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Having friends who send a note of encouragement or text or call to let you know they are thinking of you is wonderful. I strongly believe in the power of Christian friendship. But I often receive emails, messages, or comments from Christians who are lonely and really have no friends. Or at least no close friends.
Sometimes a person has to be the one to dig deep and find their own encouragement. It’s not easy but personally, I’ve found myself there at times over the years. Today I thought I would share ways to encourage yourself as a Christian. Some of the recommendations are straightforward and common, while others are a little more creative. Regardless, my hope is that you will get an idea or two on how you can encourage yourself as a Christian when you feel discouragement kicking in.
1. Read the Bible.
There is nothing like reading God’s Word to lift your spirits. If you are looking for a daily Bible reading plan, you can find suggestions here. If you need assistance for topical lists of verses, check out the List of Bible Verses by Topic .
I know, it seems straightforward, doesn’t it? But admitting to God your struggle and asking Him to lift your spirit will yield incredible results. You never know how He will answer! I love God-surprises.
3. Attend church.
Sunday after my run, I tweeted:
9 miles.Mostly processing this morning’s church service. Some things can’t be explained- this is why we just have to be there!
— Rachel Wojnarowski (@RachelWojo) March 30, 2014
4. Join a Bible study.
Find a local church Bible study or a community Bible study or an online Bible study. The method doesn’t matter; the Word and finding fellowship with others will encourage your heart.
5. Make a list of blessings for which you are thankful.
If you’ve never done this, perhaps the JOY Journal method can assist you.
6. Surround yourself with Scripture.
Post-it notes are great! Click here to find a fabulous list of 7 Creative Ways to Saturate Your Life with Scripture for a few more ideas.
7. Play praise music.
There is nothing that will lift your spirit like praise music! This list of praise songs is one I love to use to begin the day.
I first began running races because I was inspired by my husband. He was reaping so many rewards from the sport that I didn’t want to sit by on the sidelines- I wanted to be a part. Maybe running is not your thing. Take a brisk walk, shoot some hoops, or join a gym.
9. Read notes of encouragement from the past.
My mom is in Heaven, but I often go back and read the letters she sent to me while I was in college. My heart is always encouraged when I do.
10. Do something to encourage someone else.
Every time I’ve reached out with extra effort to encourage someone else then I’ve been the one who has reaped encouragement.
11. Have a great sense of humor; find something to laugh about.
I’m guessing you may have a little routine you travel when you find yourself slipping into discouragement. If it’s a tub of ice cream and chocolate stash, then that one- we’ve all been through. 😉 But would you share it with us in the comments?
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Have a great day!