Discouragement


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(On the road to our home.)


Sometimes things in life do not go according to plan.

Right now I feel trapped by certain life circumstances. And it's upsetting, because all I really want to do is enjoy this pregnancy, the feeling of new life growing inside me for what could be the last time, but instead I have so many stresses and burdens to bear right now.

I have to believe that there is relief right around the corner, that God has a plan. But all I can see right now is the sameness. As Katherine says in the Anne of Avonlea movie, there is no bend in my road - I can see it stretching on to the skyline.

I don't like this road. I feel like its the wrong road and if I keep going I'm just going to get lost.

This is all very vague, and right now I'm afraid it has to be that way. Suffice it to say that I'm just struggling with a lot of discouragement this week.

I got so down the other night that no verses would even come to mind, so I actually sat down and googled "verses for discouragement". Yes, I did. I'm kind of embarrassed to even admit that, because I feel like God's word should just flow from those hiding places in my heart up to my mind at moments like that. Everything was cloudy though, and I couldn't think, so I googled and clicked on the first link that popped up.

I read through the verses, and by the fifth one I was tearing up. It is like water to my soul, and nothing anyone can say, none of the reassurances I can think up in my own head, compare to God's words. It is like He spoke them directly to me.

Trust in The Lord, Callie, and He will make your paths straight (sometimes straight roads can be good things too). (Psalm 3:5-6)

There will be trouble in your life, Callie, but He has overcome the world. (John 16:33)

You do not know how to pray as you should, but the Spirit intercedes for you with groaning too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)

The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  (Joshua 1:9)

Be strong, take courage, Callie, while you wait on The Lord. (Psalm 31:24)

If God is for you, who can be against you?  (Romans 8:31)

Everything I needed to hear. Proof that He knows what I need, not just in a moment of discouragement, but in my life too. The waiting on The Lord is hard, but because He knows what we need (even when we don't) we can be strong. We can take courage. He'll guide us, He'll go with us, He speaks for us, He overcomes, and who (or what) can really be against us? GOD is for us.

You can't beat that.

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This post is part of a new Friday series I'm starting, in which I'm going to try to bring a little more of my "real life" back to the blog. Real life stories, real life happenings, real life struggles, real life lessons. Because these are the things my kids will want to read someday, and these are the things I will want to remember.
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"B" said...

I could have written this post myself. We must leave it to Him, as he knows the way! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sarah @ The Not Quite Military Wife said...

I'm so sorry you are in a discouraging time right now. Those verses were perfect!

Amy said...

Praying for you.

Alli said...

lPraying for you, sweet friend! Let me know if there is anything specific you need. You're beautiful and God has big plans for you and He loves you so much!

Anonymous said...

Oh friend! I have been very stressed and discouraged as well! We are nervous and praying that Ryan finds a job! These verses were such an encouragement (:

Brittney said...

Oh Callie my heart breaks for you..:( Have to say while I've not been in your same shoes before, I'm positive I've been in a similar place. I remember the darkest times were when we were living in Florida for what seemed like an endless amount of time, while dealing with secondary infertility and no foreseeable, hopeful outcomes to either of those circumstances. I remember crying and praying, a lot. In a strange way I actually miss those times now, as much of the time I felt closer to the heart of God than I ever had. Well, He alone knows exactly what you're going through and what it is you need from Him..praying His wisdom and comfort, and the peace that passes all understanding seep into the depths of your soul today. Take heart, my friend, for in this world you may have trouble but God has overcome the world! Thinking of you..

Brittney said...

P.S. The beautiful area where you live looks so inviting..so picturesque! I'm a tad envious;) as where we live is more urban (though green and pretty).

Amanda said...

Thank you for your honesty and I'm not lying when I say that I googled "verses for disappointment" the other day because some people have disappointed me and it hurt me. I know people disappointed Christ and he still loved him but I was human and let myself get down. I'm sorry you feel discouraged and know you have people praying for you! You are not alone!

Melissa said...

I am so sorry you are dealing with such discouragement, Callie. Glad you found those verses and let God speak right to your heart. He does it best. Praying for you.

Stacy Kinard said...

I know you have lots of comments and readers, but I felt led to show you my friend Amys post called Frankly Friday where she gets real on her walk with God. Maybe you can get some encouragement through this... http://www.takingstepshome.com/2013/10/frankly-friday-crooked-paths.html?m=1

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