Sometimes life just seems hard. The days are dark. Uncertain times and stress mount high. An unexpected diagnosis or devastating loss can feel to difficult to face.
Today was a hard day for me, I lost someone very dear to me heart. A young man of 19. I used to have prayer meeting with his grandparents for years. This young man was selfless he never did anything for himself.
Usually, our faith in most strengthened in the trying times of life, it’s often hard to walk that out while in the midst of that all. We long for carefree days, yet God takes our hand a d leads us straight into the darkest of times. Not to hurt us, but to bring greater strength, character, trust, beauty, and perseverance to the deepest part of our souls.
I don’t understand why the Lord took this young out of his family and my life. But I know the Lord had a reason.
For those who need fresh hope today remember, you are never defined by the wrong things that happen to you, by difficult circumstances or hard seasons you’ve walked through. Here is His powerful truth about the dark seasons.
You are mine, you have a purpose, you are loved, you are beautiful, you are courageous, you are called and redeemed for my purposes. Even through all the hard days. Especially through the hard days.
If you’ve been holding onto baggage from difficult times, or find yourself still stuck in a head season, maybe you’re clutching on to past mistakes because it’s hard to let go and move forward: them maybe it’s time to drop the burdens you’ve carried around for way to long so you can live free.
Lock back and learn all that God has for you, see what strength and beauty He has built within you through the difficult days then keep moving on. Confident in Him.
What does God teach us through painful moments:
He teaches us that he is bigger than we are experiencing.
Ah, Lord God! Behold, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by Your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You. (Jeremiah 32:17)
God often reminds us through the toughest times in life that He is bigger than the store may face. He’s greater than the problem, the obstacle, the giant, and the fear. Nothing is impossible for His. He is a God of miracles who is constantly working on behalf of His children, even in the dark where we can’t fully see. Because we can be confident of this one truth, we can also trust Him, fully. We may not understand it now and we may never on this side of heaven, but God is always faithful. He works in ways that are powerful d far greater than we could have ever imagined. And He can do it in just a moment, what might take years for us to work through on our own.
When I was diagnosed with cancer, my first thought was ” Oh No, I’m going to die.” but God came to give us life and have it abundantly and be free. But the enemy strike against that, and come to try and steal, kill, and destroy all the good. It’s true we have to struggle against hard things, this world is not perfect, but God’s power is still greater than the works of darkness and far stronger than anything we may face here.
Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance find it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)
God prepares our minds for battle in his Word, he says when you face trial, a not if. We will. we will all face hard things. Not because God is unable to protect us or help us, but because this world is not a perfect place, and He knows that we will grow stronger through every trial and struggle, as we set our eyes on Him.
He reminds us that His work in the hardship is greater than what we might be able to see at the moment we’re in it. But He will never waste pain. The testing of our faith produces perseverance. Endurance’s how athletes train. We get squeezed. It’s hard and maybe at the time, we don’t know we’re going to make it through. But He’s there, right with us, in the midst of every storm. So we can lean in, and He holds us secure until we can finally step-through to the other side. Notice that you aren’t the same person you are, your faith is strengthened. Your character is deeper. Your roots are stronger. Because you have really relied on Him, like never before.
He teaches us that resting in Him is vital.
Be still and know that I am God… Psalm 46:10
One of the hardest things I’ve learned in life, especially in the tough times, is to be still more.
When we are prone to hurry and worry, this can feel like such a challenge. But don’t ever let the pressure of what you’re facing get in the way of just spending some much needed time in God’s presence. It’s truly the most important minutes of your day: getting still, reflecting on who He is, and who you are in Him. Learning to rest in Him is not laziness. It’s never time wasted. It will only bring peace to your spirit and strength to your day. Don’t ever buy into the lie that you don’t have time, not it won’t make a difference anyway. It will, many of us have walked it out, and we’ve seen the impact it makes, on our lives and those around us.
Maybe everything hasn’t gone as planned for you this year so far. Maybe times seem harder you’re not sure what God is doing through this difficult season you’re In right now. But whatever is concerning you, entrust it to our Powerful God, it’s the safest place to let it go. Pray, talk to Him. He knows all the concerns you and He cares. Read His words and part them back to Him. Hope on to every promise of hope. Think about them day and night. Write them down, hang them up around your house. God’s truth and time spent with Him will help you to never quit spinning into cycles of worry, as we keep our hearts and focus on Him.