. Discouragement is part of life and we all deal with it from time to time. But if we don’t handle it in an appropriate way, it will hold us back in our walk with God. So how should we handle discouragement? Begin by identifying the source.   Maybe the source of your discouragement is a difficult person

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A Wrong Focus

“My eyes are continually toward the Lord.”- Psalm 25:15 I want to introduce you to four women who have lost their focus and taken their eyes off the Lord. I was first “introduced” to these ladies by Mary Graham when I was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. 1. Polly Pious Polly has a lot of strengths and is incredibly gifted, but Polly has taken her focus off the Lord and placed her eyes on

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Overcoming Failure

“I feel like a failure.” Have you thought or said those words recently? I have. Perhaps you feel like a failure in the area of parenting or marriage or your job or ministry or some endeavor you took on. When I start to have those thoughts of being a failure, I get discouraged and want to quit. Sometimes, it’s true that we have failed. Other times, it’s just lies from Satan, who would love to

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Are You Ready for a New Year?

For me, this has been a year of ups and downs, but God has drawn me closer to Him through each situation He has brought into my life. As we come to the end of another calendar year, I encourage you to reflect over the past twelve months. What has God taught you this year? How has He changed your life? Are you growing in your relationship with the Lord, or are you becoming stagnant and settling

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