One of the best places to encourage yourself in God as a mother is from the Bible. The word of God can always be a source of comfort and hope especially when walking through difficult seasons in your life. Do you feel tired, worn out and clueless? The word of God can be a source of great encouragement to you today and always.
God’s Word Is Living and Active
Jesus himself spoke these words in John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” He told the people before him that the words that he spoke were not ordinary words. But that in those words were the life-giving spirit of God and the power to give life. Hebrews 4:12 NLT says this.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
God’s word is active and alive today even as it was thousands of years ago. It is living, effective and full of power and can be a great source of encouragement in times of despair and hopelessness. There is always a word from the bible to meet you in your time of need, despair and sorrow.
David Encouraged Himself in God
“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.” 1 Samuel 30:6 KJV
David and his men went off to battle and the Amalekites, longtime enemies of Israel came down and captured the women and children. They also looted the village and carried away everything of value, leaving behind nothing.
David and his men returned to meet everything in ruins – the women and children were nowhere to be found. He became greatly distressed. But, rather than just standing and staring at his situation, David chose to look beyond his present circumstances. He turned his focus on God because God’s word tells us this – David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
10 Great Ways to Encourage Yourself in God
1. Keep your focus on God.
While life’s challenges can leave you overwhelmed, you can choose whom you will keep your gaze on in the midst of the storm. Psalm 121 says : “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 12:1-2 KJV It always matters where your focus lies in difficult seasons of life. Keep your gaze on God.
2. Join a Christ centered community.
There is something about being in a community of godly mothers and sisters who desire growth and support for their spiritual and mothering journey. You get to learn, share and grow together through different seasons of life. Find a community of godly moms and sisters today to spur you on in your motherhood journey especially when you feel like giving up.
3. Speak life giving words.
The words we speak have the power of life and death. “Your words are so powerful that they will kill or give life, and the talkative person will reap the consequences.” Proverbs 18:21 TPT You are either speaking life or death in your everyday life. And you are either building up your faith or tearing it apart with your words. Choose to speak life giving words today.
4. Read encouraging scriptures.
God’s word is a soothing and healing balm. Within the pages of scriptures lies answers to life’s deepest questions. So, whenever you find yourself sinking into a deep hole, pick up your bible and find that one verse to encourage and keep you going. God’s word is medicine to your mind and body. Reading the bible is one great way to encourage yourself in God.
5. Pour out your heart in prayer to God.
Prayer is communication to God. You talk to God and listen to him speak back to you. Sometimes words may even fail you in those moments. Remember Hannah and how she poured out her heart to God in prayer – no words spoken, tears streaming from her eyes and groanings from a heart that had so much to say to her heavenly father. Take a moment right now and have a heart to heart talk with your heavenly father.
6. Start a gratitude journal.
Journaling gives you that opportunity to write down those words buried deep within your soul. Keeping a gratitude journal will help you put into words those things in your life that you are truly grateful for. Sometimes, it is so easy to forget how much God has done for us. Start today by writing three things that you are grateful for at the end of each day.
7. Read old prayer journal entries.
A prayer journal is another great tool to aid you in your spiritual journey. If you can’t say those prayers, then you can write them down in your journal. Imagine looking through past prayer journals to see all that the Lord has done for you and how many prayers have been answered. This will quicken your faith and keep you encouraged to keep moving.
8. Sit still and listen to God speak.
In solitude you can find strength to keep going. The world has more than enough distractions to keep us away from God’s presence. Sometimes, you have to slip away from the noise in the world to sit still and listen for the voice of God. And when God speaks, therein lies the power to walk through that discouragement and start afresh.
9. Worship God
True worship comes when you understand who God is to you. You can worship God with songs and with your physical posture lifting up holy hands to him in adoration. Worshiping God is one good way to encourage yourself in God. Remember also that God always inhabits the praises and worship of his children.
10. Listen to a sermon
Thankfully, the internet has broken down barriers of access to God’s word. Today, there are so many great sermons you can find online to meet a need in any area of your life. Are you sad, depressed or feeling alone as a mom? One of the ministers I look to whenever I feel discouraged is Joel Osteen. His sermons are full of wisdom nuggets to encourage you in God as you walk through your motherhood journey.
In what other ways have you encouraged yourself in God lately. I would love to hear from you.
“If you’re struggling today, remember that life is worth living and believe that the best is yet to come. Remember that you are loved, you matter, and never forget that there is always hope.”