Have you ever had one of those seasons in life when nothing turns out the way you thought it would? You've prayed, you've confessed every good thing and maintained positive thoughts and still... nothing! I can find myself surrounded by discouragement many days.
I went back to read this story of David in 1 Samuel. He came back from doing what God gifted him to do only to find his home burned down and his family kidnapped. Imagine expecting a home cooked meal and some great companionship only to find ashes and devastation. And what did David do?
He encouraged himself in the Lord. You cannot always depend on other people. The boss may not have a positive word for you. Your family may not know how to approach you. So you and I need to know how to pick ourselves up and get back on our feet! We need to learn the art of self-encouragement. Talk to yourself. When is the last time you looked in the mirror in the morning at yourself and said "you look marvelous!" It may sound silly but you need to tell you that you are awesome! Even if you are the only one saying it!! In fact I would encourage you today with this: anytime someone says something discouraging or damaging to you, quietly say something positive to yourself and push out that negative remark!
David's way was a bit more spiritual:) David gained some hope by talking to God about all that was happening. And then he put some movement behind his thoughts.
Life does not always hand us our expected result. We can all go through a season of dryness where the rain of blessing ceases. I don't know what God is up to in my life all the time but I still know that He has EVERYthing in control. So I encourage myself with that! Pick yourself up and start talking to the Lord again. And don't forget to talk to yourself too! Now, go after your dream with relentless pursuit! Just as David did, you will recover ALL!