Be Encouraged


By:  Wanda Fielder

   Most generally I am a happy person and find pleasure in a myriad of church and social activities or simply sitting in a comfortable reading corner in my home engrossed in an interesting book. It doesn’t take much to bring a feeling of contentment. Life has an abundance to offer with magnificent sights to see, dear friends and family, church activities and more. I have been blessed with the most wonderful family who bring amazing joy to my husband and me. Along with two wonderful sons and their lovely wives, we have three beautiful grandchildren who light up our lives. You will often hear me refer to them with joy. We have also been fortunate to share friendships with some remarkable people who greatly enhance our life journey.

Life also jolts us along the way with unexpected sickness, unwanted trauma, financial difficulties and various undesired experiences. It is during these occasions that we tend to lean on our family or our friends to bring encouragement to our darkened days. I have occasionally experienced times like this during my lifetime.

However, there are times that the darkness, fear, or anxiety is overwhelming, and it seems that beloved friends and family just aren’t enough. Although their love is heartfelt, somehow the loneliness or emptiness still exists. What is the answer?

We look to God’s Word, of course! I love the story found in I Samuel 30:6. “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”

David was fearful for his very life and was not finding help in the people surrounding him as they too were grieved and looking out only for themselves. The Amalekites had invaded his city, plundered and burned the city and taken loved ones captive. But David encouraged himself! How? In the Lord! There is a great lesson to be learned right here. The way to encourage yourself in the Lord is to remind yourself of what God has already done for you. If He did it once, He can do it again. Or take a look at the testimony of someone else. Faith cometh by hearing. Listen to the amazing things God has already proven. Because David chose to be encouraged in the Lord, he received his destiny of becoming king.


Here are some valid approaches to encouraging yourself in the Lord:

  • Pray
• Read the Word – especially the Psalms
• Play Christian music
• Speak positively to yourself refusing negative thoughts
• Attend church and participate in worship

It can be a tendency during times of discouragement to neglect these important aspects, but I can tell you from experience – these work! Your situation is not unique as the Bible informs us there is nothing new under the sun. God is not surprised at your dilemma.

Be encouraged! Your destiny and perhaps your family’s destiny rests upon it! I love how it is worded in Isaiah 41:13, “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not, I will help thee.”




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