Just like Elijah, believers get discouraged and feel undone. These 4 quick bits of inspiration will help you keep going, even if the best you can do is to practice not quitting! Encouragement, Scripture quotes, and biblical wisdom to help the Christian warrior hold on for one more day in God's army.

Encouragement to HOLD ON when you feel undone

Just like Elijah, believers get discouraged and feel undone. These 4 quick bits of inspiration will help you keep going, even if the best you can do is to practice not quitting! Encouragement, Scripture quotes, and biblical wisdom to help the Christian warrior hold on for one more day in God's army.Early that morning I prayed, “Lord, I need encouragement today. Would you please send someone?”

Cricket. Cricket.

So around noon, I asked again. “Jesus, I’m really struggling. I don’t know why, but it’s getting hard to hold back these tears. I could really use some affirmation.”

Silence.

It went on like that all day. And by the time night fell, there was no holding back the tears.

Overwhelmed, exhausted, and undone.
It felt like I was the only one in the world.

I knew it wasn’t true. But truth was no match for the tears.

We all have days like that. In the end, God used my down day to remind me of what I’m doing here in this itty bitty corner of the world. I often write the posts that I needed to read at some point in my life. Posts that affirm that life is hard, but it is never without hope.

This one may or may not be one of those.

Perfectly UNPerfect Encouragement

I listened to a podcast that highlighted some marketing trends in our culture. One of them is “Unperfection.” (No, that’s not a typo ~ that’s the actual word they are using. Kind of appropriate, don’t you think?)

It’s the idea that we love things that show human vulnerability and are not completely perfect. Brands are striving to be more human and less polished.

Well, you just got the vulnerable human thing.
So here’s the rest of a very UNperfect, UNpolished post with four random pieces of encouragement I hope resonate with you. Sometimes you don’t need the shiny, polished words. You need the raw thoughts that match your undone heart.

1. Sometimes the best you can do is practice not quitting

We quote Dory from Finding Nemo in our home often. I know it’s not the most challenging biblical wisdom, but “Just keep swimming” gets the job done. Sometimes it can’t be perfect. In fact, often it can’t be perfect.

Sometimes the best we can do is to practice not quitting.

Maybe there’s something in your life that you’re not going to be able to master right now.
Maybe you need to be ok with practicing not quitting.
If you practice not quitting today, you can work on baby steps forward tomorrow.

Here’s some actual biblical wisdom. Consider this: the apostle Paul’s famous “press on” inspired truth begins with saying, “I don’t have it all together.”
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” (Phil. 3:12)

2. You can either come apart and rest or you can come apart at the seams

This is based on Jesus’ invitation to his disciples recorded in Mark 6:31.

Sometimes our problems stem from exhaustion when we tackle too many projects at once. We were made for rest. And if we don’t get it? Well, we will come apart.

What about you?
Where do you need to carve out time for the things that are foundational?
Your body, mind, and soul are not machines.

Sometimes the best you can do is to simply practice not quitting

3. Hopelessness is deception

1 Kings 19 records Elijah’s meltdown.

After the victory on Mount Carmel, Queen Jezebel declared him a walking deadman. Instead of reacting with strength — like you would expect a prophet who had just put 850 prophets in their place — Elijah ran for his life.

He went into the wilderness and asked God to let him die. We get further insight into his state of mind and complete despair in 1 Kings 19:14. He told God that he was the only one left and indicated he failed to see that anything good had come in Israel from his zealous efforts for the Lord.

After God took care of Elijah’s physical needs, he gave him the gift of Himself. Both His presence and His perspective.
God had reserved 7,000 in Israel for himself. And He still had a job for Elijah in His plan. (1 Kings 19:15-18)

Part of Elijah’s problem could be summed up in his loss of perspective.

He lost sight of the bigger picture
when he started listening to a smaller ruler.

How often that is the problem for us. Can I get a witness?

When the enemy starts whispering, if I start listening, it won’t be long before I believe that all is lost. And here’s another thing:

Once I start to listen to the enemy,
I begin to underestimate the impact of my obedience.

