"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
I felt your discouragement across the miles today and heard the frustration in your voice. My mother heart died a little bit. Why is it sometimes when we pray the hardest, our situation worsens before it improves? I think it's because God is about to do great things.
When I'm discouraged, I've learned that if I start listing the blessings in my life, my perspective changes. In God's upside-down economy turning my back on despair and refusing to get sucked into the defeat and anxiety of whatever situation I can't control is the fastest way to get rid of the hopelessness dragging me down.
Lord, Your Word says, "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5). I am praying that verse over Kyle today. Remind him that he doesn't have to dwell on the negative and build up scenarios in his head that haven't even happened yet. You are in control. You have a plan. Work a miracle for him today. Thank you.
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About Lori Freeland
Lori Freeland, a freelance writer from the Dallas area, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her other life, the one BK—before kids—she has worked as a social worker and a certified dyslexic reading tutor. Currently, she embraces her status as full-time homeschool mom to three awesome children. Her big dream? Becoming a Young Adult novelist, a goal she diligently pursues during the wee hours of the morning with help from a very large mug of coffee and occasionally some chocolate-covered peanuts. In addition to blogging and contributing regular inspirational articles to Crosswalk.com, The Christian Pulse, and Believe.com, she loves to mentor new writers and encourage people to share their life stories. As a member of the Cancer Mom club, she desires to connect with others in hopes of giving support to those struggling down the messy paths of life. You can find her hanging with the North Texas Christian Writers as a Critique Group Leader and Writing Coach or cheering on her writers on the Faith Team at The Christian Pulse where she recently took on the role of editor. She also loves to attend Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators meetings where she has begun a critique workshop for new writers. You can visit her website at LAFREELAND.COM.
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