Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Anti-Discouragement Serum

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus,
on whom our faith depends from start to finish.
- Hebrews 12:2a NLT -

In an effort to smoothly re-acclimate our son to the routine of the school year, I started doing Mother-Son Bible Reading time every morning at 8:00.  We have an amazing resource called The Child Training Bible that breaks the Bible down into topics that are common to kids.  It teaches kids to use the Bible in a way that makes sense for them. 

I let my son choose the topic that he wanted to learn more about, and then he highlighted the verses about it.  I explained to him that we were going to use the verses as a First Aid Kit for life.  The first day, he chose "Discouraged."  Honestly, I was pretty surprised - I expected him to pick something more obvious like "Fear" or "Fighting."  But by the end of the process, I realized it was a God-led choice that was meant to speak to BOTH of us. 

"Discouraged" had eight different passages - or medicines - that we read together.  As I listened to my son read Bible truth to me and discussed with him how these words might help heal discouragement, I felt like God was sitting in our kitchen with us.  Every one of those verses built me up and gave me courage that I haven't felt in years!  Together, they relayed a message of hope and strength that I am sure is more potent than anything the pharmaceutical world can offer.  Here is our translation of God's Anti-Discouragement Serum.

My help comes from THE LORD,
(Psalm 121:1-2)

His very own Son stands up for us. 
(John 14:1)

We should not be sad about our weaknesses,
because God is what make us strong. 
(2 Corinthians 12:9)

And don't give up doing good.
God promises we will be rewarded - in HIS time.
(Galatians 6:9)

Forget the failures of yesterday by focusing on God's promises.
We live like we are running a race to win - the prize is an eternity without any struggles. 
(Philippians 3:13b-14)

Stand FIRM and; hold TIGHT
not to the failures but to the TRUTH.
He will hold our hearts and give us strength! 
(2 Thessalonians 2:15-17)

Take strength and courage in being a soldier of Christ. 
(2 Timothy 2:3)

Throw away everything except for
Let every one of my discouraging moments become
moments to thank Him for His discouraging moments. 
(Hebrews 12:1-4)

I have never been more moved by time with my son than I was after studying God's medicine for discouragement.  Those words changed me and gave me strength I never knew before - and I saw a difference in him, as well.  His eyes and voice carried a confidence that was new and strong.  The entire experience melted me and gave me hope that the struggles in this life will NOT overcome us.  Today, my son and I thanked God together for discouragement and God's medicine for it.
Pray: Dear Lord, Thank you for giving me a way to rejoice with my son for all the frustrations of this life, the fears of the upcoming school year, and the battles lost.  Thank you for being the strength in our weakness and the hope that keeps us pressing on.  Amen.

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