How to Keep Going When Discouragement Strikes

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When Discouragement Strikes

You had a feeling it was coming, but tried to hope for the best. In spite of your hopes and prayers though, discouragement didn’t just come knocking. No, she barreled down the front door and made herself right at home in your living room. Oh, I don’t know if it was because

  • your father was diagnosed with cancer
  • or your best friend had an affair
  • maybe it was your teenager choosing the wrong friends
  • or your baby niece was born with developmental difficulties

You tried to figure out what to do. You reasoned, borrowed logic from your best friends, and requested all manner of advice. But discouragement was taking a nap on your couch and as it turns out, she is quite the couch potato.

I’ve been there. Those moments of desperation when I tried my best to keep my head above water, but found myself sinking fast.

It’s been a journey, and even at that, I still fail at times to do what I know is best in despair– run.

Run to God’s Word as quickly as I can get myself there.

The problem is that sometimes I can’t get my legs to move. I become so overwhelmed at all that is going on in the situation that I lose the ability to control my movements and I feel paralyzed. I feel like giving up.

How to Keep Going

Discovering the strength to take one more step is where we can begin to overcome the overwhelming! We often have a general idea of what we need to do- like run to God’s Word. But what we need is  someone come alongside us and say, “I know you’re hurting. Can I help? Here’s a key verse for when you feel overwhelmed…Would these steps of prayer help you gain strength?” Someone just to guide us little by little.

For whatever reason you are tempted to quit, today you’ve discovered a resource to help you replace the feelings of despair with the truth of Scripture. You can be an overcomer when all you feel is overwhelmed.

One More Step will help you find the courage to keep going, one step at a time.

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  1. My book came in!!!

    1. hooray!! I’m sorry it took a few days. I think we sold more than anticipated originally. 😉

  2. It’s what we need ~ The joining together and encouraging and cheerleading for each other and fighting against discouragement and doubt and not letting Satan be the victor. Taking the next step and the next step!

    I’d love to read this book!

  3. I have been anxiously waiting for the release date! I’m excited to read the whole book (I enjoyed Chapter 1online!) and have a few friends I want to share it with as well. Thank you!

  4. How to keep going when discouragement strikes?

  5. Jane Rogers says:

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time. Had a bit of discouragement, disappointment, and hurt this past weekend. Thanks, can’t wait to get your book. God bless.

  6. I want to understand how to keep going when it feels like the world is crumbling under my feet.

  7. Marsha Reynolds says:

    I want to stay encouraged and this sparked my attention on how I feel sometimes.

  8. Discouragement aka the couch potato has permentantly been the third wheel in the house. You have no idea how lucky I feel to have found you and how you are restoring my faith that had been hidden under the couch potato. It is so comforting to know real people have real struggles but have such a gift from God to share. I love your Journaling as well. I have many prayer requests but my main one is for God to bless me with a job as after being in the work force for 25 years I have found myself in that cruel side of the world. Thank you for being you ànd for being real. ♡♡ Congrats on your special day!

  9. How to keep going when discouragement strikes?

  10. I know you’re hurting can I help?

  11. The entire section on needing someone there for encouragement sparked my attention because that’s how I feel at times.

  12. Tonya Gatlin says:

    Ohhhh, Rachel! This book sounds sooo very encouraging…just what I need!

  13. Looking forward to my copy of One More Step coming in today. Your website is such an encouragement, so I can hardly wait to read the book. I suffer with many chronic illnesses, so discouragement is a constant battle, one I need all the help with that I can get. Thanks for being willing to share your struggles, giving us the information needed to win ours.

  14. rebecca gearardo says:

    I have been struggling for the last 9 months. I have stopped going to Church, reading my bible, helping with my charity organization, eating right and working out. I cannot put into words what I am feeling. Seeing this book has given me hope and I cannot wait to read it. Pre-ordered mine last week.

    1. I’m so thrilled for you, Rebecca. It will be great.

  15. Beth Clark says:

    I have been discourage alot lately. My best friend just went through a divorce and it was final yesterday. We all need to rely on the Lord every hour of the day.

