We may find ourselves asking, “Why me, Lord? Why us? What did I do to deserve this?” We may even turn our backs, throw our hands in the air, and say, “I’m done, Lord. It’s too much. It’s too much.“
What do we do when we want to turn our backs and walk away? What if you’re already there?
Burrow in close, like a little tick. Don’t worry, you can’t suck the Lord dry. If you see the train wreck coming, burrow in now. If the mess is present and you’re struggling, turn around and latch on.
You may want to resist this advice right now. I totally get that. Been there, done that. There are times where I can’t read certain blogs or be around certain people because my heart isn’t in a good place and all I can think is, well goody for you but why is my life sucking so much right now?
When we feel like God has turned His back on us, it’s usually because we are grieving the loss of something. A dream, a family member, a job, a spouse, a relationship, etc. Give yourself permission to grieve that loss. But don’t do it alone.
When we burrow in deep our perspective starts to change. Prayer is key. Keep on talking to the Lord even if you feel like your prayers are bouncing off heavenly walls and not hitting the mark. Ask Him the hard questions and wait on Him. Ask Him to speak to your heart.
During these times it can be easy to fall into old habits or to tune into tv shows, movies, and other media that may not be healthy. Try to avoid this foothold. Pull up GodTube online and watch some good stories and hear some good messages. See if your favorite bible teacher is on YouTube and click play, even if you turn it on only for background noise.
Turn on KLOVE or another Christian station when you reach for the radio dial.
Journal this journey. It’s always amazing to look back on hard times and see how far you’ve come. Perhaps next time the road gets rocky or the bottom feels as if it’s fallen out, you can look back through this time of struggle and see how God got you through it.
Make a coffee date with your best girlfriend, even if you have to do it via Skype. It’s easy to try and isolate when things aren’t going well but find at least one person you can lean on.
Dig into your bible. Even when you don’t feel like it. Keep reading until. Until you know deep down in your heart God is speaking right to you. Ask Him to show you His presence in His word.
It’s normal to have times of trial and times where our faith dips and sags. This life isn’t easy for any of us. If you’re brave enough, ask around. If we admit it, all of us have faced times where our faith has taken a hit.
If you, my precious sister, are struggling right now, please leave a comment below and let me pray for you . You’re not in this alone.
He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. Psalm 107:14
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. Proverbs 24:16NLT
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