Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
It happens to all of us, for some, more often than others. What differentiates people is how they deal with this feeling. It comes when we least expect it, thus least prepared to deal with it. But that is not an excuse to not equip yourself with how you can deal with it.
So below are some suggestions about how you can deal with this inevitable low tide in your life.
- Expect it. When you know that there will come a time when you will want to give up, you won’t sit back and wait for this inevitable moment to reach you unawares, you’ll prepare yourself. So, expect a low moment in your life, expect something to discourage you and make you want to give up, and prepare to not give in.
- Plan for it. You have insurance in case something happens to you or your family and business, yet it may never happen. So what plan have you made for when you feel discouraged and want to give up? I suggest writing down your blessings and read them when you feel like all is lost, or put aside feel good movies, songs and literature that will uplift your spirits. Remember, you wouldn’t want to do something you would regret in this moment of weakness, so prepare how to best get out of it, and fast.
- Thanksgiving. Yes, even in the midst of your storm, you can still find something to thank God for. It will be hard, but you can do it. Remember the list you prepared of your blessings during your good season? let that be your guide. Let this remind you that whatever you are going through is just for a season, keep up your faith, Phil 4:6,7
- Pray. If ever there was a moment to pray, this will be it. Only Jesus can understand what you are going through and give you the comfort you need, through people around you and especially through the Bible. Pray and cry out to God, He has asked us to cast our burdens unto Him. He means it.
- Remember, this is only for a season. Someone once told me “No experience is wasted.” This is true. Everything you go through is meant to strengthen you, if you let it. Find the lesson you need to learn from it, and be ready to help someone else going through the same thing later. Then you will realize that whatever you thought would break you, is actually strengthening someone’s faith. It is always darkest before your breakthrough
Isaiah 12:2 . Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation. ”
How do you deal with discouragement and wanting to give up? Please share