I made the commitment to wake up at 5am to create the white space to dive deeper into prayer, scripture study, journaling and working on what I believe to be God's call for my life, which is to encourage women. I've been going strong for a month and a week! I'm so encouraged by this new habit that I even issued a challenge to friends to try waking up at this golden hour as a gift to themselves.
Then it happened...this week, I felt an old familiar nemesis creep in...discouragement. Suddenly, the passion I felt to pursue the project that I've been so excited to put out into the world, started to dwindle. Procrastination set in, and then the reel started playing, it sounded like this...
-Why am I wasting my time creating a webinar that a thousand other people probably have done ?
- No one is going to register, and all this work will be for nothing
-Do people really care about what I have to say?
There's more, but you get the gist of how stinking thinking started sinking in, and soon after a cloud of discouragement hovered over my head and heart. Unfortunately, the cloud of discouragement has probably rained on your parade before. One day your skipping along, feeling good and in alignment, and then boom the cloud storm breaks and you're sitting in a puddle of doubt. Ladies, I wasn't just under a sprinkle of rain I was in a monsoon. So if you're caught in that storm right now, this post is for you. Let's break down this cloud of discouragement, so you can start to feel the rays of God's encouragement again!
Let's look at:
The definition of discouragement
Where it originates
What discouragement looks like
What's the damage
How it is defeated
The Definition of Discouragement
Discouragement is defined as a loss of confidence, or enthusiasm; or dispiritedness.
I want you to pay close attention to the word, dispiritedness. As daughters of the King our confidence comes through Christ! Through him we are fully equipped, not lacking any spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 1:7). When we are discouraged we experience a loss in confidence, motivation, but more importantly we become dispirited. We stop relying on the spiri