“The most wonderful time of the year!” This well-worn phrase describes what we’re all conditioned to expect out of the holiday season. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case for everyone.
The Holidays can be a discouraging time for some because they tend to amplify feelings which otherwise tend to remain dormant: we see our shortcomings more plainly, compare ourselves to family members who appear to have it all together, or are reminded of past traumas and wounds that feel reopened as everyone else celebrates.
Defeating Discouragement is a new series that addresses the types of discouragement we deal with, and explores scriptures that teach us how God provides a path out.
I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
Psalm 40:1-2 NLT
Russ, Nathan and Cameron kick-off this series discussing what it means to humble ourselves by choosing God as our way out. The crew starts by giving us a few categories of discouragement to help us identify where we’re at ourselves :
Emotional Discouragement – the day to day obstacles, difficulties, and disappointments
Seasonal Discouragement – discouraging memories surfaced by specific time of year
Situational Discouragement – moments of relationship rejection, personal failure, or missed opportunities
Chronic Discouragement – a constant state of mental and emotional discouragement