Day 4: Trusting God During Hard Times

Written By Amy

How is life going?  Hard?  Unpredictable?  Are you in a season where you are living in the valley vs. the mountaintop?  My husband and I would definitely say the last couple years have been harder than we expected.  Jon’s company went into bankruptcy, he took a large pay cut, I went back to work, and we are still trying to figure out if we can stay living in our home on our current salaries.  I keep thinking that things will turn around, but they haven’t yet.  Jon and I check in with each other specifically on our “life future” every few months.  Our situation remains the same.  We predict, we plan, we pray, we hope…

We wait.

Here’s our next verse in Romans:

“Be patient in affliction”  Romans 12: 12

Affliction has been present to humans as long as they have walked the earth.  The Old Testament is one long story of human struggle…and God’s timing in the release.  When we are experiencing trouble, we want the release, we want to take that deep breath and say, “Glad that’s over!” But God’s timing is often not our own.  He has plans for us, but they are often plans for our character, not our logistics.  In waiting on Him, he wants us to sink our roots deep in the soil and hang on….trust.  God wants to unpry our fingers from the controlling grip we wish to have on our destiny, and learn to let him have the control. He wants to teach us patience, long-suffering, hope, contentment regardless of our circumstances.  What if they never change?  Will we be content and find joy in our days?  We can, if we keep our eyes focused on the Lord.  He will give us strength to get up each day and press on, even find peace and happiness….possibly even more than if everything was going according to our plan.

“True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings.  It comes from knowing God is in control.”  Life Application Bible p.2002

                                                                   And the peace of God

                                                           which transcends all understanding,

                                                            will guard our hearts and minds

                                                                           in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

 

 

Above all, God cares about our relationship with him.  In his loving arms we can wait.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Dear Amy,
    You and your family’s steadfast faith is a great model and inspiration to me and so many. thank you for this post and your honesty, vulnerability and insight! Sandra

  2. Charnette Smith says:

    Hi Sister Amy In Christ Jesus,

    This post maybe OLD, but it blessed me tremendously today Feb 16, 2013. Words of comfort, peace and strenght…your blog, you and God have spoekn to me today…So I just wanted to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Keep moving forward and letting God use you to reach millions threw your BLOG!!!
    Ps…I’m taking notes and keep them in my daily calendar book I carry with me….
    I’ve been on a little journey and it has been rough…but God is faithful & just and HIS GRACE AMY IS SUFFIECENT…I think so many is walking in HIS GRACE and His spirit of PERSEVERANCE IN THIS HOUR .
    GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMLIY AND I PRAY DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND AND YOU’LL SHALL NEVER LACK OR WANT FOR ANY GOOD THING…CAUSE I KNOW YOU’LL LOVE THE LORD…JUST THROUGH THIS POST….BE BLESSED AND STAY ENCOURAGED…IN JESUS NAME!!!

    “True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing God is in control.” Life Application Bible p.2002“True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing God is in control.” Life Application Bible p.2002

    I LOVE THIS MADE MY DAY….THANK YOU LORD!!!

    • Dear Charnette,
      You are a blessing to me. I am so thankful that God spoke to you through this post. And thank you so much for your encouraging words…they mean so much.
      God Bless YOU!

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