Discouragement comes in many forms. It comes when the house feels like it’s a continual wreck. It’s there as the baby cries all night for the third night in a row. It sinks in as the numbers in the bank fluctuate unpredictably. It seeps in when the children won’t stop fighting. The list goes on…
The dictionary defines discouragement as “a loss of confidence or enthusiasm.” This loss of confidence doesn’t happen overnight. For most of us, it happens after a lot of trying. Trying to keep the house clean. Trying to get the baby to sleep. Trying to live frugally. Trying to instill in our children Godly virtues. There is a lot of “trying” in the life of a mom. It ends up feeling like a lot of trying to do the right things with very little reward.
As Christians, we are reminded that God has all of this under control.
“In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10.
Do you trust that He is looking out for your good in all of this?
Isn’t that what the Christian life is about? One day we hope to achieve full unity with God in heaven, but we must also strive for that while on earth.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” Matthew 6:10.
Unity with God’s will is continuing on courageously, being obedient to the task before us in these moments of life, and trusting that God will take care of the things that bring about discouragement and anxiety.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
In “Crying over the Eggs,” I shared my own feelings of discouragement and temptation to throw my hands in the air and ask, “what is the point of trying so hard to listen to God and feeling like I’m getting nowhere?” In that, I was reminded that the point for this life isn’t just the destination. The point is in the journey. It is in choosing to say yes to God in those small moments of doubt and discouragement over, and over, and over again. St. John of Avila once wrote, “One ‘Blessed be God’ in times of adversity is greater than one thousand acts of gratitude in times of prosperity.” Will you choose to glorify God and trust in His goodness even when you feel like everything is going wrong?
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