#slowitdownSunday / for when you get discouraged

the daily Starr slow it down Sunday

It’s easy to get discouraged in life.

As we sat down to end the day as a family, we read this verse from the book of Galatians – a reminder of what to do when we feel discouraged:

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Galatians 6:9

And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up. (TLB translation)

I get it.

Discouragement is hard. We want to throw the towel in and give up on friendships that are draining, things that take more work than we ever thought they would and circumstances that just don’t go our way.

I’ve been there.

I’m in a season of parenting 3 young children, running our own family business, leading worship and choir, being a writer and somehow finding time to dream up plans for a new adventure of starting my own property/shop/cafe/cottages/I-don’t-even-know-what-else.

Most days I’m drained and overwhelmed. Rest doesn’t come often. I don’t keep up with things I should, overlook details and show up late to events and meetings on my overcrowded schedule. This is the reality of my current season of life.

Discouragement sneaks up on the door of my heart often and hits me hard. As a matter of fact, it did just that this weekend. I didn’t measure up to my own expectations and wanted to throw the towel in.

What do you do in those moments?

I don’t have the answers, but I do know this.

Galatians 6:9

And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up. (TLB translation)

We’re instructed to not get tired of doing the right things.

Being nice when angry and mad would be much easier.
Turning the cheek when someone hurts us.
Speaking truth, even if we are the only ones in the crowd brave enough to take a stand.

If you keep reading, I love the next verse just as much.

That’s why whenever we can we should always be kind to everyone, and especially to our Christian brothers. – Galatians 6:10 (TLB)

This is what we’re called to do.

If you’re like me and in a season of discouragement, know you’re not alone. I’m right there beside you. Take it one day at a time and leave your worries, frustrations and fears at the foot of the cross. Jesus is the only one that can make beauty from ashes.

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6 comments

  1. Thank you so much for those words of encouragement. God has a plan for each one of us and I believe you are doing his will. Reaching out and speaking truth. Amen. Words and verses I will live by this week love those verses. It reminds me that we are human we do get discouraged but he loves us enough to give us verses to remind us that it’s ok keep going don’t give up I pray for you as a young mother you are fantastic and you both are doing Gods. Will Amen I pray you just keep going Keep living and doing his will because you do make a difference in our life’s. Really. Thank you. God Bless you always. Love y’all

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  2. Thank you for that word setting here before reading this ready to give up. Feeling very discouraged but trying to stay positive can be very hard.

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    • You’re very welcome, friend! It can be hard. I asked Brian just last night to help me stay positive when I’m having a hard time. I know exactly what you mean!

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