When it comes down to it, I’ve had a very incredible life this far but I’ve also had some really difficult family times as well. I’ve lost people in my life that have passed way too soon, I’ve had heartbreak, anxiety, really challenging health issues but I’ve had God every step of the way. The most humbling fact is that even when I wasn’t seeking God, or feeling close to him, He was still there loving me, holding me, and making sure I made it through. Honestly, if it weren’t for Him I couldn’t even tell you where I might be. Despite Instagram’s best efforts to make everyone’s life seem perfect, facts of the matter are sometimes life just gets really hard. And usually, when it rains, it pours… BUT for whatever it’s worth, I’ve seen God in my life since I was little, and he is so faithful, so loving, and will equip you to come out on the other end of things, most likely even greater than before.
I think this is one of the most challenging things about faith. It doesn’t mean you’re going to have this easy, hardship-free lifestyle. We’re not exempt from that. But there is so much hope and peace to knowing that when you’re too weak and feel like your circumstances are more than you can handle, you have someone who loves you and is already ahead of you with a plan that is far greater than anything we could humanly fathom.
If you’re going through a hard time, I’m so sorry you’re in a challenging season, but I pray God reveals his faithfulness and love to you and reveals his power in your weakness. I promise it gets better, even if it has to get harder first, and the God that I know who has completely changed my world through my times of weakness will “renew your strength” “give you hope” and “restore your soul”
Ultimately, I just encourage you to keep praying – asking God for whatever it is that you need, and be really specific. If you’re lonely, pray that he fills you over with his love and that you can feel yourself in his arms. If you’re weak, pray that he lifts you up, giving you hope, encouragement, and the resilience and strength you need to restore you. If life’s pretty good right now, say a prayer of thanks! As hard as life can get, thank goodness there are also seasons that are just really really happy and good!
As always, please let me know if you have any prayers that I can add to my list. A few of you have already reached out, and I’m continuously praying for you. We’re all in this together and shouldn’t feel like we always have to take on everything alone!
For further reading and encouragement check out:
MATTHEW 11: 28-29: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
JAMES 1: 2-4: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
PSALM 23: 1-4: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
ISAIAH 40: 31: “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
2 CORINTHIANS 4: 16-18: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
JEREMIAH 29:11-12: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
PHILIPPIANS 4: 6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
JEREMIAH 31: 25 – “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint”
I’m watching this video sermon today too!