This week I was reminded of the powerful song, “Encourage Yourself” by Donald Lawrence. This is the first verse:
Sometimes you have to encourage yourself.
Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test.
And no matter how you feel, speak the word and you will be healed;
speak over yourself,
encourage yourself in the Lord.
BUT how do you encourage yourself when you’re completely hopeless?
1. Be honest with GOD
Over this past 2 years of my life I have gotten really honest with God. I tell him what I like and don’t like. All my frustrations as well as my gratitude. When I am discouraged, he knows about it. When I am super excited, he knows about it. He knows the good, the bad, and the ugly!
2. Be negative but don’t stay there
I used to be a serial optimist… at least on the outside. I never wanted anyone to see my imperfections. I was inauthentic. I have learned to embrace the bad, the ugly, the negative. And I have learned that I can express my negative emotions…. Fear, frustration, anger, disgust because that is a part of my human experience. Everything doesn’t have to be good all the time because its not. I no longer cover up my frustrations by saying “it’s going to get better.” I sit with my frustration for a little bit. I cry, I yell then when I am ready, I say “This sucks! But God I know you will make this better!”
Now I can’t tell you when the appropriate time would be to stop dwelling on a negative emotion or experience but I can tell you in my experience… a full day is a day too long!
3. Trust in GOD
Probably one of the hardest things that I am experiencing now is unemployment. When I tell you, I have bills on top of bills on top of bills. Crazy thing, well the blessed thing is that ALL my important bills are still being paid. It’s by the grace of God that he has allowed so many wonderful people in my life that have helped me out. Special shout-out to my mom!! Love you mom!
4. Find some words and scriptures of encouragement
It’s good to be reminded of encouragement scriptures. The following are just a few scriptures work wonders for me:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isa 41:10
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6
Share your favorite encouragement scriptures below. BE ENCOURAGED!!