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June 7, 2023

“Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted and defied the armies of the living God.” 1 Samuel 17:36 (AMP)

When was the last time you found yourself struggling emotionally or mentally? God’s Word offers several ways to help us through.

One major antidote is to remember the faithfulness of God. David used this skill when he faced Goliath. David must have felt a moment of dread leading up to taking on the giant. But he started recalling and declaring his successes over previous enemies. Then he ran out onto the battlefield and took out Goliath.

Replaying our former victories does something powerful to us on the inside. Any time you’re headed toward exhaustion, think about times that God has helped you through in the past. Replay miracles that have happened in your family and how God faithfully walked you through rough patches in your marriage or during your teenage years. You’ll be amazed at how it positively affects your heart and mind.

Another tactic is to get connected to encouragers. Don’t stay by yourself. There are times I know I need to get out with a good friend for coffee. Or I might suggest to my wife that we invite some friends or family over for supper and some board games. Positive, encouraging relationships are crucial to getting through wearying times.

That’s why belonging to a good church family is so valuable to our mental and emotional health. Getting involved and volunteering will also help you draw strength from the rest of God’s family and keep you going.

Which of these ideas can you put into practice today?

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