Like Chippie The Parakeet by Fred Lowery

Like Chippie the parakeet, in Lucado's book who was sucked in, washed up and blown over. You remember the lady was vacuuming and, like Perot, heard this giant sucking sound and it was her parakeet being sucked up. She opened up the bag, took the parakeet to the sink and poured cold water over him. Then got the hair dryer and blasted the shivering parakeet with hot air. The bird passed out. Amazingly the bird survived but when asked about him - oh, he doesn't sing anymore. He just sits and stares. Sucked in, washed up and blown over.

YOU HAVE BEEN THERE

Battling the Blues
Dealing with Discouragement

1.Our kids can put us there

e.g.Ballistic child - why some animals eat their young.

e.g.Ten laws for rearing godly kids, suggestions - two or three things you may want to try.

e.g.If you had it to do over would you have kids - yes, but not the same ones.

2.Our mate can put us there

Few people, if any, can get to you like your mate.

A real test for spirituality

3.Our job can put us there

Irregular people
Impossible boss
Insufficient funds

Financial pressure may be the greatest.

4.Our Schedule can put us there

Rat Race

e.g. Shelby needing a book

The Blues:

Sinking spell, momentary defeat; Discouragement: a "dis" counting of courage to lose hart, to feel defeated.


1 KINGS 19:4-18

I.DISCOURAGEMENT HURTS OUR SELF IMAGE
VS. 4He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, Lord," he said. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.

If you need your people, you can't lead them. Not talking about love, but needing their approval.

II.DISCOURAGEMENT CAUSES US TO EVADE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES
Vs. 9:There he went into a cave and spent the night.
e.g.David - idle, not at work; extremely vulnerable.

III.DISCOURAGEMENT CAUSES US TO DEFACES AND BLAME OTHERS FOR OUR PROBLEM
VS. 10:The Lord said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, ...


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