Friend, if you are currently in a season of grief and pain, perhaps you find it challenging to praise God with emotional integrity. How can you come to God and worship Him when your heart is broken and overwhelmed by intense emotions like sorrow, anger, disappointment, fear, and anxiety?
Do you feel overwhelmed by this enormous mountain in front of you? Then it is the right time to hear God’s encouragement for successful work.
This Christmas is so much different – a Christmas upside down. I watch the dazzling lights of the Christmas tree and the smiling faces of my friends. A happy family gathered around the tree, laughing and spreading good vibes.
When life gets hard, it is easy to forget that we are only passing through this world. There are moments the pain seems unbearable, the losses too big to live with, and the discouragement too weighing too heavy on our hearts. We long for safety and peace, often wrongly assuming predictability and comfort are equal to happiness and fulfilled life.
Friend, do you find it difficult to trust God and stand firm in faith? When our lives don’t develop as we hoped for, when our prayers go unanswered, when a tragedy strikes, then it is especially challenging to continue putting our faith in God. But at the same time, it is crucial to choose to trust Him so we can stand, persevere, and move forward.
“But as for me, God’s presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all you do.” (Psalm 73:28 CSB)
It’s a time of transition. I sit on the floor among piles of open boxes trying to envisage how to master the unknown way of leaving my life as I knew it and crossing into a new life in another country alone.
Do you have these days when you wonder how to have the courage to go forward? I woke up on such a day with one wish – I wanted to go back to sleep, to avoid the painful reality of my new unwanted life as a widow.
I don’t know what harsh reality you are facing today. Maybe it’s the loss of a job, the illness of a loved one, the disillusionment from shattered dreams, or struggling with depression.
Have you had a situation in which you chose to be satisfied with the less? When did you choose to stop and settle just one step before the breakthrough, or the solution or the right door to open?