Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!



 
Healthy Living PLEASE ENCOURAGE THE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING

  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE   SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
Are You Discouraged?
by Kimberly Chastain
03/24/09
Free to Share


  Mail
 





Are you feeling discouraged? What about overwhelmed? Or just plain tired? Being a Mom, Christian, employee, maybe spouse, church worker, etc. can often leave us feeling beaten down. Discouragement can sometimes lead to depression or anxiety. I have been reading several books lately that have opened my eyes even more too how Satan uses discouragement to keep us from trusting in God.

In one book I read it stated that all discouragement is from the devil. At first, I wanted to argue with that statement and then I gave it some more thought. Look at Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” This command was given to Joshua right before he was to go into battle. We are in a battle as well, Satan wants to defeat us with discouragement and make us forget whose we are and that we are not alone. The verse in Joshua is saying do not be discouraged for the Lord your God is with you. We need to really let that verse sink deep into our hearts. Since, God is with us we need not be discouraged. I would like to encourage you whenever you feel discouraged to turn those feelings over to God and in the same breath state that God I know you are with me and you can take care of these feelings. Also, to begin to thank God for all He has done for you. In one particularly discouraging time for me I could not sleep one night due to all my worry and discouragement. I then began singing to myself every Praise song that I knew and recounted all that God had done for me. Then, I was able to go to sleep. Remembering what God has done in the past let me know that He will be faithful in the future.

Another book I have been reading, Calm My Anxious Heart (recommended by a CWM subscriber and can be found on our resources page at http://www.christianworkingmom.com/resources.htm) challenged me about worrying. One statement that stuck out to me, of many, was “When we worry, we are saying, God can’t.” When we walk in anxiety, we don’t walk in faith. Again, Satan wants us to believe we can do it ourselves and don’t need God. When we follow 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” We are trusting God to take care of us. His ways are always so much better than our ways.

God cares about all of your discouragement, worries, tiredness, pain, and everything about you. He is also waiting for you to give it all to Him and leave it there. Trust that your heavenly Father knows what is best for you and wants you to live a joyful, victorious life. Discouragement and worry are not from God. He wants you to trust Him for your past, present, and future. Give it all to Him.

Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of 2 ebooks, Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms and Help! My Preteen/Teenager is Driving me Nuts. You can find both of those books at www.christianworkingmom.com.  Also, check out her blog and Online Bible Study as well.  You can have coaching tips delivered to your email box daily, find out more at http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

Read more articles by Kimberly Chastain or search for articles on the same topic or others.


Read More - Free Reprints, Main Site Articles, Most Read Articles or highly acclaimed Challenge Articles. Read Great New Release Christian Books for FREE in our Free Reads for Reviews Program. Christian writers can JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and help spread the Gospel.


The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.

Hire a Christian Writer, Christian Writer Wanted, Christian Writer Needed, Christian Content Needed
Find a Christian Editor, Hire a Christian Editor, Christian Editor, Find a Christian Writer
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 705 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date




TRUST JESUS TODAY











Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com