10 Verses for When You Feel Discouraged

10 Verses for When You Feel Discouraged

1. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 43:5 (ESV)

2. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 (ESV)

3. Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:14 (ESV)

4. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5 (ESV)

5. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2 (KJV)

6. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 (ESV)

7. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11 (ESV)

8. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. Psalm 18:30 (NKJV)

9. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2(ESV)

10. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26(ESV)

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More of God’s Presence: Week 7 – You Are Invited

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Welcome to our Psalm 23 series! If you missed the other posts in this series you can find them here:

Week 1: The Shepherd
Week 2: Green Grass
Week 3: Still Waters
Week 4: Restoration
Week 5: My Worth
Week 6: The Valley

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You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5(ESV)

Just beyond the valley of life lies a fork in the road. One road is the narrow way where enemies lurk at every turn; the other road looks broad, a bit easier and seems to beckon with it’s lush green grass and roomy path. It seems obvious the path to walk, but something deep inside tells me to take the narrow path.

I know the path God has prepared for me, but it’s hard to walk the narrow way. I stand gazing, evaluating, and wondering if there is an easier way to get to where I’m going. When I think about the journey, I hear a still small voice say: “I am with you.”
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me. Psalm 23:4

I continue walking and just beyond the turn I see the most elegant table scape with colorful fresh flowers, pressed linen napkins, perfectly shined silver, and the most exquisite China I have ever seen. I stop to admire the table when I notice the name card.

Thinking there must be a mistake, I look again with squinted eyes to be sure I’m reading correctly, and I realize the table is prepared for me. There’s one other seat around the other side of the table. I circle the table to see who else is invited.

On my journey I’ve picked up lots of baggage and I’m filthy. I’m unfit to sit at such a beautiful table. My clothes are not my best and I’m bound to get the table linens dirty. My hands, they need to be washed, and I’m not ready to sit with Jesus. As I think through all the reasons why I shouldn’t stay, I hear the Shepherd say, “I saved you a seat.”
He approaches my seat and pours out the most precious oil of favor and grace. He tells me that no matter what I bring to the table I am welcome to stay. He looks beyond my dirty hands and weathered clothing. He picks up my baggage and tells me he will carry it the rest of the journey.

He gives me love and comfort and His mercy is so extravagant I cannot comprehend the volume of it. Tears, overwhelming tears fill my eyes as I admire the Shepherd.

Why would He sit with me?
I cannot understand why He would save me a seat. I don’t deserve it. But over and over He does. Every time I open the Word of God He prepares a table for me. We break bread together and He speaks to me. He tells me where I need to make things right and how to stay on the narrow way.

He reminds me that even though there will be enemies in my path, He will always save me a seat at the table.

He says pull up your chair and stay a while. When I do, my cup runs over with the blessings of His love. It’s amazing! There are no words to express His presence.
All of us who have believed in Jesus have a seat at the table. Maybe at some point along the path you’ve pushed away from the table, feeling less than favored, or perhaps your cup seemed to dry up. Wherever you are on this journey of life, your seat is reserved. The bread of life and the anointing oil of the Holy Spirit’s favor are waiting with your name card.

If you stand at the fork in the road just beyond the valley and feel like you can’t take the narrow path, just remember the table is already set. It’s perfectly prepared for you in spite of what you bring along with you. When you meet the host of the banquet, you’ll be in awe. And the food will satisfy the deepest hunger of your soul.

Don’t push away from the table. Straighten your chair and tuck your legs in tight. Bow your head and listen as the Lord gives the blessing. You are the honored guest. You are welcome and you are accepted in the family of God. Pull up your chair and receive the favor.

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I imagine a lot of empty chairs with name cards that have been sitting for quite a while. If you long for acceptance, love, and a companion, there’s no greater relationship than the relationship between a human being and God Himself. He’s waiting and has a seat reserved with your name on it.
Sit with Him a while. Listen. And let the precious ointment of His presence wash over your soul. It’s breathtaking and more beautiful than I could ever describe. Sit at the table for yourself, baggage and all. Your seat is reserved.

