Today I will be alert to the suffocating, draining toll of discouragement: that its presence in our lives is to be expected, but not feared; that its grip may be tenacious but not all powerful; and that if we are not able to break its grip ourselves, God can and in unexpected ways. And so, when faced with discouragement, I will resist the temptation to bulldoze my way through it, or seek thunderous signs from heaven, but to wait for God’s message, sometimes delivered in a still, small voice and in profoundly simple ways.

“There are things that are calculated to depress, things that are of the nature of death; and in taking an estimate of yourself, always take into account the capacity for depression.” Chambers 
1 Kings 19:5 

Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”

Today I will lay my discouragement on God’s altar.