(TT) WHEN DISCOURAGMENT COMES… Where do I find Hope?

Its Another beautiful day today.  I feel the warmth of the sun on my body, yet my heart and mind are struggling to come to terms with the beauty of the place I am currently experiencing, and all the thoughts and fears of my future , (and all the shame and regret of my past.  Why would Jesus love me so much?  Why hasn’t he just given up on me?  I just keep failing anyways …  if you would like to know more of what Gods word says about shame & regret read more…

I read back my journal entries from the last few days trying to refocus my mind to the fresh feelings He has been giving me, yet I feel tossed around like the waves… in the wind I’m hearing the whispers of the enemy.  “Do you really think anything will be different this time?”  “ You know that you will just go back to the old ways when you get back home”?  

Its funny how something so insideous and quiet can become so loud within our own minds.  Obviously something was happening in me, that it warranted the attention of the enemy.  He has only one plan for me, that is to keep me feeling defeated, so of course he would come back with the same old lies… after all, they always worked in the past.  ( If you would like to learn more about the Lies of the Enemy, read more)

But this time was different, as I said,I was now not only reading the Word, but I was feeling its life growing inside me.  As I look back , I can now understand why the Word of God is the only offensive weapon we have against the enemy and his attacks.  So I prayed and asked God to show me how to defeat the attacks that were coming against me and asked him to show me where I should look for my help and guidance from His Word.

 As quickly as I asked, King David came to mind.  As I previously mentioned I had never really been a fan of Bible reading in my past, and my least favourite if I’m totally honest was the Psalms… I just didn’t get them.  Don’t get me wrong, I love music and love poetry, but these just really didn’t seem like either to me.  I always felt they were pretty desperate feeling… and that was something I really wasn’t going for.  

But this time, I knew God was directing me there for something.  So I opened the book of Psalms and “prayerfully” started to read.  I looked over the titles of the different Psalms,(hoping for some inspiration) and there is was… Psalm 25 “A prayer for Guidance and Help”.  

I sensed in my soul that this was where the Lord was directing to me so I started to read it, I read it through once, twice and a third time ( this time focusing on the actual verses and pleas that David had for the Lord) and I recognized this was exactly where I was;  I was stuck in exactly these same fears, & discouragements… I think that David was also feeling the harsh words of the enemy trying to ambush his soul as he penned these words.   I related so much to these words … could I make this Psalm my prayer to God?  just as David had done… YES I could!!

Journal Entry #4

Psalm 25 CEV  

If you don’t know Davids prayer from Psalm 25, I encourage you to open your Bible and read it yourself first or simply click on the link above and it will take you to the Bible app or Bible.com

My Personalized Psalm 25 Prayer…

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for your servant David.  Thank you that you molded him and shaped him in such a way that thousands of years later he is still an influencer in your world.  Forgive me Lord for my many objections in the past to the book of Psalms, and thank you for opening my eyes and allowing Davids words, petitions and prayers to become a balm for my own heart…

Lord Jesus, I offer you my heart and I trust you.  Keep me from being ashamed and don’t let my circumstances in this life defeat me.  Father God, please keep your children safe, but expose those who oppose you and deceive people , keeping them from you.  Forgive me Jesus for the lies I have boughten into.  Show me your paths for me Jesus and help me to stay on them.

 Guide me by your truth Lord and teach me to understand.  Guide me through this deep valley I am in and I will always trust you.  Please Lord, remember your patience and kindness with me, forgive me for the sinful things I did when I was young as well as the sinful traps I continue to fall into.  

Help me to see those traps for what they are and for who it is that keeps setting them in front of me.  Thank you that you are always honest and merciful, and continue to teach me and grow me so that I will be able to stay on your path for my life… teach me that type of humility Lord.

In everything you do, you are kind and faithful to your children who Love you and keep true to your ways.  I ask you to be True to your name, Lord.  Forgive each of my terrible sins, show me the right path so I might always worship you.  

Provide for my needs Lord, and watch over my children so that they might also know you one day and receive your blessings.  Oh Lord, thank you for your Love to all your children who worship you.  Thank you for saving us from our sins.

 Help me Lord, to always look to you… trusting you to save me from every trap the enemy sets.  You know Jesus, my soul is troubled, remind me that you care about me and my circumstances… have pity on me Father.  Keep my stress and worries about our future from growing out of control.  

Rescue me from those pits of fear and despair that try to take hold of me.  See my troubles and difficulties and forgive my sins.  Lord Jesus, look at all our troubles, see how they would like to overtake us… I come to you Jesus for shelter;  keep us safe and guide us through these difficult times ahead.

I trust you with all of my heart, help me to obey all your ways for me, I trust your plans Jesus even though I cannot see them.  Help me and increase my faith so I might stay true to your plan for me.          In Jesus name❤️ Amen

 

My final thoughts and Encouragement…

As we move through our days in this new Covid 19 time of life, many of us are hearing the Lies of the enemy and it becomes so easy to fall into that pit of fear and despair; fears of the virus, financial concerns, loss of work, physical or emotional illness …( the list is endless).

Please know that you are not alone; If you’re feeling discouraged today and are struggling to find Hope, I encourage you to write your own personal prayer of Psalm 25 as a petition of your heart reaching out to the very heart of God…something amazing happens when we begin to pray Gods Word Back to him.  He knows you personally and knows your struggles, what we often see as difficulties…He sees as growth.  He wants you to lean into Him … to Trust Him..use your life to glorify Him.

 

         Do you know Jesus ? He’s waiting for you… ( click the link to learn more) 

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          Blessings, Janet❤️ Journey4Jesus

 

{ If this benefited you in any way, I’d love to hear from you and I would be thrilled if you would share or invite more people to be encouraged. }

 

 

3 Comments on “(TT) WHEN DISCOURAGMENT COMES… Where do I find Hope?

    • I’m glad it spoke to you Connie. Praying God will use these to draw people into a deeper relationship with him ♥️🙏🏼

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  1. The Psalms to me are 🎶 from the heart of David to the Heart of God to our hearts And the armour of the New Testament

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