“Life is difficult and full of disappointments, but that’s okay.”
-Jess Helms (me)
There’s a good story behind that quote. I promise. In fact, for a long time, that wasn’t even the quote. It was originally, “Life is difficult and full of disappointments.” It was an inside joke between myself and my best friends when little things didn’t go our way, but slowly I realized that it was pretty pessimistic. So, when I writing this Spoken Word, God showed me how I can turn a pretty negative statement into a super uplifting statement. I think it’s even better now than when I created it.
Psalm 34:17 – When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
I’m not under the impression that I have some horrible life. I know that I’m incredibly blessed and I have a ton of opportunities that many people around the world don’t have. I have a great community of Christian friends surrounding me and a church I can call my home all the time. (but let’s not talk about everything I’m thankful for… that’s for next time) However, just like everyone else, I do have rough times. I get sad, angry, and hurt. I’m sure you can relate. Struggling is no fun, especially when you feel like you are going through it alone. I have good news. God is beside you through everything. He is always right by your side when your struggles seem to overwhelm you. God uses our struggles to help us grow closer to him and he helps strengthen us in our faith. God even uses our struggles to help others around us grow.
These last few months have been pretty rough, but God really used them as an opportunity to teach me how to lean on him and not the people around me. I lost some things that were really important to me, and I genuinely felt like I could never possibly recover. Looking back, I realize how much God helped me through probably the hardest time of my life, and how losing those things have really helped me mature. At the time, all I could do was just pray that he would take the pain away, and everyday a little bit of pain left my soul. And I’m not saying everything is rosy now. Sometimes a hint of those negative feelings still sneaks in, but God always puts joy in its place. Without all those struggles God allowed me to go through, I would never have changed my perspective. I’m sure I wouldn’t be making videos and creating blog posts like this.
Often, God uses our struggles to encourage others around us. Whether that be someone seeing you in the middle of your struggle and watching you lean on God, or you using that situation as a part of your testimony to encourage others afterwards-which allows you to show how God has gotten you through it You get to show them you are still okay and joyful at the other side of it. This gives you a great opportunity to give the glory to God.
I bet you guessed it. I have a story to go with this point too. 😉
So a few months before I hit my “rock bottom” one of my friends hit it first and bounced back. I remember calling her and saying I felt like “all the strings broke.” She reminded me that there were always ways for me to bounce back and that God was going to get me through it no matter what. She really used her experiences to bring me back to the reality of how powerful God is. He had me in the palm of his hand the entire time and when I put my focus on him I could truly feel that. She helped me through it by sharing what God showed her through her experiences. It was super helpful to have a strong Christian who had gone through the same things as me there to talk to me and have encourage me in my relationship with Christ.
A few months after I began to start healing, another one of my friends began having to deal with something very similar. This time myself and the friend who helped me both tried to encourage her. We both shared our individual experiences and how God got us through them. I like to believe our stories helped her at least a little bit. That’s what being a part of the church is all about. We are there for each other to encourage and draw those around us closer to God.
The point I’m trying to make is… embrace your struggles. They’re obviously not fun, and sometimes it’s hard to remember that God has a purpose for everything that happens. However, the sooner you look up and consider why you might be going through that at this particular time in your life, you can begin to lean on God and he will show you exactly where your path is headed. As long as you remember to stay faithful to him things will always get better, because God will never let you struggle forever. He will use your struggles in ways you can never imagine. Just remember if you’re not okay, it’s not the end.
I’m praying that all of you will remain strong in your faith and that you will lean on God throughout all your struggles. I hope you all will also be praying for me these next few weeks as well.
I love you all very much and I appreciate your support.
- Psalm 9:9
- Psalm 56:3-4
- 1 John 4:4
- Romans 8:18
- Philippians 4:19
- James 1:12
- 2 Corinthians 1:9
This week’s Spoken Word: HERE