by Shelli Lott

“Therefore encourage one another

and build each other up,  just as in fact you are doing.” 

- 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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I once heard a preacher say, “Disappointment is inevitable; discouragement is a choice.”


When we struggle with strongholds or addictions in our lives, we usually walk a path marked by some success, a bit of stumbling, and inevitable disappointment. When we reach disappointment, the path forks.


In one direction is discouragement, which takes us backward to where we started. In the other direction is perseverance, which is also marked by success, stumbling, and disappointment, but this path ultimately leads to freedom.

God, who knows our weakness, intends for us to help each other along difficult paths. As Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, our Father wants us to encourage the disheartened and help the weak. We can do this with fellowship, prayer, love, and support. It’s a beautiful thing when God’s people do this for each other.