Just when I thought everything was going perfect in my life, life threw me another curveball.
My outgoing, outspoken and loving 54-year-old mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer – stage 3A. Worst news I’ve ever received in my entire life.
I don’t know what you are dealing with right now. It may be job loss, divorce, a serious illness, or the death of a loved-one. Nobody is immune to life’s trials and adversities. We all will experience them, only at varying degrees.
These situations can cause us to be confused, afraid, depressed, anxious and even angry. All these feelings are completely normal. We are human, we are imperfect and we are flawed.
But after recognizing all our emotions, we have to come to terms with our situation. We’ve got to face our problems head on.
Here are five things to remember When Life Hits You Hard :
1. When Life Hits You Hard remember you have access to a 24/7 hotline to heaven.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
When Life Hits You Hard , talk to God. When you feel weary, talk to God. Talking helps. He understands and He cares. He feels your pain and all your emotions. Pour out your heart to him and you’ll find your mind is renewed after spending quality time in prayer.
2. When Life Hits You Hard remember God is always with you.
“Yea, 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.” – Psalm 23:4
Circumstances like these can shake your world and throw everything out of order. You may find that some things are out of your control and that causes a tremendous fear in your heart. Do not be afraid.
The future may be unknown and uncertain, but you must remember that whatever happens, God will never leave you nor forsake you.
3. When Life Hits You Hard remember the difficult times sometimes have to happen so that God can accomplish His purpose for you.
There is a quote that says “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.”. I believe that to be true. You may have lost a job. Your relationships may have failed.
Some things happen in order to mold us into the person God wants us to be. It may be hard to comprehend but we can take comfort knowing God never makes mistakes and He knows what is best for us.
4. When Life Hits You Hard remember you are stronger than you think.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
Do not let the negative thoughts rule your mind. Focus on the positive and try to find the silver lining in every situation. You can rise above all this. You just have to find your light and not let the darkness thwart it.
5. When Life Hits You Hard remember giving up is never an option.
“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
Your situation may seem hopeless. It may seem like it is the end. There will be days that it will feel like it is. But God is your ever present help in time of need. You can trust Him to give you the grace and strength to make it through any trial.
Sometimes we see how big our problems are and we forget how big our God is.
Tough times are inevitable. And more often than not, our circumstances are beyond our control.
But the good news is: We can control how we react to the situation we are in.
And the great news is: Our God is an Omniscient and Omnipotent God who has total control of everything.
So take heart, child of God.
You are tough. And you can get through this!