Sunday, January 29, 2017

Top Ten Things I Tell Myself When I’m Discouraged...

Whether we are talking about marriage, parenting, homeschooling, friendships, family or work, we always need to be encouraging. Encouragement often involves commending a person for something he or she did well. We can also be encouraging by reassuring others that they have good qualities or by speaking “consolingly to those who are depressed.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

However, more often than not, it is we ourselves that have the need for encouragement. Discouragement is something we all face daily. Sometimes, the encouragement we need may not be readily forthcoming. People who should know better may belittle or berate us. I myself, have been a victim of such comments quite often, particularly with the business we are in as the owners of Ministry Ideaz.

However, here are some of the ‘little things’ I try to tell myself each day. I try to let these scriptures affect my daily life: my attitude, my heart condition, my thought processes:

1. Feel Joy

Nehemiah 8:10
“The joy of Jehovah is your stronghold”

2. This too shall pass

2 Corinthians 4:18
“The things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting.”

3. Think before you speak

James 1:19
“Be quick to listen, slow to speak”

4. Jehovah loves me

Romans 8:38, 39
“I am convinced that ... [no] creation will be able to separate us from God’s love.”

5. Jehovah is here with me

Isaiah 40:10
“I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.”

6. I do not have to worry

Matthew 6:34
“So never be anxious about the next day.”

7. Patience is love

1 Corinthians 13:4
“Love is patient”

8. I can trust Jehovah’s purpose

Jeremiah 29:11
“‘I well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you,’ declares Jehovah, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope.’”

9. Hope in Jehovah

Psalm 27:14
“Hope in Jehovah; Be courageous and strong of heart. Yes, hope in Jehovah.”

10. Keep doing good

Galatians 6:9, 10
“Let us not give up in doing what is fine, [...] let us work what is good toward all.”

I hope this list of texts helps you as much as it helps me. Keeping God’s Word at the forefront of my day goes a long way in helping me stay focused on His loving care rather than the pulls of this life and the stinging words of others. A Watchtower article article that I’ve never forgotten is entitled “You are Precious in God’s Eyes!” (see the April 1st, 1995 Watchtower) If you ever suffer from negative feelings, please re-read this article from over 20 years ago! Here is a beautiful quote from that magazine:

“If life in this system has taught you to see yourself as an obstacle too daunting even for God’s immense love to surmount, or your good works as too insignificant even for his all-seeing eyes to notice, or your sins as too vast even for the death of his precious Son to cover, you have been taught a lie. Reject such lies with all the repugnance that they deserve!” April 1st, 1995 Watchtower, page 15, paragraph 21

Taking the time to apply the above verses is challenging, time-involved, but oh, so worth it!... and a bonus, because this is the promise that will bring us through any life struggle…

11. With God ALL Things Are Possible

Matthew 19:26
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Let’s all try to being as encouraging as possible! Do you have any more you can add to this list? Please let me know in the comments below! 


  1. Thank you very good reminders and scriptures! I also love: Is. 30:18 "Jehovah is waiting patiently to show you favor" , I think the Sovereign of the Universe is Patiently Waiting for anything??How beautiful that he is lovingly patiently waiting to show us favor -- and that we can in turn patiently wait for the time to come when his name will be fully vindicated and that favor will come in waves of peace and joy on this beautiful earth!

  2. Thank you for those wonderful reminders and scriptures!! Yes, sometimes we can be our own worst enemies; and the friends, although they mean well, don't always express themselves in an encouraging way. We cannot let Satan win!! :) Thank you!! Keep on keeping on!! :) This blog/article made my day!!

  3. Thank you for the encouragement. Jehovah answered my prayers by your blog. Really needed the reminders.

  4. Thank you so much. This is just what I needed to concentrate on today. How often we need these reminders. May Jehovah continue to bless you in your assignment.

  5. Thank you for the encouragement. Today was a particularly bad day for me. Now I'm inspired to begin my own list.

  6. Ephesians 3:20&21--"Now to the one who can, according to his power that is operating in us, do more than superabundantly beyond all the things we ask or conceive, to him be the glory by means of the congregation & by means of Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." Love the talk on this from the Annual Meeting from 2016. I have memorized these scriptures, & use them daily in prayer to Jehovah. He can & will do everything for us, & he deserves praise for this.��

  7. This was great.. I definely passed it on to some of the sisters in a texting group of mine. Thank you for the encouragement.

  8. I just copied this into my notebook. The Sister battling negative emotions as portrayed at the 2016 convention had one.

  9. Loved the encouragement found here. Thank you for those loving reminders from Jehovah.

  10. Brilliant! Thankyou so much for your encouragement, "May your peace become like a river"

  11. This was so beautiful, considerate & timely. Thank you for encouraging us. It warms my heart. As Philippians 2:3,4 says: "Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility consider others superior to you, as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others."

  12. Thanks for your scriptures. Today, I just started a list of scriptures for when I'm depressed: 1 Peter chapter 4; Psalm chapter 102; Romans chapter 12 and the book of Ephesians.

  13. Matthew 6:34
    “So never be anxious about the next day.”
    Just what I needed to be reminded of... thank you.

  14. After the last couple of days 2 deaths of people very close to me. This was Jehovah cradling me in his arms. I have not read this blog before but did today for some reason and it was exactly what I needed to read thank you I will use these scriptures today to give and receive comfort.

  15. Dear brothers, These words of comfort are perfect words indeed. We have many brothers in prison in Korea, I have written a copy and sent them to these brothers. I thank you once again for helping me find the right scriptures to send on. Warmest Christian Love, Julie Connor

  16. It took a lot of time & effort to put this together for your friends. Jehovah loves you and we love you for showing us the same love. Your Facebook page and Ministry Ideaz business are innovative, creative, positive, and has Jehovah's backing. Remember, your business is not different from any other Witness owned printing & supply company that furthers the interest of Jehovah's Kingdom. The same miserable murmurers will miss it 1st, they should show appreciation & not murmur.

  17. Thank you so very much for the encouraging, kind, words, I needed this was feeling alittle down. Love Sister

  18. Jehovah is the personification of beauty and love in the superlative sense and once you really get to know him you never want to let Him go. He will always pick you up and soothe your anxious moments and calm your heart with his words of wisdom amd promises of better things to come.

  19. I enjoyed the encouraging scriptures we all need to give and feel encouraged. This world will swallow us up so having reminders from Jehovah is good for us. May Our Heavenly Father continue to bless all of you dear friends.

  20. Thank you for the reminders. One of my go to scriptures is 1 John 3:19,20,22. "By this we shall know that we originate with the truth, and we shall assure our hearts before him as regards whatever our hearts may condemn us in, because God is greater than our hearts and knows all things. And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we are observing his commandments and are doing the things that are pleasing in his eyes." These verses especially comfort me when I am doubting myself.

  21. Thank you for the Encouragement, we all are going thru Trialsome times,ButI always think about our Brothers and Sisters in other Countries in what they are going,Persercution,the Preaching is Ban war torn Countries,we should Pray for them each and every day and no doubt they are Praying for us as well that we remain Firm in the Faith and that JEHOVAH will make us STRONG