8 Ways to Fight Discouragement

 

When life kicks you in the seat of the pants, or skirt, as the case may be, being prepared to fight back is critical.

Each day in my daughter’s daily battle against MPS, our family fights discouragement. The battle is so magnificent that any “small” victory is hugely celebrated.

But the opposite is also true- the nagging daily problems can truly cause discouragement. That discouragement battle is a continual problem and today I wanted to give you 8 ways to fight discouragement. These 8 points keep me focused on combating the struggle against discouragement.

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1. Pray.

Pray. Pray. And pray some more. Keep a prayer journal- you can even dedicate one specific journal to a particular topic or battle.

2. Read God’s Word.

I love having topical lists of verses to help face issues head on with Scripture. Here’s a list of verse by topic that can strongly encourage your heart.

3. Keep a verse in sight.

I have a Bible verse in my kitchen window all the time. I like to use my little chalkboard to write whatever verse God is impressing on my heart during that day or week. If you want more creative ways to saturate your life with Scripture, here’s an awesome list of ideas to keep you going.

4. Fight negative internal chatter.

Over the summer I wrote an entire series of posts about keeping your thoughts from swirling into a spiral that flows the same way as a toilet. Yep, our minds can sure be a vicious cycle- here’s a link to the posts that stop the crazy negative thought cycle.

5. Write a quick list of things for which you are thankful.

It’s been said “There is always something to be thankful for” and I believe it! When you find yourself sinking in discouragement, WRITE DOWN a focused list of thanks. The exercise can pull your mind out of the slums.

6. Turn up the praise music!

The name of Jesus stops negativity dead in its tracks. We discussed this point in the negative inside chatter series. Here’s a list of praise songs to curb disappointment.

7. Rest.

When I am stretched and living in a state of fatigue, I find a period of rest. Even a few minutes of closing my eyes while sitting on the couch surrounded by kiddos can be just the mental or physical break to revive my spirit.

8. Remember that feelings are temporary.

Things change and God is on the throne. He works all things for our good and our minds can’t comprehend His plan.

How do you fight discouragement? I’d love to read your ideas in the comments!

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9 Comments

  1. Another wonderful post Rachel! Thank you for such great suggestions to fight discouragement : )

  2. Rachel, keep up the great work!

  3. Thanks! great advice 🙂

  4. I think you’ve covered it all here! The last one is especially important, I think. I remember Philippians 4:8 and 2 Corinthians 10:5. My daughter sometimes argues that I say God is always with her but she doesn’t always FEEL His presence. I tell her that our feelings are not reliable but HE is. His promises are true but our feelings go this way and that. He never changes and we must rely on Him, not our own imaginations.

  5. Rachel, love your ideas! When I am discouraged, I always pray Isaiah 41:10 “Do not be afraid, I am with you; Do not be discouraged(anxious), I am your God. I will help you. I will strengthen you. I will uphold you with my victorious (righteous) right hand.” I have to admit I often substitute feelings in the verse depending on the situation. Then, I pray! I thank God for all He is doing in my life or in the lives of loved ones and ask Him, if it is His will, to “keep it coming”, to use me to help fulfill the purpose of all things in His time by His design.
    I know sometimes it is disheartening to see our special little ones struggle or suffer, but I pray for strength to continue to hope and persevere in prayer and thanksgiving for the moment and each moment to come! Keeping all in our hearts! Love and prayers for all our children!

    1. oh yes- I so love that verse!Amen and amen to your kind words. Much love to you and yours!

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