Im a little tired of running my race but Im trying to stay up  on the positive.  I think Im tired of waiting but no matter how tired you are of doing something, if the reward that comes out of it is worth it, you’ll stay running…

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:1-2

Ive been alot of discouraged lately but no matter how discouraged I am I still believe in the Almighty God. I still believe nothing is to hard for Him. I remember in a scripture, John 6:60-69, after Jesus had spoke on something that his disiples couldnt really accept in their flesh. So they turned away and stopped following Him. Then Jesus turned to his other 12 disiples and said:  

You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

I kinda feel that way right now. Sometime it gets hard to follow God after you feel offended or mislead or something was said or done that you felt wasnt right but regardless, you know the truth. I believe that the words Jesus spoke are true. And the authors and the teaches of the bible were lead by God to write down all that I needed to know. I think Im in the proccess of picking up my offended heart, my tear, my hurt feelings, my disbelief, my saddness, my struggle and pain, and moving on. If your in the same position, here are some things that will help you through this tough time of trusting in God. Things that are working for me is:

Prayer:

The last thing I feel like doing right now is praying- lol! which probably means I need to do it. Prayer is how we communicate with God. Remember God has no forsaken you (or me) and he cares for us completely. He cares how we feel, whats on our minds, what we’re scared of worried about. He cares if we have food to eat, something to drink, clothes on our backs…etc etc etc! He cares about you. So continue to pray to Him and listen. The bible tells us in Philippians 4:7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. In Psalm 102:17 it says He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea. and in Psalm 22:24 For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. God hasnt shut you off…even if you are mad at Him an questioning Him. He loves you and he cares for you. We have to remember that we are still His children and I dont know about yours but regardless of how angry I get at my parents they’re still there for me and still loving me along the way. How much greater can our heavenly father be to us?

Praise

This is tricky cause if your anything like me, you dont want to praise, you want to cry- yep I cry until my eyes are puffy and red and it helps letting my feelings out but nothing does the trick like praise! If you cant form the words right now, get you some praise music on. Listen to uplifting lyrics and just go with the flow. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalms 100:4. Praise is not only being obedient to the word of God (it is commanded to give praise to God) but its also a spiritural weapon. There is an incrediable uplifting of the spirit when we decide to Praise God inspite of our situation. When we praise, they say that God abids in the praise of His people so when we lift our hands in surrended and thanksgiving and praise God enters into our mist and unfortunately God and sorrow, dispair, discouragement cant exsist in the same space, so all that with the enemy has to flees.  Praise is a showing of our faith and a tool on our minds. When we praise we get our eyes and worries off our situation and problems but we start to see our Almighty God. In Matthew the 14 chapter it tells a story about Peter walking on water. The disciples were on the boat when they thought they saw a ghost but the ghost called back to them saying to them to not be afraid but it was indeed Jesus. Peter in all his braveness decided to join Him and called out to Him. “Lord, if its you, tell me to come to you.” and Jesus accepted. 

“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matt 14:23

Peter didnt start sinking til he started to look around in the postion he was in. Its important that we keep our prospective clear and our eyes on God. Its so easy to worry and to stress while we’re in the mist of a storm, but what would that do? Even in Matt 6:27  it says “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Nothing happens when we start to stress about our situation. It only makes things seem worst than they are.The best thing is to Praise. It not only shows your faith in God who is able to do the impossible but it also takes the strain off of you.                 

Read the word of God

The word of God is a powerful tool. In the time of discouragment or doubt, we can look into the Bible and bring those things back to rememberance. We can look inside and read that God has not forgotten about us and that he loves us. It reminds us to keep holding on because altho sorrow may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning. We remember that our Lord Jesus Christ has sent a helper and a comforter, the Holy Spirit. We remember that God will take care of us and that He is not a man that He shall lie so what He says and what He promises us will come to pass. To not get hung up on this world because whatever struggles we face here, Jesus has already overcome the world. We are reminded of the very things that has given us hope before. Not only that, the bible says in Hebrew 4:12 that the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. God said Himself in Jeremiah 23:29 “Isn’t my word like fire or like a hammer that shatters a rock?” Gods word is powerful and when we use it, it strengthens us. Use the word of God to cleanse yourself of any bad thoughts or bad moods.

In 2 Corinthians 10:4 it says that the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. When faceing times of hardship, disbelief, dicouragement, tiredness, wearyness, anger, or sorrow we have to remember that God is still with us working things our in our favor! Your situation can change in a moments time so continue to be prayerful and in praise and the word of God and most importantly til then look to our Heavenly Father for strength.

Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary,

and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40: 28-31

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