Do you ever get discouraged? That state of mind that makes you feel like you are walking alone at times?
My dad used to tell me how, when very young, I would always ask, “Why daddy, why?”
I was very, very inquisitive. I always wanted to know the bottom line of “Why?” to everything! I believe we feel this way especially when discouragement comes along. We want to know why. We have lots of questions. I do anyway.
Before my dad got sick, we had the opportunity to get very close. I would pick him up outside of his house on Wednesday nights after I got out of work and we’d head out for French Onion soup and, of course, coffee. We called them “date nights.” Some nights it was ice cream cones and a ride through our favorite place, Bayonne Park. During the change of seasons, Dad would say, “There goes God putting on his show!” So simple and so very special. We would just ride around Bayonne, talking and laughing. He would tell me stories and show me all the changes that had taken place around town since I was young.
During some of our conversations, I would respond with “Why?” then he would laugh and say “Why, daddy, why?” We would just laugh! How beautiful, right? I’m so incredibly thankful to God for allowing us to have that time together.
Sometimes laughter hides many things, even discouragement. Maybe that’s why some people are bent toward comedies when looking for movies to watch. It gets their minds off the hard issues going on in their lives. For me, I just like to walk around HomeGoods! No, not to purchase a bunch of items, but to just float around. I don’t look for anything in particular. I’m happy and content to come home with a just a candle. Ask my good ole friend, Maria, she knows!
So, I woke up discouraged this morning. There are many things I have in my heart that are still pending. In other words, that I’m still “waiting” for. I know that God’s ways and timing are perfect. I know from my experiences with the Lord, that in His time, all things will bloom and turn for my good. For my family’s good. It’s during this stretching that my faith is growing. It’s not easy, but I must keep moving forward and upward! And so must you because He’s with and for you also. He’s cheering for all of us and is smiling down as he sees us putting out our best efforts. He loves us and best of all, He just wants to BE with us. Just like me and my dad wanted to be together to laugh, eat ice cream, and enjoy each other’s presence. It’s so amazingly simple.
Discouragement is so easy to fall into, but the way to respond, I’m learning, is to immediately begin to push it away. Don’t wait even a moment. Submit it to God and resist it. Run to God in prayer. He always comes through and strengthens us.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.“Phil 4:6-7
The words in these posts are my testimonies of His goodness, but it’s HIS WORDS that will pour life, peace, and joy into your soul.
If you will let Him.