No one's life is a bed of roses/free-coffee-vouchers/whatever-your-idea-of-perfect-is. So, when we pretend that we're ok when, for whatever reason, we're not, we help to form this image of perfect lives. It doesn't do anything but, if we're honest, inflate our pride a bit. But, despite what our pride-nature wants us to think, we actually can't get through life and all its discouragements on our own. Proverbs 28:26 says that 'those who trust in themselves are foolish' (NCV). We need God, and we need each other.
Psalm 48:14 declares 'for this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end' (NIV). This whole Psalm has a lot to teach us about how to deal with discouraging times. The psalmist looks back on how God has already protected them, and they use that to fuel their faith to believe that God will bring them through whatever else will come their way. Wherever we are, God has brought us this far, and He will guide us forward if we depend on Him.
If you're dealing with something, talking about it with someone you trust is really important. Yes, God is your number one, always, but He made you to live in community with others. We are meant to support each other - Paul tells us to 'carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ' (Galatians 6:2 NIV).
So what now? Pick a coffee shop (or milkshake or other delicious hangout place). Make two appointments for the week ahead. One you-and-God-date, one with someone you can talk toughstuff with.
Soulfood : Josh 2:1-24, Acts 9:20-30