Poetry, music, creative writing and a desire to inspire…..Isaiah 41:10: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
A Prayer for Strength and Encouragement By Baptist Bible Hour
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. – Proverbs 18:10
David and his men arrived home to discover the army of Amalek had burned the city and had taken their wives and children captive. They wept until they could weep no more. The loss was overwhelming.
In their grief and frustration, the men blamed David and spoke of stoning him… but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. Under God’s direction, David then led a victorious march against the Amalekites and recovered their wives and children without a single loss; but we want to give attention to David’s method of encouragement.
You may have waited for someone to come and encourage you in your night of trouble, but no one has come. So you may ask, “How can I encourage myself?” First, consider that God is still on the throne and He is your God.
There was no friend at hand to encourage David; his own men had turned against him. But when it appeared everything was lost, he turned to God for his help. He saw God as his God. He did not consider God to be at such a distance that He would not come to his rescue.
Second, remember that daybreak may be just ahead. David and his men experienced the anguish of believing their families probably had been killed, but they were all recovered safely. The old adage goes, “The darkest time of the night is just before dawn,” and dawn may soon be breaking for you.
Further, you can encourage yourself by remembering that our trials are for a good purpose. The trials themselves are burdensome and distasteful but the end is good as God teaches you more of your weakness and more of His strength.
If you find yourself in need of strength and encouragement, here is a prayer you can pray:
Lord, like David, I need your encouragement in a time of trial and anguish. Thank you that you are always on the throne, always my God, ready to save. Thank you for being the same God to me that you were to David. Thank you for always being near and always rescuing me from my fears and hurts. Lord, help me remember that daybreak might be just ahead, that this trial will not last forever. Fill me with hope that daybreak is coming and that your love will always prevail!
When you are faced with a challenge you reach a turning point. Either you turn and run away or you turn in the direction the challenge and meet it head on. – Syl
The odds may be against you. What you must face seems formidable. Sure, you can go into the opposite direction but then you live with that “what could have been” thought lingering in your mind.
We are capable of achieving great things when we set our mind, heart and spirit in motion as one. What looks impossible or what looks like an insurmountable task can be made possible or overcome. Do not short change yourself. We never need to settle for the path of least resistance. Every new day is an opportunity to rise above it all.
“Being strong is not always about physical endurance, at times it is about being a pillar for someone else.” – Syl
Life is totally unpredictable. Sometimes you get blindsided and sometimes you can see things coming from a mile away and when it reaches you, it is not what you thought you saw. Predicaments happen and you deal with them, but when they come in waves what do you do? Deal with them.
There are times in this life when others may need your support, whomever they may be. Whether by choice or out of necessity they need to lean on you to help get them through a difficult time. This takes patience, understanding and stamina on your part and you might be taken to your perceived limit but you remain strong. Strong because someone is dependent upon you in helping them get upright again. It doesn’t mean you are doing everything for them but assisting in getting them through troubling times.
You may not have all the answers and you do not need to. You can help point in the right direction for solutions. In the process of being supportive it can be taxing on you in all aspects, yet you remain strong, not to puff yourself up as the end all, do all, superhuman, it is because you want to see the situation get better. No matter how tiring it might be (this is when the vultures circling above have a false sense of security) you remain strong.
We do what we can as best as we can in the given moment. Never tire of compassion.
What we experience in life can steer us along a path of light or steer us down a dark road. When the waves come, we either can ride them or allow them to crash on us and drown out our hopes. Some of those waves are small ones, things that hamper us but we know we’re able to overcome them and ride them out. Some waves are a little bigger, they toss us about as we try to maintain a steady flow to our lives. Then there are those gigantic waves that look so insurmountable that we doubt that we can ever get through them. It is those gigantic waves that have the hugest impact on our thoughts, emotions and inner being.
We can have all the self confidence we want, but sometimes there are things that happen so suddenly that you are bewildered for awhile trying to figure out if it is something that you can get through, something that you can ride out until everything is steady again. Years ago, I was woken up by the doorbell in the middle of the night. When I answered, it turned out to be a tow tuck driver there to repossess my car. I was completely caught off guard (and that is putting it mildly). Yes, I admit I had been behind in my car payments and had been playing catch up while keeping in contact the auto dealer. At least I can say that the driver was kind enough to allow me to get some things out of the car before they towed it away. I was totally embarrassed, confused as to what to do, in shock and whatever bad feeling there was to feel.
I spent a week or so without my car, while walking everywhere to get errands done. After a few phone calls I found out that my car had been sent out of state and would have been auctioned off. I was able to get my car back eventually and it wasn’t easy, but I didn’t give up. No sooner had I gotten my car back when another wave of trouble showed up. Again, I was completely caught off guard. Although these were two huge waves of hardship, I was able to ride them out and not get thrown into the deep depths of despair. It was by no means a simple process and it took a lot of patience despite my inner man being pulled in so many directions emotionally.
We all have our waves that we must face. Sometimes, we see them coming, sometimes we are thrown for a loop, caught off guard. Life causes waves, people cause waves, we cause waves. Small, big or gigantic, we can only do our best to ride them out (if we choose to do so). Whatever tools are at your disposal, faith, positive mind set, prayer, meditation, etc.. Do what you need to do to ride that wave out until your waters are calm again. There is a way to get through what troubles you, just do not choose to let the waves drown out your hopes. You are capable!