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4 Sources of Discouragement & 3 Sources of Encouragement

4 Sources of Discouragement & 3 Sources of Encouragement

Looking at sources for encouragement and discouragement I came up with more sources of discouragement! No wonder it can be so hard to stay encouraged. It definitely takes being intentional.

4 Sources of Discouragement

For me discouragement comes from four sources; Satan, the world, others, and myself.

Satan discourages me with:

  • Lies
  • Accusations
  • Temptation to worry or try to be in control
  • Reminders of my past

The world uses discouraging voices of:

  • Comparison
  • Judgement

Other people discourage me if:

  • They don’t respond the way I wanted them to
  • I don’t feel understood by them
  • We value relationship differently
  • When they try to give me their problems as if they are mine own

I discourage myself by:

  • I agree with any of these other voices
  • Forget it’s about progress not perfection
  • I think my value from people’s approval
  • My identity is in what I can do and do well

I don’t set out to discourage myself. It’s a bad habit I’m replacing with building myself up in the Lord. With all those sources trying to discourage me I have some choices to make.

Who will I listen to? Which side will I be on?

4 Sources of Discouragement & 3 Sources of Encouragement3 Sources of encouragement

No mater how many voices there are I am responsible for my attitude, for my mind-set. I can choose encouragement. I find encouragement when I am intentional about tuning out the voices of discouragement and tuning in the sources of encouragement: God, others, and myself.

God encourages me in these ways:

  • Revealing Himself in Scripture
  • Speaking truth to my heart
  • Through other people

Other people encourage me by:

  • Reminding me who I am, that they believe in me
  • Smiling
  • Listening
  • Offering practical support: meals, dishes, childcare

I encourage myself by:

  • Remembering what God has said
  • Remembering the encouragement of others
  • Singing songs of truth
  • Worshiping
  • Reading scripture
  • Speaking truth out loud
  • Praying
  • Creating something to remind me: a sketch, a painting, a journal entry

What source of discouragement do you find yourself listening to?

How do you encourage yourself?

During a quiet time God gave me this idea for directing my thoughts for the day. In the morning I write out my day with the acronym FATHER.

Read the other posts:

For some examples read 6 Ways to Direct Your Thoughts

Christian, Wife, Mother, and Author loving life in Alaska.

2 thoughts on “4 Sources of Discouragement & 3 Sources of Encouragement

  1. So good Mukkove!

    1. Thank you, Rachel! You are an encouragement 🙂

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