One way to stay encouraged: an encouragement drawer!

Everyone goes through ups and downs in life. Sometimes we feel like we’re on a mountain top, looking around in seeing that everything is going right. However, there’s also times when we feel like we are in the lowest of the lows, the valleys, and in those times it seems like nothing can go right!

We can all identify with both perspectives in various degrees, but for now I’d like to speak to the second situation, the valleys of life. No one is immune from being down about our circumstances. When we look at Scripture, we can see many examples of God’s people getting discouraged about things going on around them. Elijah is one example that comes to mind, when he felt as if no one was following God and instead was following the false god, Baal. The Apostle Paul at one point in his ministry was deserted by everyone, and in spite of all of the work that he had done, he felt as if he had almost no one that he could turn to for support in time of need (see 2 Timothy). The point is, that no matter how you serve the Lord, He has called you to ministry. However, sometimes ministry and life’s struggles can be discouraging. So how do we stay encouraged and focused on the Lord?

Of course, we know the need to be in the Word and in prayer. Here’s an additional help: as a pastor, I got some good advice from a member a few years ago to keep an encouragement drawer. An encouragement drawer is just that- a place to store notes, cards, drawings, and other forms of encouragement from some of God’s people. When I get down or discouraged, I open up my encouragement drawer and remind myself that first, God is always with me, and second, God’s people love and appreciate me. Having an encouragement drawer is a visual reminder of the love that God has for me.

Today, my drawer has encouragement from people who have served together with me over the years. Some of these people are now with the Lord. Others have moved away to other places. But one thing is sure, their encouragement still lives on today. Fellow Christian and especially pastors, let me wholeheartedly urge you to you get an encouragement drawer. I pray that it will help you as God has allowed it to help me!

Romans 15:5-6, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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2 thoughts on “One way to stay encouraged: an encouragement drawer!”

  1. Fran – this reminds me of an old song by Tracy Dartt – God on the Mountain

    words and music by Tracy G. Dartt
    website: http://www.darttmusic.com/

    Life is easy when you’re up on the mountain
    And you’ve got peace of mind like you’ve never known.
    But then things change and you’re down in the valley.
    Don’t lose faith for you’re never alone.

    For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.
    When things go wrong, He’ll make it right.
    And the God of the good times
    is still God in the bad times.
    The God of the day is still God in the night.

    You talk of faith when you’re up on the mountain.
    Oh but the talk comes easy when life’s at its best.
    But it’s down in the valley of trials and temptation
    That’s when faith is really put to the test.

    For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.
    When things go wrong, He’ll make it right.
    And the God of the good times
    is still God in the bad times.
    The God of the day is still God in the night.

    For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.
    When things go wrong, He’ll make it right.
    And the God of the good times
    is still God in the badtimes.
    The God of the day is still God in the night.
    The God of the day is still God in the night.

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