Feeling discouraged? Here’s what to do…


Feeling discouraged? Tired? Physically or emotionally run down?

It happens — from life, lost love, disappointments, and an overloaded schedule.

And God understands those days. I believe that’s why He included some encouraging songs in the Bible that remind us we’re not the only ones who have felt down and complained to Him about it.

In Psalm 6, David was experiencing an emotional low. He apparently felt discouraged, defeated, and overwhelmed. Physically, he was wasting away. He’d been running from his enemies too long and he was exhausted. Spiritually, he was dismayed and thought God had forgotten him. Emotionally, he was depressed and feeling ready to give up. I’d say David was running on empty!

Listen to his cry for help:

“Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint;
O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in anguish.
How long, O LORD, how long?
I am worn out from groaning….” (Psalm 6:2-3, 6a)

Do you ever feel that way? I do. When I’m over-extended, and I’ve pushed myself beyond the limits and I’m feeling physically and emotionally rundown. When I’ve reached burnout.

David was originally focused on his feelings. But then he focused on the facts to bring him out of his depressed and run-down state. Look at what happened when he started to remember the facts about God:

“Away from me, all you who do evil,
for the LORD has heard my cry for mercy;
The LORD accepts my prayer.
All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed;
They will turn back in sudden disgrace.” (verses 8-10)

What caused the dramatic shift in how David felt? He got his focus. It wasn’t about how he was feeling. It was about the God who was going to take care of him. When he remembered the facts about God, his feelings waned and he got the energy and confidence he needed to get through his situation.

This is what David discovered by focusing on the facts about God, rather than his feelings:
• He may have felt like he was forgotten, but the fact is that God knew his case.
• He may have felt that God wasn’t listening to Him, but the fact is that God in Heaven heard his cry.
• He may have felt that God had rejected him, but the fact is that God had accepted and acted upon his prayer.

What About You?

You, my friend, may feel rundown and defeated, like you can’t do one more thing but the fact is that you can do “everything through him who gives (you) strength” (Phil. 4:13).

You may feel you’re up against a no-win situation, but the fact is that “…with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26) and “Everything is possible for him who believes” (Mark 9:23).

You may feel like you’re at the end of your rope and you can’t do one thing more, but the fact is that “those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:31).

By waiting on God (that doesn’t take a lot of energy, by the way), you’ll gain new strength to rise up, walk, and even run.

Switch your focus right now onto God…the One who hears your cry and helps you.

Cindi
About me

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.

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20 Comments

Sally
Reply November 1, 2016

Love this! Thank you for this encouragement, Cindi!

    Cindi
    Reply November 1, 2016

    You're welcome, Sally. Thanks for taking the time to respond. :)

Annette Melville
Reply November 1, 2016

Thank you!! I was in the same state David found himself. I am much encouraged by your newsletter. I'm sure the Lord sent for me. Much! Much! appreciated! May the Lord continue to bless and use you to touch hearts all over the world.

    Cindi
    Reply November 1, 2016

    Thank you for your encouraging comment, Annette. I appreciate it. And I'm glad you were encouraged today by my blog.

Margaret
Reply November 1, 2016

I've been going through a rough time.I Am burnt out, feel like am at the end of the rope,defeated and forgotten.I am really encouraged by this newsletter.God bless you Cindy!

    Cindi
    Reply November 1, 2016

    Thank you so much, Margaret, for letting me know this message has spoken to your heart. Keep your focus on Him. He has not forgotten you.

Gayle
Reply November 2, 2016

Thank you, again, Cindi. Your encouragement is so needed and welcomed. God bless you, dear sister!

    Cindi
    Reply November 2, 2016

    Thank you, Gayle. I appreciate your encouragement, as well. :)

Dawn Talley
Reply November 2, 2016

Opened email and read this blog after a very frustrating event this morning. God is good! Thank you for the encouragement.

    Cindi
    Reply November 2, 2016

    I'm so glad you were encouraged this morning, Dawn. God truly IS good and cares about all that you experience. Thanks for your comment.

shirley
Reply November 2, 2016

Thank you very much for encouraging me through your newsletter. God is still God God bless you

    Cindi
    Reply November 2, 2016

    Thank you, Shirley, for your words that have encouraged me this morning. Blessings to you as well.

Nadine
Reply November 2, 2016

Good Morning, my sister! Praise GOD for the timely word! Remain focused on who He is and the goodness of His love. Shared with several ladies, they were equally encouraged. Praying for the ministry and for GOD'S blessing to continue to be your's in all that you do in Jesus name!

    Cindi
    Reply November 2, 2016

    Thank you, Nadine. Always good to hear from you. Thank you for sharing this with other ladies, too. And thank you for your prayers.

Noku
Reply November 3, 2016

Spoken to my heart right now. God bless you

    Cindi
    Reply November 3, 2016

    Thank you, Noku, for your encouraging comment.

vanessa
Reply November 3, 2016

Hi Cindi, please please pray for me I feel burnt out and defeated. My adult daughter in her 30s is caught up in lies,borrowing money and not paying back and she has run away from everyone including me. Worse still she doesn't want to attend church any more. I really need to help me to intercede on her behalf for God to change her so she can confess face her consequences and deal with them, God should make her clean. I am so desperate Cindi please help me out in this dire situation!

    Cindi
    Reply November 3, 2016

    Vanessa, I'm so sorry about your heartache concerning your daughter. God's heart hurts, too, over her rebellion because she is primarily running from Him, not you. But He won't let her out of His sight (Psalm 139). Please continue to love her, as God loves you and me in spite of our sin, and I will join you in praying that God will convict her heart and bring her back to Him.

vanessa
Reply November 6, 2016

Thank you Cindi for the ecouraging words, I have just read Psalms 139 and will continue reading. Please continue praying for both my daughter and I for she is still out there where no one knows,she has blocked my numbers and still running away from everyone cos of her lies and debts. Her friends are calling me to ask where she and I do not have answers. I am praying for her safe return and to just stop lieying let God take control of her life.please continue praying for wisdom for her. I love and miss her.

    Cindi
    Reply November 7, 2016

    You and your daughter will remain in my prayers, Vanessa. I'm so sorry for the heartache you are experiencing.

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