There I said it for you. For me. Our definition of hard may not be the same. No Matter. Hard is hard.
What we do with that reality tells a lot about us. Do we complain? (my worst character flaw) Do we whine? (another of my problems) Or do we learn to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which we have been called?
We can change you know. Not always our circumstances. But always our response to our circumstances.
I am encouraging myself here folks. When I spend an excessive amount of time navel gazing I find myself mired in self-pity and full of whining & complaining (twins born of the same toxic ilk!)
I really am a female version of the Apostle Peter. Impetuous. Loud. Speaking before thinking. And looking at Jesus then looking away and down at my circumstances. Every once in a while it’s good to lift up my head, look around and consider the realities, not my perceptions.
The result? A made – new perspective. Counting gifts, paying attention to others’ real needs, stepping out of myself and serving others, all help me to get my focus off my own issues and aware of the greater needs around me.
Today’s photo comes from a community of people who are risking for and trusting God in authenticity; in the middle of very real life challenges. Cancer. Abuse. Dark nights of the Soul.
Reading about their journeys may help you in yours. It certainly has helped me.
As you go about this Sabbath day, be reminded of a few vital truths as a Christ-follower: He is well acquainted with suffering; He told us we will have tribulation in this world, and He has overcome it; we have the opportunity to share in the fellowship of His sufferings; He will never leave you or forget you; His Holy Spirit is in you and He is your Comforter and Strength.
If you are struggling to believe any of these things, let’s talk. My prayer for you today is that you are
Learning to walk…