Discouraged

by adustyframe ~ May 16th, 2007

Lee is horribly discouraged. I went to visit him tonight and he was not doing well.

He spent a lot of the time angry. Not at me but the situation. Some of it in tears.

I feel sad that I can’t DO anything for him.

Pray of course! If you think of him please pray with me.

I’m praying for God to give him peace in his heart. Joy of the Lord. Contentment with his circumstances.

He told me on Sunday that all this discouragement/depression started right after he prayed for his parole officer.

He said he prayed for her to be saved. That is a big heart change for him.

All this discouragement shortly after  his willingness to pray for his parole officer smacks of the devil if you ask me.

Please pray for me too. I want to speak to Lee in words of wisdom, not just snapping at him to “knock it off” or not taking his concerns seriously.

I also feel so helpless to comfort him.

Thank you.

Lizzie

9 Thoughts Shared to Discouraged

  1. Liza

    Spiritual Warfare is a real thing. It’s good that Lee “recognized” when the depression and discouragement started. He could very well be right. Keep on praying – it’s one of our best weapon against this warfare.

    Maybe Lee will enjoy reading the fiction “This Present Darkness” by Frank Peretti

  2. Jodi

    I am praying this morning.

  3. Ame

    sounds like he’s working through the emotions built up toward this person … that’s a good thing, a really good thing … and that he felt free in his heart and spirit to work through them WITH you and not try to do it all by himself – that’s HUGE!!!!!!!

    when we begin praying for our enemies we discover truths about ourselves. our prayers allow God to turn the soil and ready and prepare it for His planting … very painful … but SO worth the beauty from that which will germinate, grow and bloom from the seed planted by the hand of Almighty God!

    Dear God, thank You for drawing Lee unto You!!! Thank You for wooing him unto You and for not giving up on him!!!!!!! Lord, You are working on Lee’s heart and soul in the very depths where it is dark and painful, and he doesn’t like it – no one ever does – and it’s making him angry and depressed and frustrated. Lord, don’t give up on him; guide him through; keep working Your work with Your Hands in the dark places of Lee’s life. Transform these dark places into fertile soil into which You can plant seeds of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, joyfulness and self control. We SO want this kind of fruit flowing from us, but we do NOT ever want to prepare the soil. Give Lee a supernatural endurance as You prepare the soil of his heart and soul. Open his eyes so he may see You; open his ears so he may hear You. You have amazing plans for Lee, and he is right where You want him to be to accomplish Your work for Your Kingdom to bring You all the glory and praise and honor … open Lee’s eyes to see that. For that which this parole officer meant for harm, You have always meant for good … how beautiful and awesome is that! Yet, what a hard, hard, hard truth to swallow … to accept the pain inflicted by another as something You meant for good. Also, Lord, as Lee looks at the harm this person did to him, it opens his eyes more to the harm he has done to others … and that REALLY hurts, is VERY painful, and is incredibly humbling. How undeserving we are of Your mercy and grace and forgiveness, Lord; yet we must receive that which we KNOW we do not deserve … VERY difficult. Lee has so much You’re working him through … and You are Sovereign … You have Lee in the palm of Your hand … You have tucked him under Your wing … You are creating and developing him into the man You created and designed him to be before the foundation of the world. It hurts, but it is going to be SO GLORIOUS!!! Fill Lizzie with wisdom, discernment, discretion and deep love for her husband, Lord. May she know that she, too, is in the palm of Your hand and sheltered under Your protective wing with her James. You are good, Sovereign, Holy, loving God, and I SO love You!!!!!!! Ame

  4. katrina

    Hey, girl, I didn’t know you were going through all this until a week ago. Bekah let me know. It’s been good to know how to pray for you. I’ve been praying for you and your family every day since I found out. My church in Colorado has a ministry to recovering drug and alcohol abusers. It’s nothing like what you are going through, but it gives me a new perspective on those I always believed were the “unloveables” in life. My outlook has changed so much in the past several years. I don’t look down on anything that has happened to your family. I love you and am praying that you all with have the strength to get through this together. Katrina

  5. adustyframe

    Hi Trina–thanks for your kind words! I have to tell you it’s still not easy for me to tell people that I already know about this. I appreciate your prayers soooooo much!

    Ame, when you leave a prayer for us you always make me cry! Thank you for your thoughts too. I didn’t even think about this being his processing his anger toward her–thanks for putting a positive spin on it for me:)

    Jodi and Liza, I appreciate your prayers so much too!

  6. Kathy F.

    I came across a quote yesterday that lifted me up immeasurably. Here it is:
    Thomas Brooks said: “Consider Christian, that all your: trials and troubles, calamities and miseries, crosses and losses, which you meet with in this world are all the hell that you shall ever have!” What wonderful divine truth that is! As the scriptures declare: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

    Maybe this would help Lee in this time of the valley. It has certainly helped me!!

  7. Maureen

    Praying for you and Lee!

  8. Ame

    Lizzie … it’s all about God, isn’t it 🙂 I am simply a vessel. Thank You, God, that You have chosen to use me as Your vessel to touch the lives of others, to touch Lizzie’s life. I give You all the praise and glory and honor! I love You, God, Ame

  9. adustyframe

    Kathy, that is a beautiful quote! I’m going to copy it to send to Lee!
    Thanks for sharing it.

    Maureen, thank you!

    Ame–God is so good to use us.!

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