Trying Times


‘I quit.’ ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ ‘I don’t understand why?’ ‘I’m tired of trying.’
Do these phrases sound familiar? If you haven’t experienced this at some point in your life, you will. We all come to the end of our rope, so to speak. It is a heavy, lonely, hard place to be. At the time, it can seem like there is no answer, no way out of the situation, and no hope. As we reflect back on those times in our lives, we can still feel the emotions. Isn’t it awesome that you made it through?! God was with you…even when you felt like you were alone.
If you are experiencing this desperately difficult time in your life right now, know that God is there. It is during those trying times in our lives, that we develop a closer relationship to our Creator. The times in which we suffer are the times when we are being refined and made stronger. Our suffering allows us the opportunity to seek Jesus and trust solely in God. Suffering prepares us to be empathetic. Every fire you have walked through…every obstacle you have overcome…has now become a testimony. We are the example of Christ in this world. We are the light in the midst of the darkness.  Use your experiences to help others. Don’t be afraid to share your journey, for you can be assured that you will help someone who is walking in that valley right now. Rise up and know…God is with you.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. ROMANS 5:1-5
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11
God is with us.
© Layla Freeman 2019
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
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