And once I begin to think that I don’t matter, I’m headed down a rabbit hole.

What about you? Who have you been listening to lately? Is there a voice that needs to be silenced?

Whatever you have been called to do for the Lord matters. It matters. Don’t let the enemy steal your joy or silence your testimony.

4. Encouragers need encouragement

Those with the mission of encouragement need to be reminded of what a difference you make. Because often, you aren’t going to hear it from those you are trying to encourage. It’s part of being broken ~ those broken usually have a broken response system as well. And they may not do the best job of letting you know how much your efforts mean.

You are on the front lines, but there are no medals in this battle. You may need a fresh supply of encouragement yourself. I wrote something just for you: Dear Encourager ~ 3 things we want you to know.

And if you are gifted at encouragement, may I remind you to keep an eye out for fellow soldiers on this battle front? Encourage your fellow encouragers as well as those who obviously need encouraged.

Life is hard. The battle rages fiercely. We need each other.

An UNperfect ending

Well, that’s it. My UNperfect post.
Vulnerable and a little random.
And certainly without a stellar ending.

Sometimes we need to let others see our “unperfection” so they know they aren’t alone. When we think it’s not supposed to be hard, it gets harder. And if we think we’re alone in the harder … well, that’s when it’s the hardest.

Dear friend, you are not alone. Practice not quitting. Place your eyes on the bigger ruler. Get some rest and take care of you. Be encouraged. Tomorrow is a new day!

 

P.S. Are you my email friend?

If you’re reading this, it’s quite possible you need encouragement. I have something that might help: my Scripture mini-guide, 6 Cries of the Heart. It comes with a link to a companion set of praise song playlists. It’s free for my email friends. Life is hard. Don’t do it alone.


Encouraging You as You Inspire others,

Christi
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  1. Meghan

    Thank you for this. I am a single foster mom- I just finished my first placement with twin 20 month olds. My phrases with them and myself were we will get through this together and just keep swimming. I always find Dory very encouraging. What’s even more amazing is that pre getting the twins- I decided that my kindergarten classroom would be Finding Dory themed. We use the just keep swimming phrase all the time, especially in times of wanting to give up. I am so thankful for this post as I have been waiting for my next call to help and it has been really hard to keep coming home to an empty and quiet home. The heartbreak of not having their smiling faces is tough, but I keep praying for patience and telling myself to just keep swimming. So thank you for these words today!

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      Christi

      We are kindred-Dory fans :) Love that!
      I’m so glad this offered you some measure of comfort and resolve to keep swimming, new friend.
      hang in there. one step at a time.

      Thank you for taking the time to encourage me!

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      Christi

      Well, as a fellow writer, you know what grace you just sent my way. That’s the reason we write, isn’t it? So someone else knows they aren’t alone.

      Thank you so much for letting me know. But if you needed that post, I pray for your encouragement and strength today as I hit send on this comment.

  2. Meg Gemelli

    Wow – REALLY needed your letter to the encourager. Those points are exactly the insecurities I have at times as a counselor/writer. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Encouragers are desperate for affirmation and a pick me up in our quiet places as well.

    But, I think you already know that;) So, kudos Christi and what wonderful life-giving words you’ve sent to my heart today. Thank you!!

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  3. Constance Ann Morrison

    I really like the first point: “Practice Not Quitting.” When I’m tempted to quit writing, drop a ministry, or give up on an individual, I need to remember your words.

    Your unperfect post is just fine, Christi! Keep on swimming!
    your neighbor at Jennifer’s link-up

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  4. Ally

    The smaller ruler… oh, how true! So often I measure my efforts by how many boxes are checked off my list, or how many readers I got that day, or how many payments were processed or registrations completed. Thanks for the reminder to look towards bigger!

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      Christi

      Yes, it is a rabbit hole we can quickly find ourselves farther down than we planned, isn’t it? Thank you for being here and for your encouraging words!

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