A Repost from 2009.
It is imperative that we recall God’s goodness to us throughout our lives. Otherwise we’ll focus on the negatives, on the negatives in life, on the negatives in our current situation. When we are discouraged, our eyes are quickly drawn to the darkness. Amazingly, it is the human way (sin) to be discouraged or discontent even when in paradise. If we find ourselves in that situation, it could mean something is off spiritually. But we can give ourselves to God, prayerfully read Scripture and prayerfully recall all the ways in which he has blessed us, never abandoned us, and it will give us perspective. If we are in a slump, such recollection will reorient us. Also, we should let friends or godly people know what is afflicting us. That way they can speak truth to us, pray for us, and help to give us the right perspective. Also, even if we are not in the mood, serving others will help them as well as us. It gets our eyes off of ourselves. Do not dwell in discouragement alone. May you be encouraged by God dear brothers and sisters.