Stay motivated in tough times when you feel overwhelmed using prayer and self care.

Stay Motivated In Tough Times By:  

  • Developing a Faith Mindset
  • Praying continuously.
  • Nurturing yourself through self care.
  • Staying balanced.
  • Meditating on scripture to build up your faith.

  • Growing your relationship with God, the Holy Spirit, and the Son.

I. Remembering that tough times are only temporary seasons can help you stay motivated in tough times

To every thing there is a season. Stay motivated in tough times by keeping this thought at the forefront of your mind, "This too shall pass".

Tough times are temporary. Thankfully, every season ends. God established it that way. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

During difficult seasons we gain strength and learn to persevere. Cursing the season you are in will only make you feel worse.The best way to deal with a difficult season is to ask yourself what you can learn from it.

It’s not easy to do if you are hurting, but it is a more positive way to approach matters that will guarantee you success even in a tough season.

What you learn in tough times can be used in many ways to bless your personal life journey. Your hard times become testimonies.Testimonies help others.

They build your faith and also serve as witnesses to God’s power to bring you out of trouble.

Stay motivated in tough times with affirmations and positive self talk.

God promises to deliver His children. “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;” Psalm 34:19.

Anne Bradstreet said, "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

People tend to love spring and summer because of the beautiful warm sun and the colorful scenic views in nature.

Truthfully, there is just as much beauty in the fall and winter as there is in summer, you just have to look in different places than you do in the warmer climates.

It may not be time for the season to change, it just may be time for you to find something beautiful in the season that you are in.  You have to look in a different place.

Don’t look directly at the problem, look at what the problem is growing inside you: strength, character, perseverance, patience, and faith. All of those things are beautiful and help your self confidence growth mindset.

Doing this will help you get though the darkest seasons in life.

Inspirational Verse:
Romans 8:28 -And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

PRAYER
Dear Lord, I will praise you in every season. I trust that you have something beautiful in store for me. Help me to learn life’s lessons with an open mind and heart.

II. Stay Motivated In Tough Times By Learning To Let Go Of What No Longer Serves Your Highest and Best Good

Seasons birth beautiful blessings. While you are in the season, it may hurt terribly, but as we said before, find the beauty.

Stay motivated in tough times by focusing on the blessing that will be birthed from the season.

The birth of a child often brings a season of joy and laughter, but not before there is a season of labor and pain.

The pain is quite evident in the midst of the labor, but once the child is born and the mother is stable, joy fills the heart and the pain is forgotten.

Even the most difficult birth experience can end with a beautiful blessing.

Your season of pain is birthing a beautiful blessing for you. You are praying prayers in this season that you may not have otherwise prayed.

Inspirational Verse:

John 16:21-22 "Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world."

"Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you."

God has heard your cry and He is answering those prayers. In the right season, you will birth a beautiful blessing that you have prayed for.

When your blessing is birthed, you will not remember the pain. The pain will be nothing compared to the beautiful blessing that is birthed before your eyes.

Joy will fill your heart and you will be able to do nothing but praise God.

Give God the glory for the beautiful blessing He is birthing in your season of pain.

At the appointed time, your cries of pain will be replaced by a rejoicing heart and no one will be able to take that joy from you.

III. Stay Motivated In Tough Times By Remaining Calm In The Midst of Life's Storms

Feeling overwhelmed and anxious about a season will only bring you heartache and make you feel like God has left you, but He has not.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” -Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

Inspirational Verse:

Habakkuk 2:3 -"For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.”

PRAYER

Dear Lord, I want to have peace in this tough time. I pray for your peace that passes all understanding.

I lean to your understanding and I trust you. I know this season is temporary and my season of rejoicing is near.

Seasons of evil and injustice can make you frustrated. It seems like people are getting away with things and justice will never be served. If this injustice is directed at you or someone you love, it can be all the more infuriating.

God is not shortsighted, he always knows the big picture. Every season under His control serves a purpose in the long run. Don’t lose heart. If God has promised justice, that justice will come at a time that is perfect.

The season will surely come. Try to believe in yourself a little more and not to lose hope or start complaining, "when God?" Or why is this taking so long God? Trust God when you don’t understand. It looks like the season has the upper hand on you, but in the end it will be you who is victorious.

