Encouragement for Discouragement

Ever been discouraged? During a time of discouragement recently, God reminded me of some important truths. These are the whispers of encouragement He impressed me to write and remember. In times of discouragement, I hope they encourage you, too:


Words of Encouragement from the Bible

And here are the biblical words of encouragement–the Scripture promises in God’s Word I found to affirm those truths. God truly gave me encouragement through them.

Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete. 2 Corinthians 1:20-22, MSG

“You didn’t choose me! I chose you! I appointed you to go and produce lovely fruit always, so that no matter what you ask for from the Father, using my name, he will give it to you. John 15:16, TLB

Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” For it is not those who commend themselves that are approved, but those whom the Lord commends. 2 Corinthians 10:17-18, NRSV

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Psalm 23:5 NASB

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5, NLT

How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7, NLT

Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. Ephesians 2:8-10, MSG

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, NIV

Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. Psalm 89:8, NIV

My Personal Prayer for You

Lord Jesus, You are truly amazing! Thank you for Your faithfulness, love, and grace. Thank you for the encouragement you give us daily from Your Word. Bless those who are discouraged today. Lift their heads, their hearts, and their spirits. Meet every need. Drive away doubt, fear, loneliness, and inadequacy. And replace them with Your encouragement, Lord. You are enough!

Day-votedly Yours,


It’s Your Turn

What words of encouragement encourage you? How has God encouraged you in times of discouragement? Please share with me your thoughts below!

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16 Responses to “Encouragement for Discouragement”

  1. Chipo on July 23rd, 2014 3:16 am

    I will lift up mine ey es unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

    He restoreth my soul, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

    The Lord is my helper. He is always present in every situation I go through. Thanks Rebecca for your words of encouragement.

  2. rose on July 23rd, 2014 7:21 am

    thank you for your words of encouragment , my marriage is in need of prayer , we are so lost .he is so full o f hate and doubt and hurt andi am so fullof resentment , and filled with anger towards all taht has happened. please pray for us and thru allof this your words of encouragement have put me at peace

  3. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on July 23rd, 2014 9:25 am

    Chipo, thanks for those powerful verses!

  4. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on July 23rd, 2014 9:27 am

    Rose, thanks for having the courage to stop by and share this need. You and your marriage will be in our prayers. Even when you hit a wall, God can bring you through to victory. Don’t let go of him or of each other.

  5. Kris Brown on August 6th, 2014 6:10 am

    Great word of encouragement and fortitude for facing seemingly endless changes as well as challenges. Same Faithful God equips me for the challenge.

  6. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on August 6th, 2014 2:07 pm

    Yes, He does, Kris!

  7. Pamela on September 6th, 2014 9:09 pm

    I am an encourager. I think I encourage others too much. They get used to it and forget to encourage me. I guess they think I don’t need it. God has been a great encouragement to me. Many times the only encouragement in very challenging circumstances that lasted many years.

  8. Kelly on February 6th, 2015 2:34 am

    Thank You God for your many blessings I love you so very much. Today I am coming to you and asking that you believe in me and whys I am here for enough to grant my Miracle. My family is broken and it’s all my fault. God I am asking you for your forgiveness as well. Our Story is as follows. The house we we’re renting tore us apart not sure out there who believes in evil possession but I believe there are black clouds as I call them around us everywhere. Unfortunately I have had many and am beginning to think if it wasn’t for bad luck I would have none at all. But when I look at the children God gave me I believe that miracles are real and indeed come true! My daughter tried taking her life twice last year. I got to watch her die. The staff was I believe unaware of my presence in the room at the Hospital. My daughter had taken some pills in hopes they would take her life. I got to watch her wail around like a fish out of water for several minutes then she turned AS BLUE AS A SMURF THAT IS NO LIE! The staff called out over the PA System : Pediatric Cardiac Arrest and in several minutes later she lye still in the bed. It was at that moment I was escorted out of the room. Left standing there in disbelief from what I had just witnessed my daughter died right before my eyes!!! My God what a Nightmare it was! That started the downward SPIRIL for our family. Prior to this happening our Land Lord had died. His brother took over or so we thought. Come to find he did not want to be a Land Lord like his brother and was only interested in selling told us we needed to get out. We had No Where to go! At that time our family consisted of my husband and I, our son Eric & our daughter Abigail along with our furry four legged family members and some with scales 2 a Large Dogs, 3 Nice sized cats, a Healthy Rabbit a 58 Gallon Fish Tank and a Hamster. Upon finding this terrible news that we needed to get out still not over my daughters suicide attempt her lifeless body I had to witness right before my eyes the Funeral of our Land Lord. Which by the way I had fallen in love with was now dead and gone he was not coming back like my daughter. Honestly it couldn’t have been love it had to be something else. There is just no way I mean it had only been 2 years that we knew this kind gentlemen. I can’t explain till this day why word of his death brought this horrible pain in my heart and once alone I just couldn’t stop the tears from falling and till this day I find myself crying still. We had to surrender our pets to the animal shelter. My son almost DID NOT GRADUATE WITH HIS CLASS because of what his sister had done upset him so he wasn’t the same afterword and being his Senior year not to mention the poor kid was working to get his Eagle for Scouts something he starred 14 years ago fell behind in his school work but even with everything he had going on never missed a day at Robecks where he was employed. I had just lost my 3 jobs and things we going down hell and fast. My husband despises he doesn’t want to be married anymore was NEVER A REAL FATHER TO BEGIN WITH NOR WAS HE A GOOD HUSBAND. So he just left us! All of us Pets and all! So there I was a whole house to move with no where to go no one would take our pets like our previous Land Lord. Not to mention I had OUTSTANDING UTILITY BILLS IN MY NAME! With no jobs at the time and no money! I started counseling only to find out that I was a battered women who unbenounced to me had been verbally and emotionally as well as monitaraly abused for 23 years while married. I was diagnosed with C-PTSD. The C I was told stands for Complex since I was abused from a very young age. I forgot to mention there was an incident one night at the house we were renting. This is how I know evil had made its presence known. My brother having way too much to drink one night stopped by the house at 4:15 I will never forget the night yet at the same time it’s all a blur of the HELLISH NIGHTMARE THAT IS WITH ME TILL THIS VERY DAY! I had told my husband to just let him in he’s drunk and just needs to sleep it off. Big Mistake HUGE!! Upon entering our home his eyes turned BLACK and he BEAT THE HELL OUT OF ME