    1. Oh Beth. First line of the acknowledgement section of One More Step: Jesus, how I need you every hour.

  16. Charm ann mayo says:

    I want to have fewer days when I feel like I’m losing “control”.

  17. Yesterday, I had one if those days where I was discouraged and needed time to myself but couldn’t because I have two little ones. It was a difficult day, but I survived, taking one step at a time. I am interested in reading your book…I want to jump out of those times where I feel discouraged and live abundantly.

  18. Jennifer Buckner says:

    It’s so important to always have hope. The difficult part is understanding the disappointment. The statement about having a feeling disappointment was coming, but hoping for the best really spoke to me. I would like wisdom on how to maintain that hope for myself as well as to be an encouragement to others!!

    1. Oh Jennifer- I’ve placed my hope in so many places that it shouldn’t have been that I wrote an entire chapter about it. I so get what you are saying!

  19. Holley Young says:

    Rachel, your blog spoke straight to my heart. I had a hard time reading through my tears. I know that many people have many more difficulties than I do but right now, I’m hanging on to the end of a very flimsy rope.
    Thank you for your words as I plan to read your blog every day. Please send an extra prayer for me…I know I’m not worthy but I guess we all aren’t worthy, in some way. That’s where God’s grace comes in…thank you again!

  20. Congratulations, Rachel! I’m so excited for your book release…just ordered the paper edition on Amazon. Can’t wait to read it and post a review. This book is just what I need to read now…

    1. You are so awesome, Girl. Thanks for the note. Blessings to you!

  21. Throughout my life, I have had to focus on taking JUST “one more step” way more times than I care to think about… and have also had to encourage many others to try and take that one single step as well! This book looks like it will be another way to help encourage others to keep moving forward in God’s strength and I pray it blesses all who read it…as well as the one who wrote it!

  22. Just because you have amazing insight from walking with the Lord through many difficult circumstances. And because you are awesome! Happy for you, my friend!

    1. love you! Thank you for being such a great ministry friend!

  23. I need help to keep going. I have been struggling with my daughter for over 11 months and I need God’s hand to help me keep going and to help mend this relationship. I pray everyday and several times a day for his help and guidance.

  24. Would these steps of prayer help you gain strength?”

  25. I would love to know how to make it through the overwhelming days.

  26. Who doesn’t need this book??? lol. I would love to have a copy!! This sentence….But discouragement was taking a nap on your couch and as it turns out, she is quite the couch potato. Been there….sat there.

  27. The reason I sparked an interest in this book is from following your blog and wondering how do you keep on taking the next step when it feels you keep knocked back down everytime you try to move forward.

  28. Becky Nelson says:

    None of us are immune to the trials of life and they generally are the only thing that makes us seek the Lord more intensely…but we do need a come-along-sider to encourage us, so thank you, Rachel, for this labor of love and congratulations on “Book-Release Day!”

  29. Stephanie says:

    Can’t wait to read the book, should be there when I get home.

  30. Kelly Espinoza says:

    All of the situations resonated with me because they are all too real. But when a baby is born with any kind of difficulty it is truly sad. I think this book will help the reader with their own situation but the reader will be able to encourage the one going through the difficult time. 🙂

  31. Thanks for the reminder that even though life seems out of contol it is always in God’s control!!

  32. Which question at the beginning of this post sparked your attraction to enter to win One More Step?
    This following sentence hit me:
    You had a feeling it was coming, but tried to hope for the best.
    For some reason it feels like I know that feeling so well, but can’t pinpoint where it is in my life.

  33. The list of reasons to feel down about, very similar to my own!

  34. Discouragement seems sometimes to be my middle name. Learning how to trust God even when I can see the end of the tunnel.

  35. I want to know: How to keep going?

  36. How do you keep going when discouragement strikes?

  37. To have someone come along side and say, “I know you are hurting can I help?

  38. Sometimes one foot in front of the other is all we can do! Good thoughts Rachel!

  39. How do you keep going when discouragement strikes?

  40. Elizabeth Conrad says:

    I want to know how to keep going when things are wrong!

  41. Elizabeth Conrad says:

    I think this book looks extraordinary!

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