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How to Succeed, How to Fight Discouragement

Psalm 39:7 “Lord where do I put my hope? My hope is with you, Lord.” There are many circumstances or situations that will cause one to feel discouraged or afraid to move forward with one’s God-given gifts and talents. Here are a few circumstances or situations that can cause one to feel discouraged or willingness to give up:

  • Loss of job.
  • Loss of family or friends.
  • Financial issues.

But, one should not allow anything to deter them from their God-given gifts or talents. I have learned throughout my life to “put all my hope and trust in God.” I have learned that as long as I put my faith and trust in God everything will be okay.

Here are four suggestions to deal with the upheavals in life and how to grow from them:

  • Admit how you feel. You should trust God enough to acknowledge how you really feel.
  • Identify the source. Discouragement comes on the heels of a setback or disappointment.
  • Talk with a trusted counselor. Proverbs 11:14 “The more wise counsel…the better your chances.”
  • Be open before God. God, not fate, writes the last chapter.

When you hope in God, He replaces discouragement with confidence, so that what you’re going through can become a path to spiritual growth. When feeling discouraged, give it to God, pray about it, read God’s Word, and put all your faith and trust in God. If you do so, see what God can do in your life.

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information:;;;


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