  9. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on February 7th, 2015 11:59 am

    Kelly, thanks for sharing your story. My heart goes out to you for all that you have been through. You will indeed be in our prayers that you will come to experience God’s deep love, forgiveness, love, freedom, and peace.

  10. peter on March 22nd, 2016 8:50 pm

    My brother and his wife’s marriage is in need of prayer , they have separated and are so lost .She is so full of hate and doubt and hurt and he is so full of resentment , and filled with anger towards all that has happened. please pray for them and help them to put this behind and start anew. i pray daily for them to reconcile

  11. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on March 26th, 2016 9:47 am

    Peter, your family will be in our prayers.

  12. thara on July 22nd, 2016 5:38 am

    i need to experience god i want to talk to god to help in getting back my love my he is my strength,my courage my weeknees my life my smile without him iam fish out of the pond .I have lost everything which i thought its mine and i have lost them at the end of the decision time where i thought iam marrying him in another three months .i need help from god to get love of my life back in my life with his family blessing .His family is separating us because of some astrological predictions and some god’s words that they have got in temple saying that if he marry me we will get divorced for this reason alone his family members have fixed his wedding with some other girl whom he is not at all interested and he don’t even need her in his dreams we both are suffering and struggling from last two months what do we do i love him to the soul of my heart and i cant imagine my world without him for a minute .My day begins with him end with him tell me what do i do ….. cant stay with out him ,but please do say that i need to forget him if so is the case its like me leaving dead

  13. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on July 26th, 2016 3:06 pm

    Thara, God has promised us wisdom and to give us direction for the future when we trust in the Lord with all our hearts (Proverbs 3:5-6). Stay close to Jesus, and make Him the Lord of your life. He will never, ever leave you or forsake you. Jesus loves you more than you can possibly know and will show you His best plan for your life. When you accept Him as Your Lord and Savior, the One who died for you and was resurrected the third day, and give Him your life, He will be your peace and help you combat the fear that wants to overwhelm you at times. No matter what the future holds, He holds the future.

  14. Mike.A on September 24th, 2016 7:40 am

    Life is more than what any one can think. God is the owner of our life, he know every thing about us since the begining of creation.
    There are things we cannot give to our self, no one have the ability to give to us but God is able to give us all things at his will. Puting your trust in the lord will help you for so many things in this world. What God created for us is beyond our imagination, with him all things are posible. He knows the right way for you, Jesus is lord

  15. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on October 4th, 2016 5:32 pm

    So true, Mike. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Bill Greguska on November 28th, 2016 10:30 pm

    If you follow the saying, “Do onto others as you would want them to do to you.” If you live by that code, you will be well on your way. In trying to help lift someone up even if you are struggling, you will discover that it is like putting cologne on someone, you can not help to get some on yourself.

    Often people dwell too much on their problems and troubles which only makes their problems bigger! Be thankful for what you have, even to be able to acknowledge that whatever you are going through, you will get through it in God’s time. Do not let yourself dwell on negative things, because they will drag you down to a place you do not want to be. In trying to encourage others even if you are feeling a little below par yourself, you will reap a benefit that does not necessarily make sense, but you will find out to be true!

    I was inspired, and I wanted to pay it forward to others. Between the years 2005-07, while going through a separation and a divorce, I decided to start this website, and I decided to call it http://www.NeedEncouragement.com.

    My Pastor Ron and his wife Sue Sauer encouraged me a lot, and all they wanted me to do was to encourage other the way God has comforted and encouraged me as it says in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. That is what I have been working at doing since 2007. I found a better way of living that has worked for me because I choose to have faith and to trust God. You can find the same results if you trust God like I did. ~ Bill Greguska

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