I thank God for my mother who is a no nonsense woman of faith and will bring Heaven down on my behalf with all of its angels should I ever need it. I’m grateful for my father too, who never fails to give words of wisdom which helps to make sense of everything when they seem to go wrong. I have wonderful friends who are willing to lend an ear and offer comforting words to help in my time of emotional need. But what happens when these people who are usually there for me are out of reach? Who will encourage me then?

I have straight broken down a time or two after feeling like I had no one to lift me up. The only one there was me. So I had a choice: to plunge into distress, as I wait for a human savior to let me know it’s going to be alright, or to get it together and encourage myself. I chose the latter.

I appreciate the realness of the Bible stories. Those people were just like us and had some real issues. Like the time when David was being hunted down by Saul to kill him. David was running for his life, but rather than “lose it”, the Bible says “David encouraged himself in the Lord” (1 Samuel 30:6). Another example is when the time for Jesus to be crucified was near and He knew that his friends would all leave Him. Jesus said to them “But the time is coming when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me” (John 16:32). He remembered that God was with Him and in that moment was able to encourage himself.

Having someone to cheer you on and give a quick pep talk is definitely great. We need that every now and then. But should you ever find yourself by yourself when things are going south, know that the word is there, God is there, and you can encourage yourself out of any low you may be experiencing.  You can speak to your mountain and it will be moved.  Be encouraged today, and always.

By: Marie W.