I don't know exactly what to post today…there have been many days that have passed since I last wrote SOMETHING for this blog. To say that I've been "discouraged", would be an understatement. I've had to spend some time over the past weeks discerning the difference between discouragement and despair.
The difference is becoming clearer to me…despair is more of a debilitating emotion that can often accompany discouragement. It is a feeling that can extract and defeat. Discouragement is more of cry of the heart that proclaims, "give me a reason, any reason, to take the next step". It has not been an emotion as much as it has been an experience that has led to a longing…a longing for hope, for support and ENcouragement.
Nehemiah. 6:9 For all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking, “They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands.
God is strengthening me…I read, ponder the truth of the scripture…read some more…think deeply about how God's Spirit is holding me during a time of waiting that seems to be lasting an eternity. Voices that have strengthened me have been plentiful…knowing that there are those who have stood with us in the gambit of these days has brought light in times when darkness could be proclaiming victory.
Trust me friends…the battle isn't over…but there is ENcouragement that is coming our way…I have not given completely into despair…I'm holding on to promises, love, hope, and to the only means of security that a person can have in a time of wandering in the wilderness – that being the true and ever-present, ever-ENcouraging God.