Be patient and you will see a move of God that changes the difficult season into a favorable one.

IV. Sow Seeds of Love To Stay Motivated In Tough Times

Stay motivated in tough times knowing that there is a time to reap and a time to sow and the harvest you pray for determines which seeds to plant.

Seems obvious, but we sow complaints, frustration, anger and resentment, and then pray for a harvest of joy, peace, love, and abundance.

Every day is an opportunity to sow good seeds. Sometimes, though, we sow the opposite of what we want. For example you want a better marriage, but you’ve been telling the guys about “the old ball and chain”.

Or you want your husband to help out around the house but you’ve been telling your friends, “He’s such a bum”. This is negative self talk.

You can start right now sowing in the right direction. Sowing good seeds and kind deeds will help you stay motivated in tough times. Even reading this is sowing a seed toward your spiritual growth that will produce a bountiful harvest in your spiritual life.

"...Stay motivated in tough times with inspirational quotes and bible verses..."

Inspirational Quote

“Every season has an end~ for a harvest to begin. Embrace the process!” ― Prophetess Dina Rolle

Let God take care of how the seeds grow and when they will produce. Our role is to sow and have faith that, in the right time, the seed will grow.

Be sure that you know the right seeds to sow for your harvest. You can forecast your season, by sowing the following faithful actions:

Take action toward what you are praying for. If you are praying for a job, take the steps, in faith, to apply for jobs and submit your resumes.

If you want a wife or husband, take the steps, in faith, to become the type of mate that you are praying for. If you want to become an entrepreneur, take steps, in faith, to gain wisdom about what is involved with that particular field.

Spiritual seeds, in conjunction with faithful action, produces a harvest in season. These behaviors and actions are seeds that will grow.

In the event, after sowing, you end up in an unexpected tough season, don’t stop believing. That season will grow something in you spiritually that will bless in you in the season you are believing for.

All of your praying and seeking God will give you power to get through tough times so that you can walk in your season of greatness surefooted and confidence.

V. Commit to feeling better every day

To stay motivated in tough times, you have to commit to staying positive and optimistic. In God’s eyes every season is one that can be used for our growth and learning. You can walk tall in every season- good or bad.

One of the best ways to do this is by meditating on a scripture that speaks to walking through difficult season. One of the greatest, I know, is the 23rd Psalm of David:

1) The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

2) He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,

3) He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

4) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, [a]I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
     your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;
     my cup overflows.

6) Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of   the Lord forever.

Inspirational Scripture

Psalm 28:7- The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Even when you walk in the darkest season and it seems impossible to stay motivated in tough times, fear no evil. God is with you. We can struggle with the hard seasons of life, or we can trust God and let him lead us into peaceful seasons of green pastures and quiet waters.

He knows how to help you experience peace that passes understanding even in hard seasons.

The Lord will refresh your soul and guide you on the right path, for it pleases Him. Our Lord wants us to experience each season of life with rejoicing.

It is much easier on us when we follow His lead.
Your darkest season is no match for God.

How can I feel better now?

  • PRAY

The first thing you can do to feel better is say a simple prayer. Use the words Jesus prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane, “Father not my will, but thine be done.”

There is a sense of submission in this prayer. You relinquish control and give it back to the almighty where it should be.

Studies have been done on the efficacy of prayer and they have shown that people who consistently pray have a better quality of life.

  • BREATHE

The second thing you can do to feel better now is breathe deeply. Inhale deeply through your nose, filling your belly and then exhale through your mouth- three seconds in, four seconds out.

Repeat this several times. Breathing deeply releases stress and tension and increases oxygen your blood.

  • DANCE

Thirdly, you can feel better now by taking a walk. If this is an option for you, get up and move around. Walk, go to the gym, jump rope, or dance like David danced.

Do something to move your body so that you increase endorphins, the chemicals in the body that improves mood.

  • REFOCUS

Fourth, listen or read something inspirational. Bible verse mediation, mantras, faith confessions, sermons on YouTube.

Fill your mind with something other than the problem.

  • "For as long as life is in me, and the breath of God is in my nostrils," -Job 27:3
  • Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
  • "And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod".-Samuel 6:14

Inspired Scripture Verse:"You need to persevere, so that after you have done God's will, you will receive what He has promised." Hebrews 10:36


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