Monday, November 12, 2012

Tired, Sad or Feeling Hopeless? Here's Help...

Are you sad, worried or feeling hopeless? How do you press on when you’re emotionally or physically drained? When times are tough, here are some vital things to help you persevere with God’s strength:

Cast your cares. Don’t take on burdens you were never meant to bear—like worry, fear and doubt. They’ll weigh you down and hinder you from being effective. Instead, give God your fears; surrender trying to do it all on your own to Him.  

In other words, like a fishing line, cast your cares, and don’t reel them back in again. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”  

Press on in prayer. Prayer is the foundation upon which everything else is built in your life. It the most important thing you can do. You may think, “I’ve already prayed, what other solutions are there?”  

Keep on praying. Talk to God about your situation, because He is the one who has the power to change it. Maybe you need a course correction in your life, or you need to stay the course. Ask God for discernment.  

Speak freely and openly about how you feel and what you need. Thank Him for what He’s done already in your life and expect Him to answer. As you pray, believe God is working and stand in the strength you receive. 
Send in reinforcements. Sometimes you need backup. It’s amazing what happens when you receive support in prayer from friends and family members who are willing to pray for you and with you.

When you don’t know what to pray, when you’re spent emotionally or physically, or, like Moses, when you need someone to “hold up your arms” (to support you), the prayers of others on your behalf can give you a boost to keep going.

Praise anyways. One of the most powerful things you can do is worship. Despair cannot journey where praise and worship reside. Put on a music CD or worship music and just listen. Relax into it. Let God comfort you.

Life may be challenging for you right now; you wonder how things will ever change. Take heart. Even in your darkest times, the hope of Christ shines brighter. When you are weak, He is your strong comfort. When you are exhausted, He is your strength—firm and secure. The Light of the World shines as your beacon—a lighthouse in the midst of the storm to guide you to safe harbor.

Light always overcomes the darkness.


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