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5 Ways to Stay Encouraged During Hard Times

hard timesBe strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. (2 Chronicles 15:7)

It’s easy to lose faith when it seems as though everything is going wrong in our lives. When nothing seems to go as planned and we just can’t seem to get a break from God. We wonder if He even hears our cries or if He even cares.

That’s usually when the enemy will creep in and start to play tricks with our minds. There’s an old saying. “An idle mind is the devil’s playground”. This is why it’s so important to stay in the word even when you don’t feel like God loves you. Even when you question whether or not you should even love Him.

I remember a time in my life when I wondered if I was being silly or naive for still believing in God after everything He was allowing me to go through. I mean, how could He love me and let me suffer the way I was suffering?

It seemed like as soon as I overcame one hurdle, I was dealing with another. It seemed like the only way out was to give up. Giving up would have definitely been the easy way out, but that wasn’t even an option for me.

I knew there was a purpose for my pain, a greater calling on my life, and I was determined to find it. I could have stayed down, thrown in the towel, and threw myself one huge pity party, but I didn’t.

I used my sorrows as fuel to draw closer to God because in my heart I knew that I had taken my eyes off Him and maybe just maybe all of this was to get me to come back to Him. If so, it worked!

Here are 5 Ways I stayed encouraged during the hard times in my life:

I Prayed

( 1 John 5:14 )  “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us”.

I prayed morning, noon, and night, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I didn’t pray for God to take my burdens away. I prayed for strength to endure them. I prayed for God to reveal whatever it was that He wanted me to gain from all my suffering. I knew He would take care of me. I was sure of this. The more I prayed, the less I worried.

I Learned to be Grateful

( Romans 8:28 ) “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”.

One of the things that happened during this dark season of my life is that I had been in a car accident. The car was totaled, but I walked away without a scratch on me. All I could think about was how much of an inconvenience this accident was. The timing was horrible. I had just started a new job the week prior so missing a day of work was not an option. But then I was reminded that there are a lot of people who don’t walk away from car accidents. I was blessed. Not cursed!

I Talked to Other Christians

( Proverbs 27:17 ) “Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another”.

When you’re struggling with your Faith, getting advice from non-believers is the last thing you should do. It’s like the blind leading the blind. How can they encourage you if they lack faith themselves? Get involved in a church function, a ministry, or seek Christian counseling. Sometimes it’s easier to vent to a stranger from fear of being judged by your loved ones.

I Stayed Equipped With the Word

( 2 Timothy 3:16 ) “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness”.

One of my favorite scriptures that helped me through this tough season was Hebrews 11:6– “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

There’s a scripture for just about everything we go through. From avoiding temptation, dealing with adultery, even choosing our friends. Some scriptures you may not be familiar with as much as others. All you have to do is type in one keyword or phrase and Voila! Help is on the way. They even have versions which are easier to understand than traditional versions.

I Remembered When…

( Ephesians 2:8-9 ) “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”.

I thought back to other times when I was going through a season of darkness and I asked myself: How did I make it out of that storm without losing my mind? ” and then I answered my own question… FAITH! I needed faith to come out and I used it, whether I had realized it or not.

Whenever you’re going through hard times, just remember God’s grace is sufficient.

67 Comments

67 Comments

  1. Tony Jackson Osondu

    June 12, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Amen… Ur grace is all l need oh! LORD……

  2. Barbara Allen

    June 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Yes

  3. Adiri Aisaiah

    June 7, 2017 at 12:30 am

    AMEN!!!

  4. Anna Nkgomotse Mokwena

    June 6, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Amen

  5. Lovely Sharon

    June 6, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Amen

  6. Camelia Dora Campbell

    June 6, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Heavenly Father, please provide for me financially. I have been struggling to make ends meet no matter how hard I work. Please give me what I need in order to provide for my family. I trust you and pray that your holy spirit would give me peace in this hard time. Amen.

