People can be unkind and outright hurtful, especially people we live with day in and out. Situations come up and heap more stress than you had planned for on your finances, on your time, and on your hope. It seems like every item on your to-do list is due right this second and you aren’t sure how you will get half them done because this list is actually from last week and has only grown… It’s time to work on holding on. Not holding on to the stress or hurt, but holding on to God.
Holding on is the art of leaning into God when you really feel like falling apart. You cannot hold on to a God you do not know and you cannot know God apart from His Word. So, the only thing to do then is to go to His Word for the strength you are looking for to hold on. Some verses that buoy me during trying times:
God is not blind to our hurts, and He allows them to draw us closer to Himself. If life was always easy then we wouldn’t realize how desperately we need to hold on to God and His Word. When life is difficult we are blessed with the opportunity to hold on tightly to God and the faith He gifted us. At the moment we often do not feel very blessed, but afterward, when we have held fast and come out recognizing a newfound depth to our relationship with God we can rest assured that it was well worth the exercise.
You don’t have to do any of this alone, in fact, you should reach out for wise counsel. God has given us instruction in Titus 2:3-5 that older women who are living Christ-like lives should reach out to the women struggling around them and offer His love through daily living wisdom. Looking to women who have been through your current season of life already can help you to gain practical insight on how to more than survive this hard season, but grow and thrive instead.
If you are in the midst of that trying time right now, please let us know how we can pray for you! If you are on the other side of a trying time, I pray you will continue to remember God’s providence in the now and be assured that He will be there through the next trial life brings.
I'm Rebecca, a Christian, wife, and mother of three. I lived wrong for a long time, got pretty well slapped with the reality of how sanctifying marriage and motherhood are, and now I am hoping to help others to hold on to Jesus in all the hard parts of life.