Everyone gets disappointed sometimes, because everyone experiences circumstances that they wouldn’t choose, or hopes that go unfulfilled. Disappointment is a part of life.  But disappointment is not your greatest enemy. There is something far more serious than disappointment, and that’s discouragement.

Discouragement might start out as disappointment, but if it takes root in your soul, discouragement will rob you of the ability to see clearly. And if you lose your vision, you start to lose everything.  Discouragement is literally the removal of courage.  You can shrug, smile and still move forward when you’re disappointed. It’s hard to raise a smile or move at all when you’re discouraged.

If you feel discouraged, you need to find some encouragement, quick. You need courage to rise again within. Find a friend, a song, a book, a church, (maybe all of the above) and let some encouragement in.  Let God put His courage back in your heart.  You will find strength rising within, when courage enters your soul.


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How have you dealt with discouragement in your life?  What has worked for you?



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imageIf you find yourself stressed about what God is or isn’t up to, it might be that you need to re-evaluate your understanding of what faith is. Faith is not about straining with every sinew in your being to believe God for something. No. Faith is keeping your eyes on Jesus, trusting him, letting peace reign in your heart. Delight yourself in Jesus. Worship him. Trust him. He’ll show you the way forward. Faith is seeing your problems in the light of God’s limitless grace and power. Don’t worry. He’s got you.  (I took this picture on a beach in Cornwall)

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A few days ago I stepped into a different world.

At least that’s how it always feels to me when I head into a prison. The prison environment is ‘other – worldly’. Cold, bare walls, painted in a utilitarian magnolia. Health and safety signs reminding guards: ‘Locked it? Prove it.’ Heavy clunking steel gates. It’s not exactly home.

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