4 Antidotes for Discouragement

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Antidotes for Discouragement

Part of the SMORE mission is to offer encouragement-sort of the opposite of discouragement. I heard a message recently from Psalms 42 that included several points for overcoming discouragement. I will share just a portion of it with you.

I know that some of you read this from other countries. It is amazing to me how universal the emotions of single mothers are. We share similar emotions-and discouragements.

First Cultivate a thirst for God. (v.1-2) Ask yourself-Am I yearning for the best source of nourishment for me?

Second-Let the tears flow. (v. 3) Sadness is not a bad thing as our world so often pretends. There is a time to weep.

Third-Enjoy happy memories. (v.4) Allow yourself the good memories. Acknowledge there will be happy days ahead.

Fourth-Keep hope alive. (v.5) Praise even when you don’t feel like it. Fill your home and your car with positive uplifting music.

I send love to all today. I know it may not be a grand day for all of you. I want you to know you are held in prayer and gentle loving care as you go through this time in your life.



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Gail holds a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. She married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. She was an educator in regular and special education for eighteen years, finishing her professional career as a Braille teacher. In 2007 She founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, & Empowered. She is a Women’s Transition Coach and her stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines.

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