  7. Siphokazi Mallolly Jack Webu

    June 6, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    AMEN

  8. Nora Philcrispuni

    June 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm

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  9. Tina Kaitsa

    June 6, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Amen

  10. Letitia Mo Howards

    June 6, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Amen

  11. Karla Igess Simmons

    June 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Amen

  12. Donna Oconnor

    June 6, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Amen

  13. Tshepiso Malema-S'tati

    June 6, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Always

  14. Bongekile Guess

    June 6, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Amen

  15. Krung-krung Park Seon

    June 6, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Amen.

  16. Stephanie Shifflett

    June 6, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Tracy Engelhardt Davey

  17. Avhaathu Ramulongo

    June 6, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Amen

  18. Sondra Shultz

    June 6, 2017 at 3:24 am

    This is spot on ❤️
    Erin Phenix Misty Valentine

  19. Rowena Mendoza

    June 6, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Ha ha tamah para sa akin yan Rachelle Espejo

  20. Rachelle Espejo

    June 6, 2017 at 3:04 am

    🙂 Einah Mendoza

  21. Tammyand Charles Robin Watkins

    June 6, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Amen!

  22. Melissa Sykes

    June 6, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Amen I needed this Thank You Jesus

  23. La-Keesha Bean

    June 6, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Amen

  24. Kelly Brown Lambert

    June 6, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Karla Brown

  25. Izola N Taylor

    June 6, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Amen

  26. Nancy Gough

    June 6, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Amen

  27. Terry Daley

    June 6, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Amen

  28. Amanda Arredondo

    June 5, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Tclb Crews

  29. Trina Jackson

    June 5, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Yes Lord

  30. Cora Smith

    June 5, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Amen

  31. Kia M Cannon

    June 5, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Yes amen

  32. Otsanya Onmonya Comfort

    June 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    And his strength is been made perfect in our weaknesses

  33. Pinky Moeng

    June 5, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Amen

  34. Geraldine Mouton

    June 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Amen

  35. Hellen Sibongile Buda

    June 5, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    AMEN

  36. Malekhotla Rantsane-rammupudu

    June 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Amen

  37. Joe Ramos

    June 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Amen

  38. Sonya Alexander

    June 5, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    So true

  39. Garmei Kennedy

    June 5, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Amen

  40. Matildah Banda

    June 5, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Amen

  41. Heart Dela Cruz Cernechez

    June 5, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Amen

  42. Janet Akondoh

    June 5, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you.Amen

  43. Mary Kahoro

    June 5, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Amen

  44. Lorna Marie Lariviere

    June 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    ❤️

  45. Valencia Nkambule

    June 5, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Amen God is good

  46. Leonie Van der Ross

    June 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Amen

  47. Oluchi Elizabeth

    June 5, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Amen

  48. Danilo Bernardino

    June 5, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Amen

  49. Doreen Njeri Mbaka

    June 5, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Amen

  50. Fiona Payne

    June 5, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Hallelujah-Amen

  51. Yousdy Danira

    June 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Wow!!! What an amazing beautiful reminder ❤

  52. Vida Williams

    June 5, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Amen

  53. Judi Gross Jacobs

    June 5, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Amen

  54. Reyv Michelle

    June 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Barbara Perry

  55. Julia Cooper Burke

    June 5, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Great article!

  56. Judi Klaus

    June 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I will praise you God, even in my storm.

  57. Princess Uwa Nelly

    June 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    AMEN

  58. MsKp Nicole

    June 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Amen

  59. Loretta Jones

    June 5, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Yes Lord!!! Thank you Amen and Amen

  60. Tumisang Motsumi

    June 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Amen

  61. Batsile Badz Tumediso

    June 5, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Amen

  62. Ireen Boyce Lipenga-ma Davreen

    June 5, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Amen

  63. Philisiwe KamaNgcobo Khoza

    June 5, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    True. Amen

  64. Maria Lerma Poserio

    June 5, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Josel Vinluan

  65. Caroline Gloss

    June 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    True

  66. Pearl Ellison

    June 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Amen

  67. toni

    July 9, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I know its hard but keep praying even when it seems like he doesn’t hear it ,just keep doing ,he hears u he just needs u too have the faith that he will take of it.

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