..fear not, neither be discouraged.
Many of our favorite hymns tell us what to do when discouraged. One old
standby by Johnson Oatman advises: "When you are discouraged, thinking
all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by one."
Another asks, "Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come?
"We should rather remember that "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He
watches me." The beloved hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," gives
us sound advice in saying we should "never be discouraged" over a burden,
for we can "take it to the Lord in prayer." The spiritual, "There Is a
Balm in Gilead" says: "Sometimes I feel discouraged, and think my work's
in vain, and then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again." So if you're
discouraged today, remember that a moment in the presence of our Lord can
change your attitude. Count your blessings. Realize you're more valuable
than the sparrows. Take it to the Lord in prayer, and let the Holy Spirit
revive your soul again. Do not fear or be discouraged.
I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free. For His eye is on the
sparrow, and I know He watches me.
Civilla D. Martin (Copied from Turning Point)