Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Life Lessons - Discouragement

UPDATE: Kristen Barkdull is the winner of last week's giveaway. Kristen, please send your mailing address to so that I can send you the signed copy of A Confident Heart.  

Are you feeling discouraged today? Maybe someone or a certain situation has failed to meet your expectations. Maybe life just isn't turning out the way you had planned.

I understand and that's why I'm launching my new video series with a short clip about Discouragement. We all experience it and when life throws us a heavy punch, we can be left feeling heavy-hearted, lonely and completely frustrated. Can you relate? 

I hope you enjoy the video and that it encourages you today! Be sure to leave a comment so that you're eligible for my giveaway. I have a SIGNED copy of Renee Swope's book, A Confident Heart that someone is going to win. Maybe that someone will be YOU!!

Well, it looks like the video cut off the last few seconds of my comments but no worries, you didn't miss anything real important.

Now for our action steps:

1. Log onto and read today's Encouragement for Today devotional.

2. Encourage someone else today! When we pour words of encouragement into others, it will also encourage us.

3. Sign up for today's giveaway by leaving a comment below. I'd love to know what you thoughts about the video. And, I'd love for you to share one thing that you do when discouragement comes your way.

Today's giveaway: a signed copy of A Confident Heart by Renee Swope, I'll announce the winner on Monday.


  1. Thank you Leah! I really needed to hear this today :)

    ~Leah ;)

  2. Patti Androes EstopinalOctober 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Good morning Leah, I really enjoyed your video this morning and look forward to next weeks.Thank you for sharing my beautiful friend, inside and out. :-)

  3. dec25_kelly@yahoo.comOctober 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Thank you Leah, I love the part where you say that in the middle of discourage is the word courage. You cannot be discouraged without having courage and we should focus on that courage and ignore the dis. I am going to replace that with en so then I can be encouraged and I can encourage others and no longer feel discouraged.

  4. Loved it!!! Especially all of the verse references! Can't wait to hear from you next week.

  5. Thank you all for the sweet comments of encouragement!

    I'm so glad y'all enjoyed the video and hopefully you've been able to apply one of the truths I shared if you've faced something that was discouraging today.

    Please check back on Monday! I'll be announcing the winner to my giveaway.

    Cyber hugs,

  6. Hey sweet friend. Great job! This is a much needed message, and I'm sure many will be blessed by it!

  7. When I am feeling discouraged, I try (key word TRY) to think about all the blessings I have in my life. It does not sound like much but focusing on the positives can really help! Also, I just started a gratitude journal which I will also look back upon when I become discouraged!

  8. wow ...this could have been more apropos today.....I wasn't looking for this just kind of stumbled upon it and it was just what I needed to hear today.Usually when I get discouraged I listen to some serious awesome worship music and I close my eyes and think about Jesus and what HE went through for us measly humans...really tends to put things in perspective for and my heart will make a u-turn...back on track again so to speak:)But today feels hopeless for some reason I can not break through this fog...feels like I am under attack in a weird quiet kind of way.Just extremely heartsick.

  9. Leah, Thank you for the encouragement you have given me today. I have take the verse you gave and have put them where I can see them daily. I hope to encourage others as you have me.

  10. Thank you Leah for your words of encouragement. I also read the daily devotional from . It really is a blessing! You helped me to see that I need to trust God with all my heart and to have the courage to take the next step in my life. I will be going through alot of changes in the next few weeks like quitting my job and moving 1000 miles to be with my daughter who is expecting my 1st grandchild in 5 weeks. This has been something God has been dealing with me about for some time now and I kept making excuses why I couldn't do it. It is difficult to let go and let God take care of everything, but it is time to and I feel His peace about it. Please keep my daughter Larissa and I (Cindy) in your prayers. Thanks again Leah you are such a blessing!

  11. Thank you, Leah, for taking the time to share such wisdom with us. I have been struggling, and for some reason, forgot about the verse that says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart." I'm so glad you reminded me of this important truth!

  12. Kristen,
    I love your idea of a gratitude journal!

    Writing down what we are thankful for is a great way to remind us of God's faithfulness in the past, which can encourage and build our faith while we're walking through some tough circumstances.

    In stead of a gratitude journal, I fall asleep praying gratitude prayers. Same idea but I just don't write them down. I've discovered that when I pray gratitude prayers at the end of each day, I sleep great and wake up feeling so peaceful in the morning.

  13. Thank you for taking the time to leave such great comments!

    Your words certainly have encouraged me and I'm praying for each of you by name today. I'm asking God to fill you with His courage as you step out in faith.

    I'm praying that He will replace your discouragement with His joy and that you will have a sense of great peace, even if you're circumstances are still the same today as they were yesterday.

    God has many wonderful plans in store for your future! Trust Him as you take one step of faith at a time.


  14. I was so blessed by the revelation in your message, especially where you speak of courage as a choice, we can choose to be courageous in the midst of discouraging circumstances. God's word tells us not only to be strong, but to be courageous as well. My husband and I were called into ministry, and shortly after he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer which has now spread to his lungs. We have been in a 5 yr battle now, knowing that the God we serve is Sovereign. I thank God that this morning the Lord led me to your site, I know God wanted to remind me to choose courage, no matter how long the battle rages! God bless you Leah, and thanks for encouraging me today


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