Been there. Wallow and die, or respond and thrive. Those are the basic two reactions, and their outcomes. I’m choosing to respond. Here’s how:
1) Spend time pouring out my heart to God. He is called a refuge, he is called a tower, he is said to have a big wing that we can huddle under, he is called a shelter, he is called a friend. He listens, and He’s available. And most important, He understands.
2) Spend time reading God’s Word. I am reminded of God’s goodness even when people are not. I am reminded of God’s faithfulness. I am inspired by the men and women who have gone before me and their paths have helped make mine straight. God’s word is alive, it’s relevant, and it lifts my spirits, and always speaks to me.
3) Encourage someone else. One of the best ways to avoid drowning in discouragement, is to offer encouragement to someone else. I take time, and think of 3-5 people who I want to bless. A text, an email, a call, a card..something to praise them, to thank them, to remind them that there is a God who loves them.
4) Reach out to the people who God has placed in your life as gifts. I have two or three friends who I go to for prayer. I am not afraid of being judged, for they have made me feel safe to be vulnerable. Let them know you’re struggling, and that you could use prayer on your behalf. It’s not selfish, it’s not humiliating. It’s how the family of God was designed; to help each other by carrying one another’s burdens.
Psalm 103:1 Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.