“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love,
so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in
order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,” Colossians
Sometimes life just smacks you around. It can be like sinking in quick sand. You’re sinking further and further down and finally, there is a glimmer of hope. Someone says,”Catch this!” and you put your arms out, waiting and expecting that big strong vine that is going to pull you to safety. Only you are met with a thunk. You open your eyes to find you’ve been tossed a boulder and you’re sinking further and faster. That glimmer of hope now extinguished.
Life is hard.
That’s just a fact.
How do we deal with the agonizing defeat that can take over our lives? Especially when you are feeling like you come up for air but you never get that big refreshing gulp that you need to survive.
Well I’ll tell you as I fight this battle right now, I certainly don’t have all the answers. Some days are better than others. First and foremost I know that we need to talk about it with someone we trust. Choose this person or select few wisely. I know I have made the mistake of sharing with the wrong person. Someone struggling does not need added stress of being gossiped about. That also means that we do not air someone’s private struggles as a prayer request without their permission.
Pray for strength. I have no qualms telling God how I feel about what is going on. He knows my thoughts already so it’s no big secret. Sometimes just getting it out is enough to make it through the day, or even just the hour.
Ask for prayer. An unspoken prayer request is always totally okay. If you know folks will pry, remember that “No” Is a complete sentence. They don’t need to know what is going on in your life in order to pray for you. You are not obligated to share if you don’t want to.
Get into The Word. Get a bible study, read online, or open your bible. There are tons of amazing Christian websites for women. Be encouraged by what other women have to share. Sometimes they can share a scripture in a new way.
Ask for help. We women like to take on a lot. We can do it all. Or so we think. Maybe we can do it all but not all at the same time. If you are doing okay and don’t need help, be kind and offer it to someone else! Especially moms with young kids. We need a break.
What are you struggling with right now? What times in life have you found yourself sinking in the quicksand? How did you handle it? What advice would you give someone struggling to keep their head above water?
Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”