Don’t let discouragement rob your joy. I’m not kidding. If you are discouraged, then it may seem that you are already robbed of joy, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Keep one hand in the Lord’s and you’ll get through it.
The hard part of keeping your joy in the middle of a rough patch is actually taking the steps that you know you need to take to keep from going under. Listen to praise music. Maybe that’s all it takes. Call a friend who will lift you up. Not everyone is good to talk to when you’re down. Some people like it there and you don’t need that. Do what you have to do to find your joy.
Once you give into depression and despair, you’ve opened the door to a lot a negative feelings that will be hard to displace later on. God understands discouragement, so He’s always there with us. Just remember that. Call out to Him. He’s very encouraging and know exactly what will cheer you up.
When you can face a discouraging situation and keep your joy, you shatter the attack of the enemy to take you down. Joy is in the Spirit of God, so it’s always yours. Keep it close and you’ll be fine.