It may seem like a strange title, but the more I have talked to God about it, the more I am convinced.
We have had our fair share of discouragement this week, not only in our own family, but also in those surrounding us. The battle of the mind and will, has been intense and as we have endured this may times before, we know we have to dig our heels in, praise God, and keep walking.
I won't go into details, but there has been discouragement, on quite a number of fronts. We have learned and are still learning that discouragement is a tool God allows to be used, in order to draw us back into His arms. It may not be that you have stepped out of them, but He just wants to draw you in all the more closer for a season. Discouragement is almost like a magnet in nature. Either it will draw you back to God and you will cleave to Him, or if the poles are reversed, you will be repelled and run in the opposite direction. I can look back now and thank God for times of discouragement, because in them we have learned not to run, but to embrace. So the reality is for us, that discouragement is a blessing. Because in reality we know there is no other place we want to be but in His arms, regardless of what is happening around us.
So instead of
giving up...we push on
withdrawing...we reach out