For When You Feel Discouraged

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This is a reblog it is from HERE written by the talented KAT. Had to share this beautiful story with you. I do hope you enjoy it and feel uplifted after reading it. ~ Sarah xxx

Maybe you made big plans to get up early and read your Bible, pray, exercise and plan. Maybe you hit the snooze button this morning. Maybe you’ve hit it every morning for the past month.

Maybe you’re feeling discouraged right now. Or maybe you’ve been discouraged for awhile.

Maybe your past echoes of brokenness, fatigue and failed dreams.

Have I got a story for you.

This isn’t a story of triumph. It’s a story of pain, falling short and unfulfilled dreams. But it’s also a story of furious love. And a reminder that faithfulness in the face of our failures can bring the greatest reward of all.

Last Place Never Looked So Good
Barcelona. 1992. Derek Redmon was Britain’s greatest quarter miler.

BANG!! Off to a good start, his prospects for the race looked good. Until…

Until his hamstring snapped. Yes, snapped. He stumbled and fell to the ground. With cameramen snapping pictures and the world watching, he was consumed with the pain of his broken body and broken dream.

And then? He made a decision. To finish. He knew he wouldn’t come in 1st, 2nd or 3rd. He knew he wouldn’t cross the finish line in victory. But he decided he would cross that line. So, up he struggled and he hobbled down the track, grimacing in pain.

Then, in the background, something happened in the stands. A man, older, gray-er than Derek pushed past people, waved off guards and ran down the track. His face was filled with the furious love of a father.

He pushed away officials. He pushed away security personnel. He pushed away anyone who dared interfere. He wrapped his arms around his weeping son and together they finished the race.

Few could name the winner of the 400 meter gold that year. But millions of people remember Derek’s faithfulness and his father’s furious love.

You Do Not Struggle Alone
If you are struggling, whether it’s with getting up in the morning or life in general, never believe that your Father’s love is any less furious.

He DOES NOT stand at the finish line awaiting your triumphant victory. He runs alongside you, cheering you as you go. And when you struggle, when you fall, He wraps His all powerful, healing hands around you and and holds you as you press on. Together.

He will let nothing get in His way.

Enough of my insufficient words. Read what David said in the Psalms.

Psalm 18
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.

7 The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.

8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.

9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.

10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him
the dark rain clouds of the sky.

12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

13 The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.

14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies ,
great bolts of lightning and routed them.

15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.

17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Prayer …

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“Anyone who is having troubles should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises.” ~ James 5:13

When a Christian person prays great things happen! There is no right or wrong way to pray. If you want to deepen your prayer life then you will need to spend time in prayer. You don’t need to prepare to pray or read about prayer or even go to University of Church studies or talks on prayer. If your mind wanders don’t worry God knows your mind. He created you to be a thinking person, just get back to the point of prayer. And the whole point is talking to God, sharing your heart and listening to Him.

Do what works for you! Do you have a quiet space to pray in? Maybe you pray in your garden? Perhaps you play music when you pray? Some folks only pray when they are inspired. And if you are inspired every day, then great. But if you aren’t inspired everyday then you may need to press on and still pray.

Then there are times when prayer can be a struggle. I would like to suggest that if your prayer life is a little lacking or inspiration isn’t flowing daily then praying through a Psalm in your bible will really help. King David was a man after God’s own heart. He was flawed and a sinner and his prayers were awesome, they read like poetry. God loves to hear from His children, even if all we can pray at times is just a few words. He know’s our heart better than we do.

Below are some scriptures talking about prayer. ~ Sarah

“Pray with thankfulness and praise in your heart Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” ~ Philipp 4:6

“For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.” ~ 1 Pet 3:12

“Pray with honesty and sincerity The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” ~ Psalm 145:18

“Pray with faith And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” ~ Mt 21:22

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1:8-9

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, These Lord will not hear.” ~ Psalm 66:18

“These sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.” ~ Prov 15:8

“Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.” ~ John 9:31

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” ~ James 1:6

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” ~ Mark 11:24

“Pray with God’s will in mind Now this is the confidence that we have in God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” ~ 1 John 5:14

“Pray in Jesus name. {A prayer which is TRULY “in Jesus name” will be the same prayer that Jesus would pray if He were in your place, facing the situations you are now facing.} {Jesus said…} And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” ~ John 14:13

“Pray earnestly. Persist. Never lose heart. Never give up! Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” ~ Col 4:2

“Then Jesus spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” ~ Luke 18:1

“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” ~ Acts 12:5

“Pray without ceasing.” ~ 1 Thes 5:17

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” ~ Rom 12:12

“Pray with boldness, because your High Priest is Lord Jesus.We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Heb 4:15-16

“Pray with humility. Humble yourself before God. Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.” ~ Dan 9:3

“Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered, I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.” ~ Psalm 35:13-14

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” ~ 2 Chron 7:14

“Therefore by Him {Jesus} let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” ~ Heb 13:15

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” ~ Col 4:2

“Pray in privacy for your deepest, most personal needs. When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” ~ Mt 6:6