Love & Blessings,

Micah

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When You Walk Through the Valley

Welcome to our Psalm 23 series “More of God’s Presence”. We are walking through the valley in Psalm 23 this week and I hope you are encouraged by the simple words below. If you have missed the other posts in this series, you can find them here:

Week 1: The Shepherd
Week 2: Green Grass
Week 3: Still Waters
Week 4: Restoration
Week 5: My Worth

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The Valley

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

Sometimes it’s easy to ask for prayer, for help, for support. You shout out on Facebook or through a text message and ask your friends to lift you up in prayer. Other times putting words together to make a complete thought seems impossible. The valleys of life are dark. We all walk through them at one time or another.

For some the valley looks like cancer. For others the valley looks like tragedy. For many the valley looks like financial crisis and stress that seems like it will never end. And then there’s the valley of death. That one is really hard to beat.
It takes a toll on family and friends and literally leaves a shadow for years to come. The grief is hard to define because it comes in like a freight train when you least expect it. And other times it just looms like a simple shadow. You always know it’s there, but dealing with it and making sense of it is complicated.

Valleys are hard. They hurt and can be oh so lonely. I’m talking about the ones that take your breath away and leave you with no words.

If you are going through a valley, I want to share a simple song with you that God gave me recently as I remembered some difficult valleys I have walked through. My valleys will be different than yours, but they are valleys just the same. It might be the valley of pain, the valley of broken dreams, or the valley of anxiety, but all of us have a common bond – we all go through some sort of valley at some point in our life.

In my valleys there have been specific things God put in my path that brought a smile to my life – people, a kind word, a song, a verse, an encouraging note. I hope the words of this song will bring you a smile today. I don’t know what you face, but I know this – God has given me a smile even in the shadow, even in the desperate unknown. God is with us in the valleys. God is with you.

Anyway
by Micah Maddox

When God feels far away
And there’s no more words to pray
When friends have nothing to say
But the pain won’t go away

Trust God has a plan for you
He is faithful, and His love is true
It’s time to uncover your eyes
See God working in each of our lives

Be kind anyway
Smile anyway
Do right anyway
Even if it don’t go your way
It’s time to embrace this place
Stop running after the chase
Cause God, He knows your name
With Him you’ll never be the same
Smile anyway
Smile anyway

When fear takes hold of you
You feel you can’t make it through
Just think on what’s good and true
Remember His grace brand new

Cause God’s still working on you
No matter what you think or do
It’s time to let Him hold you strong
No matter what’s going wrong

God is willing to hold you through the night
He is faithful, for His children He will fight
So hold on tight and don’t let go
In the morning new mercy you will know

Be kind anyway
Smile anyway
Do right anyway
Even if it don’t go your way
It’s time to embrace this place
Stop running after the chase
Cause God, He knows your name
With Him you’ll never be the same
Smile anyway
Smile anyway

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Love & Blessings,

Micah

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More of God’s Presence: Week 5 – My Worth

Welcome to Week 5 of More of God’s Presence. If you missed the other posts in this series, you can find them here:

Week 1: The Shepherd
Week 2: Green Grass
Week 3: Still Waters
Week 4: Restoration

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THE PATH

Sometimes I like to take all the credit.

You know, like when one of my kids does something really amazing and I sit there and grin from ear to ear thinking, “Yep, that’s my kid!”

Or when I actually get all the laundry caught up and even match all the socks that have been sitting in a basket for months, yes, months. I might even take my husband on a tour of the closets and drawers just to let him know how awesome I am. Thank you very much.

Or when I’m in public and all my kids have on matching clothes, their hair is brushed, and they are all smiling like they love me – that’s when my pride really gets puffy. What you can’t see is the moments before when we were in the van and I was really letting them have it about talking ugly to each other. I might even bribe them with trips to Sonic or Dunkin Donuts. Can I get a witness?

I don’t know what it is for you that makes you feel worth, but I’m learning more and more about what my worth is really made of. It’s not in my children and how they behave or misbehave. It’s not in my housekeeping skills, or meal plans. It’s not even in the way I act, love, or work.

My worth is summed up in one word – surrender.

But not surrender like, “I give up, my kids are driving me crazy!”

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“I’ve had it, I’m never doing laundry again!”

But surrender as in, “I submit my entire will, desire, and life to the control of Almighty God.”

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3b

I love the way Psalm 23:3 paints a clear description of surrender. It looks something like this:

1. It’s not about me. It’s about “He”.

HE leads me in the paths of righteousness.

2. It’s not about success. It’s about surrender.

He LEADS. Success comes in the surrender.

3. It’s not about other people. It’s personal.

He leads ME.

4. It’s not about what I want. It’s about where He is.

He leads me in the PATHS of RIGHTEOUSNESS.

