My stalker

stalker_by_orendorffknightI have a stalker who regularly comes to harass me, and the Santa Monica Police Department can’t do anything about him.

He is discouragement. I can’t seem to get rid of him. I constantly need to get rid of him.

Just because I constantly am trying to encourage others, doesn’t mean I’m free of discouragement myself. It is the contrary that is true: Because I struggle with discouragement that I try to help others. This helps me.

StalkerIf you have this stalker too, then get rid of him:

  • Exercise and eat right.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Avoid destructive behaviors.
  • Flee drugs and alcohol only mask, don’t heal, the inner pain and fears. They make things worse.
  • Prefer uplifting music. The lyrics affect your soul, whether or not you’re “listening.”
  • Eschew movies and shows with morbid themes
  • Feed on the Word of God.
  • Surround yourself with people who can lift you up, not those who tear you down.
  • Pray and ask God for help.
  • Don’t pretend and pose.
  • Don’t be afraid to get help.

As with any stalker, we don’t want to take discouragement lightly. He can do us great damage, and we need to take action.

77 responses to “My stalker

  1. I know exactly what you mean. When I feel discouraged it’s a real lift to be able to encourage others. I’m trying to start an online business at the moment and I feel very very discouraged.

  2. I experienced what you’re going through. From my personal lied all the way here at WordPress, he stalked on me, and that led to the closing of my 6-year-old blog. I had to file TRO against him. The court granted it though.

  3. Discouragement is Satan’s biggest weapon!!! I think fear is number 2. This is what he uses to keep us from the Joy of Jesus. Especially those who r working for the Savior. Hang on to the Courage in the middle of the word- discourage. 2 Tim 2:1 says, be strong in the Grace of Jesus Christ. I don’t have to be strong on my own. His grace makes me strong. Don’t let Satan get u down. Praying, Grace

  4. I am so glad for this pose and grateful for the help suggestions. Great! πŸ˜€

  5. Love this! Thanks for saying what some of us are afraid to say as Christians out of fear people will judge us. And thanks so much for all the likes on my blog. You made my day! God bless!

  6. noordinaryjoy61

    Your encouragement will keep others from discouragement! I always enjoy reading your posts… keep up the great work!! πŸ™‚

  7. Cool idea. Making a list to rid others of their discouragement is rather encouraging πŸ™‚ “Flea alcohol and drugs” that’s funny.

  8. great concept, brilliant really gives your thesis punch power

  9. refusingtopanic

    Love the parallel. And it’s so true.
    great post!

  10. I love this post!! It really speaks straight to my heart!

  11. Valid, practical advice.

  12. Good words of encouragement. Keep up the good post.

  13. I was once referred to as a stalker. This same person later laughed it off as not knowing me well, or my intensions, it was more of a fear of their own inside theirself. This however does not mean there are not stalkers out there. And yes I have struggled in the past with a simular stalker as yours I hope your stalker leaves soon. Cheers.

  14. Great post and great suggestions so very true. Thank you!

  15. Thank you for this post. Many times we forget to encourage and lift up the “encourage-ers” (yeah I know it’s not a word, but it works ;)). Thank you for all you do to point people in the right way. Also that list on how to discourage, discouragement, is so right on point! God bless you.

  16. Great read, Pastor. May the Lord be with you today as you share encouraging words with the world. Bless you.

  17. Pingback: Reblog: My stalker | Mustard Seed Budget | your mess, His Message

  18. Geh, Luci (my nick for the devil). I always wondered, doesn’t it get boring after awhile, lurking around people, bringing them down? What a crap life. I guess that’s why he’s so angry about it. Do you ever wonder, if Luci was able to let go of all the anger and hate if the devil would cease to exist? Just my impossible musings.

    But yeah, discouragement certainly knows how to sneak in. Even when things are going really, really well, it sneaks its way in. I think that’s why God wants us to acknowledge daily what he’s doing for us, or count our many blessings. It’s much easier to face down Luci when you’re able to say, “Hey, I’ve got a great life right now. I’ve got all this going for me.”

  19. A powerful article – and so very true. Great advice, I pray someone reads this who needs the encouragement. Blessings – Patty

  20. I love reading your articles and this one just seem to come (as they do) just when needed. This is uplifting, encouraging and the fact that you made it personal just made me love it more. ~Big Fan

  21. I really enjoyed this writing, thanks for sharing!

  22. This stalker gets around a lot! He likes to lurk over my shoulder at times too. One of Satan’s deadly “D’s”. Distract, discourage, doubt. When I’m distracted is when the stalker attacks. Great reminders of how to get rid of him. Thanks for the encouraging words!

  23. Now when I read this, I see that you must know what discouragement feels like precisely so you can help others who also experience it, and that’s a strength. That means you operate from a position of knowledge, of experience. That far outweighs those who give advice but have no clue.

    Cheers, my friend. πŸ™‚

    • Oswald Chambers was asked how long it takes to prepare a sermon. They referred to the debate among traditional evangelicals and pentecostals — the former do exegesis and take 40 hours to prepare, the later don’t do exegesis and prepare in maybe 2 hours. His reply on the subject? It takes about 20 years to prepare a sermon. (He dodged the question and referred to the accumulation of life experiences to really compose a sermon full of empathy.)

  24. Plus the story of how David encouraged himself in the Lord in 1 Samuel 30 helps a lot

  25. Reblogged this on This Mom's Loft and commented:
    Haunting, poignant and true. I love this post from Mustard Seed Budget and hope you do too.

  26. Thankyou for sharing. Unfortunately I know what it feels like 😦 Will Pray for you πŸ™‚

  27. All of these mean being honest, don’t they. Often I’m discouraged when I just keep trying to do it on my own and I’m not honest enough to admit what’s really going on.

  28. Wow, Mike. This hit me so kindly in the head and heart. Absolutely true and practical. Thank you!!! Blessings! Diane

  29. It sounds like you have an intelligent approach to a very common problem. May the Lord guide you and protect you always.

  30. So very true. Wonderful tips on how to keep him at bay , too.

  31. I don’t like this stalker lol

  32. Nice post and clever set up. We sow what we reap. thanks for sharing encouragement!

  33. This was one of the best posts I have recently read!

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