Depressed, Discouraged, Exhausted?

 

Elijah was known as the weary warrior and the weeping Prophet. Of all the giants he had to face, the giants of exhaustion, depression and discouragement plagued him. He worked very hard for the Lord and then had to flee for his life into the desert. From the state of exhaustion he then collapsed filled with depression and discouragement. He asked the Lord to take him. He was ready to die. He felt like he was all alone, that he was the only one left not worshiping Baal the false god. It was then God sent His Angel to feed him, to strengthen and comfort him so he could go on to finish his work for the Lord.

 

Other followers also suffered moments of depression and discouragement. These are seen as a normal part of life in a fallen world. There will be times when we are tempted to be discouraged, to despair or even give up.

 

Jeremiah the Prophet cursed the day of his own birth (Jeremiah 20:14). Job spent much time in the book of Job regretting the day he was born (Job 3).

 

It is good that we as believers have hope in God and He is always with us fighting for us even when we have given up on ourselves. He will never leave us.

 

After months of grieving and mourning the loss of my son Zachary Hawkins who died at 35 years old. I earnestly prayed to the Lord that He would help me. I didn’t think I could go on anymore. After about 8 months I finally told the Lord to either take me or take this grief from me. I told Him I couldn’t grieve and mourn anymore. I could not live like this. I couldn’t breakdown in public anymore, at church, in a store. I asked Him to take it from me. I prayed, Lord if You aren’t going to take me, then take the pain, grief and the despair from me. Well instead of taking me He gave me the strength to go on just like He did for Elijah, Jeremiah and Job. He did a new thing in me. He healed me on the inside. He healed my broken heart, He bound up all my wounds. I am here today telling you, He will do it for you too, just ask Him. I pray healing, healing, healing, restoration for you today in the Name of Jesus.

 

When God’s children think they can’t take anymore, when God takes you to the edge, to the brink, God will do a work in you and will give you whatever you need to keep on running this race until time to come home to Him.

 

I’m convinced that I had to ask Him to take the hurt and the pain away, before He would do it. When I had all I could take of it, the Lord took it away, but not until I asked Him to. That doesn’t mean I don’t shed tears missing Zack, I do. But it does mean I am no longer a slave to grief, despair, depression and hurting. I had gone to the edge, to the brink and the Lord held on to me. Like one drowning, I cried out to Jesus and He lifted me up. He had more for me to do on earth. Not my time……..yet. Glory’s just around the corner.

 

Colossians 1:11 We pray that you will have the strength to stick it out over the long haul-not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy.

 

My Mom and Granny days aren’t over yet. I love my children and grandchildren. They are a gift from God. I still have lots to say about Jesus to all of them. My life is lived serving the Lord and loving my children and grandchildren.

 

God wants to lift us out of the mire of brokenness, loss, desperation and sin. So the next time you get discouraged, depressed, exhausted or are in despair, feel like quitting or giving up, remember Elijah, Jeremiah and Job.

 

God sometimes will bring people to the end of themselves, by allowing them to experience their own brokenness and their own inability to make their lives work. He humbles them so they can see they need Him.

 

When the weight of this world gets too heavy turn your thoughts from it. Go to the secret place and focus your thoughts on Jesus. No matter what life throws at us we have a Savior who takes care of us. He will comfort, strengthen and restore us. He will heal us on the inside from whatever is troubling us.

 

I know we still have more to do or we wouldn’t be here. We need to share His Word with as many people as possible. That is our job our mission while on this earth. I will continue to do my part and you have to as well. He isn’t going to ask us to do more than He designed us to handle. If He takes you to it, He will get you through it.

 

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.

 

We are going to spend eternity with Him. All this stuff in this earth is temporary and personally I will be glad when Jesus comes and gets us followers of Jesus and, the Holy Spirit’s going too. The earth will be tragically different when this happens. When God and all His people leave this world the light goes out and only darkness remains.

 

If you don’t know Jesus, accept Him as your Lord and Savior. No one has ever regretted it.

 

A prayer for you:

 

Lord I ask that You will shield Your children from depression, despair, discouragement, anxious thoughts and fearful imaginations. Lord give us Your strength to carry on. Remove strongholds from our minds and place Your thoughts there. Remind us that You are our strength and shield. Restore our souls Lord. Renew our hearts and refresh our minds so we can soar on the wings of the eagles, no matter what’s going on around us. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

 

Glory is just around the corner!

 

God bless. Heal the brokenhearted, bind up all their wounds.