Discouragement

Discouragement comes to everyone.
You have many things, yet the more you have,
the more problems occur.
To live simply may relieve anxiety concerning things.
Tomorrow they may all be gone.
I believe you recognize your treasures need to
be here where I live,
yet, you trouble yourself with trivial concerns.
Live today as though you only have today.
Count your blessings.
Think of others.
Generally, this is an antidote for feelings of discouragement.

 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 7:19-21 (NLT)

 As many of you know, my husband received the diagnosis of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease twenty years ago and was given only one to three years to live. He wanted to travel and in order to do so we sold our house and most of our possessions. We put some treasured items into storage and fit everything else into our fifth wheel. Actually living in a small place is a freeing sensation and we both enjoyed it.

After ten years of God-given health we decided we would also purchase a condo, thinking there may be a time when he will have to stop driving. Upon taking our few belongings out of storage, the above scripture was clearly demonstrated. Most of them had deteriorated.

This day, I found myself discouraged over trivial concerns such as buying more “stuff”. I believe God is telling me to live simply and be more focused on other people who want friendship and may become interested in heavenly things. There is joy in talking to those people I meet on my daily walks. There are many others who may need an encouraging phone call or a prayer. I also have many blessings to count.

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About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called listeningtohear.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to Discouragement

  1. Bob Hunter says:

    “Upon taking our few belongings out of storage, the above scripture was clearly demonstrated. Most of them had deteriorated…. This day, I found myself discouraged over trivial concerns such as buying more ‘stuff’.” I certainly can understand your being discouraged.

    “I believe God is telling me to live simply and be more focused on other people who want friendship and may become interested in heavenly things.” That may be so, but I still offer you best wishes in buying “stuff” to replace what deteriorated.

    “There is joy in talking to those people I meet on my daily walks. There are many others who may need an encouraging phone call or a prayer.” May God continue to bless you, Rose, as you encourage people you meet on your daily walks and in other places, including listeningtohear.

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