Medicine For Discouragement

I have never…

… faced 450 leaders of an opposing religion solo (1 Kings 18:22).

… called down fire from heaven (1 Kings 18:37).

… prayed for rain until I saw storm clouds gather (1 Kings 18:42).

… run 25 miles…a marathon runner I am not (1 Kings 18:46).

… had a queen threaten my life (1 Kings 19:2).

But I have experienced discouragement like Elijah and said, “I have had enough, Lord!” (1 Kings 19:4).

After a day of dealing with cranky family members, a demanding boss or an unsatisfied husband…after a day of raging hormones, vehicle problems and burnt, tasteless food…after a day of discouragement and disappointment in myself more than anyone or anything else… I can shout with Elijah, “I have had enough, Lord.”

If I will follow the Lord’s medicine for discouragement and disenchantment given to Elijah in chapter 19 of 1 Kings, I should be able to regain control of my emotions and myself:

Get enough sleep. Ever notice how a short fuse is directly related to a short night’s sleep? Sometimes restless nights cannot be help, but as much as you are able it is important to get a good night’s sleep (1 Kings 19:5).

Eat and drink healthy on a regular basis. Ten finger licks of fried chicken along with your favorite cheesecake and a soft drink do not a healthy meal make. Foods high in protein and low in fat and sugar will give you the strength you will need for the stress and strain of the day (1 Kings 19:6).

Spend quiet time with the Lord. No matter how busy you are time alone with the Lord will provide the stability and peace to catch and handle whatever life throws your way (1 Kings 19:12).

Go! There is much to be accomplished. If you can make rules one through three a priority, number four usually takes care of itself (1 Kings 19:15).

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