Sunday, January 6, 2008

When You Feel Like Giving Up

Dad (who also happens to be my pastor) brought an extremely timely, very practical message today based out of Nehemiah. Now, Nehemiah happens to be one of my favorite Bible characters because he was an awesome leader. He knew how to work with people, keep them encouraged, and finish a task.

We began today looking at four reasons why people give up and then we're going to be looking at solutions. Today's reason? DISCOURAGEMENT!! This is why I say the message is so timely. I don't know about you but it just seems that so many people are so discouraged anymore. You can see it on their faces. When we were at lunch today, Josh ran into a friend from high school. You could tell by looking at that boy's had discouragement written all over it.

Doesn't Satan love it when we're down? We're a society of over-worked, over-tired, over-drawn, over-exteneded people and then we wonder why we're not happy, can't sleep, have ulcers, and have no peace. Satan loves it!! We're virtual sitting ducks for his fiery darts.

I fought my share of battles in 2007. As mentioned in a previous post, I, myself have been down and "weary in my well-doing." I have decided to keep going this year. To not quit. To not make it easy for Satan attack when I'm so vulnerable. There are things I've got to do to make sure this doesn't happen. My mother has used this acrostic for years - H.A.L.T.

H=hungry (for God's Word)

I was maxed out on all four of these at the beginning of this week!! This year I intend to stay on guard and make sure I don't max out again. I intend to stay alert!!!

"Be self-controlled and alert.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour."
I Peter 5:8
Josh left this afternoon and I did NOT cry!!! It dawned on me last night to ask God to give me peace. He did. DUH!!!! Now why didn't I think of this sooner???????

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