By Del Duduit
I hate it.
Just when I am supposed to feel good about circumstances in my life – boom – I am hit with feelings that are the opposite.
I can’t control them either, and that makes it more frustrating.
Over the past several months, some awesome events have taken place in my life. I am happy and grateful for them, and I appreciate my blessings.
This past weekend, I taught classes at the Ohio Christian Writers Conference and had a blast.
I met some awesome new friends and look forward to the fruits of newfound relationships.
New aspiring authors attended the workshops and told me that I encouraged them and provided “just what I was needing to hear” comments during my appointments.
I received some great feedback from Christina, Stephanie, Barbara, and Emily, just to name a few.
Then there were some old friends and colleagues such as Cody, Cyle, Hope and, of course, Coach.
I try to give back and encourage those who attend the conferences, the same way I was lifted up when I began my writing journey.
Yet deep down, I was discouraged. Those around me didn’t know it, and I wasn’t about to tell them. But it did wonders for me to hear them say how much I encouraged them.
What brings on these unwanted emotions?
I have tons to be thankful and grateful for. But, throughout the course of my day, I become disheartened.
The devil knows my weakness and punches me right where I’m vulnerable. I go down for a while, then climb back up. This is a continuous routine.
There are a few causes that contribute to this discouragement:
- Fatigue: I have been physically drained over the past few years. I don’t stop.
- Fear: What if I fail? I don’t like to let people down, although I do it often.
- Frustration: I need to learn to say “no.” I have obligated myself too much, and it’s taking its toll. But I like to stay busy.
- Failure: The devil whispers in my ear all the time that I should just give up.
A few days ago, I received an email from a person I do not know. A young man from Colorado described how reading one my books has provided the encouragement he searched for to begin his writing journey.
The email inspired me and came at just the right time.
He took the time to buy my book – Dugout Devotions: Inspirational Hits from MLB’s Best, and read it. Then he found my email address and sent me a note. I was touched because I felt like I had made a difference in his life, and that is an amazing feeling.
Just like there are causes for discouragement, there are ways to overcome:
- Rest: Take a break and make sure you get enough sleep. This is a priority for me.
- Regroup: Mix up your daily routine now and then. Throw the devil off course.
- Remember: You can ask God or your friends for help. I try to do things on my own, and I must go back to the basics.
- Refuse: Turn away from negative thoughts and the things that drag you down.
The Ohio conference encouraged prospective authors and writers and provided them with the necessary information they need to begin or continue their journey – and I was part of that.
But at the same time, it gave me the lift I needed.
That’s what writing does for me. It’s my therapy. I depend on the prayers and support from my friends and followers.
I am susceptible to these feelings like everyone else. I don’t like it, but I deal with it in my own unique way.
Last weekend’s conference gave me the inspiration I needed to continue this journey. I was re-energized by networking with new friends who told me that I inspired them.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even also ye do.
(I Thessalonians 5: 11)
Do you fight discouragement? How do you respond? Where do you find encouragement?
Do you find yourself discouraged often? You are not alone. But do your best to follow my tips and find comfort in God’s word.
If you have never attended a Christian Writers Conference, I would encourage you to find one and go. The next Serious Writer conference will be the North Carolina Christian Writers Conference on March 5-7, 2020, in Liberty, NC.
Del Duduit is an award-winning writer and author who lives in Lucasville, Ohio with his wife, Angie. They attend Rubyville Community Church. Follow his blog at delduduit.com/blog and his Twitter @delduduit. He is represented by Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency.
His latest book, First Down Devotions: Inspirations from NFL’s Best, can be purchased from New Hope Publishers here, or on Amazon here
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14 thoughts on “A Timely Encouragement”
I just returned from a much-needed getaway. As I read this post, I reflected on how accurate your words apply to my own life and the life of a friend I visited.
The grouping of the F’s and the R’s is succinctly brilliant! I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunities to pass this along to others who find themselves in the midst of life’s struggles. Thanks, Del!
Thanks Doug and I hope you had a great get away — saw some of the pics – 👊👊
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Del, you inspire and encourage so many. Thank you for this post and for your transparency and wise counsel. Yes, I struggle with discouragement—often. The war to write is brutal, but it is a worthy one. The devil wouldn’t waste his time harassing and oppressing us if we weren’t a threat to Hell.
I counter discouragement and lies with the truth of the Word of God and prayer. I am part of a support group of writers who pray for and set each other straight. I read encouraging words like yours. I overcome discouragement and writer’s doubt by encouraging others and by writing myself out of it.
Rachel — thanks so much for your encouragement— Del
I was having one of “those days” today, as a matter of fact. Boo!
Like you, I hate it. And like you, I turn to the word of God. I take those negative thoughts captive and exchange them for praise and worship. I also reach out to friends for prayer.
Thanks for this honest post that I am sure many can relate to.
The tips are great, too.
Thank you Beckie — I appreciate your friendship so much.
Hi Del, I really got a lot from this post. While I am having the opposite problem right now (not enough interaction with others), the symptoms, causes and cures are the same. One extra one that might help you. When I’ve overcommitted in the past, I sometimes regretted it on the day of the activity. When I couldn’t cancel, I learned to start thanking God for the opportunity and praising Him for what He would do through me at the meeting or event.Hope it helps you too.God bless,DavidSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
Thanks so much for your comment — I plan to post a review of your book soon. Del
Thank you Del for always encouraging and inspiring me to keep writing. God bless you.
Thanks for the encouragement— Del
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I think we all struggle with discouragement now and then, Del, but your tips on how to overcome it are great ones. Glad the conference was so uplifting for you! Blessings!
Thanks so much — your comments encourage me.
I think we all succumb to the pressures of this world sometimes Mr. Del. That’s why it’s so vitally important for us to rest in Him (Matthew 11:28). My “God time” re energizes me and gives me the strength to go on. The key is recognizing when we need to get away and have some time with just the two of you. It seems when I need it the most is when I have the least amount of time for it. That’s when we have to make time. Praying you always find time to get away and God. Thank you for always being so encouraging to me and others. You’re an inspiration my friend.
I love your comments— Del