5. It’s not for my gain. It’s for His glory.

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for HIS NAME’S SAKE.

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Although I would love to sit content in my own success, I’m learning real success comes only through sincere surrender. My worth fights to be won through my mothering, my working, my doing, but I’m learning real value is only found in a soul that is willing to submit everything.

It’s hard to be led, when you always want to lead, and it’s difficult to feel value in the simplicity of being a follower. But as I wrestle with this idea of walking the paths of righteousness, I am beginning to realize the true worth of surrender.

When I walk with the Shepherd, I realize I am nothing. Not in a worthless way, in a magnificent way. I quickly understand the value of His glory and the place where it resides. It’s not in my doing, producing, and conquering that I succeed and work for God.

It’s in my personal, private walks down the paths of righteousness that I find a success like I’ve never known before. It’s full of glory that no one sees. It’s full of grace that no one else hears. There’s a place of quiet rest there and I long to go back again and again. The only struggle I face there is the battle of my own sin, and even that is forgiven and cast into the sea.

If you are like me and allow pride into the daily grind, consider the option of surrender. It’s truly one of the most majestic experiences of the Christian life. Let’s walk the path with the Shepherd.

What does surrender mean to you?

What else about Psalm 23 speaks to your heart? I always love to hear your thoughts!

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Love & Blessings,

Micah

More of God’s Presence: Week 4 – Restoration

Welcome to Week 4 of the series More of God’s Presence. We are walking through Psalm 23 shedding light on the intricate details of God’s Presence. I hope you will join us on this journey and embrace God’s Presence like never before! If you missed the other posts in this series, you can find them here:

Week 1 – I Shall Not Want
Week 2 – He Makes Me
Week 3 – Still Waters

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Week 4: RESTORATION

I yearned for calmness, rest, and repair as if it would never come. If I could fix the situations in my life, then I would be able to move beyond this rugged road I was walking. With every step, there was more brokenness, pain, baggage, and dirt that was being stirred up only to linger in the footsteps of my path.

There are times when the broken places of life seem like they will never be repaired. Some situations that we endure leave lasting imprints, scars, and memories that we would rather forget.

I wanted to be free! I wanted to feel renewed and to rest in the sweet assurance of peace, but the anxiety that filled my soul grew stronger and seemed to cause destruction in my mind and the deepest places of my heart.

When you go through a trial or a season of many trials, your heart longs for repair. I know some may cringe when I say, God is able, but it’s true. He is the only restoration for a weary soul.

You cannot restore something that isn’t broken, damaged, or in need of repair. If life was perfect there would be no need for restoration.

As I rest in the restoration process, I am learning more about what restoration truly requires and why some of us receive it and others do not.

Restoration Requires:

1. Knowledge of my need.

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

If I avoid my need for God, I will never be able to receive restoration. When life takes you to a place where you have no where else to turn, you quickly realize you have a need greater than anything this world offers. The need to be restored, repaired, and loved. God is the only thing you need.

2. Submission to the Shepherd.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

If I want peace in my life, I must be willing to submit to God’s power. If I avoid the idea or the concrete fact that God is all-powerful and all-knowing, I am forfeiting the peace that I desperately desire.

3. The power of God’s peace.

He leads me beside still waters.

I must follow where God leads me. There is no peace without God. When life is completely overwhelming, I must admit that I need more than what I am capable of producing. I do not bring peace to myself. God produces peace in my life by His power alone. If I begin to follow my own way, I will be frustrated, tired and feel very alone. The power of God’s peace is essential for restoration.

4. Acceptance of the restoration process.

He restores my soul.

When I realize that my broken, hurting places of life are capable of being repaired, my mind can hardly fathom the reality of it. When I begin to accept my need for God, and I submit to Him and His peace, I begin to experience the amazing restoration that can only be found in God’s presence.

The key to restoration is in the “He” of this passage. He – the Shepherd – Jesus – He restores. He gives restoration to the most broken, the most shattered, the most angry, the most hurt. He is able to restore your soul, but you must embrace the process.

Do you recognize your need for God?
Are you ready to submit to the Shepherd?
Are you eager to embrace God’s peace?
Are you willing to accept His restoration?

No matter what you have faced in this life, God is able to repair the most scarred, the most broken. He restores my soul!

What about you?

If you are longing for restoration, today is the day. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

Love & Blessings,

Micah

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