For the Discouraged Heart

Isn’t it funny how some days we can feel like we’re on top of the world and that absolutely nothing can tear us down. It’s almost like an invincible feeling. We feel like we could mentor the most broken up person and make them a success! Like we could write a parenting book, and it would finally be the one parenting method out there that would magically work for every single child! (OK…I haven’t felt THAT good since I was a parent of one…haha)

I’m talking about those feel good days in life: Those great moments…the moments when everything is perfect, skies are blue, life is put together, kids are cleaning the house without even being asked. And we think: This is it! I have found the key to having the “put together” life.

But then, the next day. The very. Next. Day…we are completely and unexpectedly shot down. We feel like we need mental help. Like everything is going wrong and we don’t know why. Like we don’t know what happened to our perfect world.

It’s moments like these that we get discouraged. No, not just discouraged, we feel helpless. Lost. Confused.

Hopeless.

At times we even wonder if the good times ever even happened, or if we’re  actually just that crazy that we thought them up like a daydreaming child.

Maybe this is you right now.

Today.

Oh, discouraged one…do I have a message for you!!!

Dear, precious one, you are not alone. In fact, the very thought that you are doing this alone has probably hurt you even more. This thought, that there’s something deeply wrong with you, has just isolated you even more from others than you even thought possible.

But you’re not alone. This happens to the best of us.

This happens to the strong ones. This happens to the “super mom” next to you. This happens to those who look like their lives are perfect, to those who have it “all together”.

This happens to the single and married alike, to the rich and the poor, to the parents and the childless, to those who have the guts to admit it and those who don’t.

True, to some this happens more often. And it can feel like no one possibly could understand the darkness that has plagued you your entire life. To some people, these down times are long seasons…not just lasting a day or two but they stretch into weeks and months, even years.

But they are seasons.

They will come to an end, and joy, pure childlike joy is waiting on the other side.

To some, even reading words the words pure childlike joy will cause pain, because those words try to awaken hope…hope that has been crushed long, long ago. God wants to awaken that hope within you. Will you let him?

Dear discouraged heart, you are not alone.  The moment that you start to believe that lie will be the moment that your hope begins to die.

Take comfort, Broken Soul, in this: There is One who has always walked beside you. He knows how you feel. Exactly how you feel! He sees your deepest pain, your darkest secret, your hidden tears. He has seen your perfect world turn upside and crumble before your eyes. He has seen you lose something that can never be replaced. And He knows it hurts! He has seen the betrayal you’ve experienced, the abuse that you’ve quietly suffered through. He’s seen everyone turn away, until you feel like you’re the only one left. He’s seen it and He cares.

And He says, “Oh dear child, you are not alone. I have never left you. Hold on, for I reward those who keep getting up. There is only one way to lose this race, and that is giving up. Don’t give up! Don’t let go!”

Discouraged One, you are not alone. Keep getting up, even when it feels impossible. Keep holding on, even when almost all hope is gone. He will help you with even this, all you have to do is ask.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

 

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