Yesterday I set out to listen to God’s voice, rather than fill my head with all the other voices. I tried to stay off social media (for the most part) and took the few moments I had alone to ask the Lord some questions and wait for His answers.
Well, I didn’t do such a great job of avoiding social media, but on my drive home from the gym, I asked God what He wanted to talk to me about and the word “discouragement” came up. As I began to pray and ask more about this word, I realized it’s not just me that’s been struggling with feelings of discouragement this week, but many of you have been too.
It’s true, isn’t it? You feel frustrated, tired, and you want to give up, right? I only know cuz I’m right there with ya. This week has just been plain hard. With Cohen refusing to nap, the day is WAY too long and from 7am – 7pm I rarely get a moment to myself. I never realized how much I treasured nap time until it disappeared. (If you have ANY advice on how to get the nap back, please let me know!)
And then yesterday I went and did something really stupid, and looked at my google analytics. Lawd, help me. Why do I do these things to myself? I just can’t help it, I guess. Well anyways, even though I’ve been writing every day this month, my pageviews haven’t sky rocketed. I don’t know what I was expecting, but immediately I felt disheartened. Why bother putting all this effort in to writing a blog if no one reads it? I know, I’m dramatic. But that’s how I felt.
The word “discouraged” only occurs about 15 times in the bible. 10 out of the 15 times is it preceded by the phrase, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” What stood out to me from this is that fear and discouragement go hand in hand. Our discouragement is often rooted in fear. So to get rid of our discouragement, we need to idetify and get rid of the fear.
Here’s how to fight the discouragment.
Think about the things that have been discouraging you lately. Write them down.
Then for each one on your list, write down the fear that is associated with the discouragment.
And lastly, pray over that list. Bring it to God because He is the one who can send those fears packing. God is love, and love casts out fear, so when you identify and pray over those fears, the discouragement will lift.
For me, the fear of not being valuable or significant is the root of my discouragement from looking at blog stats. When I bring this fear to God He reminds me of the truth that I’m His daughter, His heir, His friend and co-labourer and my value and significance are found in Him.
What about you? What things have been discouraging you lately and what fears might be connected to that discouragement. Bring it to God and allow Him to lift that cloud and shed some light.
I’m writing about Hearing God’s Voice every day in October. You can find a list of all 31 posts as they are published by clicking here.