Journal Entry by Grant Schofield

S – Scripture: Psalm 119:25 - Passion Translation
Lord, I’m fading away. I’m discouraged and lying in the dust; revive me by your word, just like you promised you would.

O - Observation
We all face low points in our lives. Some seasons are harder to traverse than others, yet this scripture highlights a choice that we have to make. Do we allow the trials to overwhelm us, do we give up hope? No, we revive our mind, spirit and heart by the word. All throughout scripture we have the promises of God. Promises that he will renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31), that he will fight for you (Exodus 14:4), and he takes us by the hand so we don’t have to fear (Isaiah 41:13).

A - Application
This is the hard part. My initial response when I face trials is not to reflect on the word of God. His promises aren’t the first things to come flooding into my thoughts at the onset of discouragement. But what I know is even when it’s not my first response, I know He’s there. Calling me, reminding me of scriptures I’ve planted in my heart, bringing back to remembrance the times He’s proven Himself faithful in the past. He’s a God who never leaves us nor forsakes us. He’s a God who loves us and is for us and He’s a God that will continually be your strength, strong tower and comforter.

P - Prayer
Father, allow me to train my thoughts to seek you first in times of discouragement. Quicken my patterns to be guided by you and allow my focus to be fixed on you when trials come, knowing you will help me through every situation that comes my way. Amen.