In life, not much is guaranteed. And unfortunately, one thing that is guaranteed is hardship. We will all face troubles. The Bible tells us that we WILL have suffering. It doesn’t say we might suffer.
Since pain and suffering is guaranteed, the question we need to ask ourselves is … “How will I handle it when those hard times come?”
We may not have a say in what happens to us, but we do have a choice in how we handle it. When hard times come, do you become a victim or do you rise above to become victorious over them?
I’ve been there. I’ve done both. And I can tell you that being a victim will never benefit you. Earlier this year, I felt like my whole world was turned upside down in a matter of moments. The pain was real and I didn’t know if I would ever live another “normal” day. I didn’t see how that would ever be possible. I felt hopeless. But I also knew I couldn’t stay in that place. Hopelessness benefits no one and I had people depending on me. I couldn’t give up. So I did the only thing I knew to do. I threw myself at God. Literally, I spent every free moment of my day reading my Bible, praying, journaling, and reading every inspirational book I could get my hands on. This lasted for a few weeks, until I felt like I could breathe again.
And the growth I experienced during that time was incredible. I could have chosen to remain a victim, but I didn’t. And you have that choice too.
If you haven’t ever journaled, you should really give it a try. It’s not something that came easily to me. I tried on and off for years until it finally became a natural part of my daily routine. I am a sucker for cute journals like this one or this one. I carry my journal with me in my purse so it needs to be cute, right!?🤗 I use it to write down prayers, to write down the words God speaks to me, and to study scriptures in more depth. It’s become my favorite thing to do. Instead of scrolling through Facebook in my free moments, like while I wait at the doctors office or in a pick up line at my daughter’s school, I journal. I challenge you to give it a try and see how it changes your perspective when hard things happen.
I recently started a bible study with some other ladies at my company. The book we are reading is called “I Do Hard Things” by Havilah Cunnington. It is rocking my world! I would recommend it to anyone who has ever questioned God in your time of struggle.
In her book, Havilah says, “You can either be dragged along through your hard things or you can just DO THEM!” And that is so true. Our perspective on the challenges we face will determine much of their outcome in our lives. Victory may not come in a day, but each day we choose to live in victory, we inch a little closer to it. Today let’s choose to be victorious over whatever we are facing!
1) When you look back at your past challenges, do you see times when you became a victim? Do you also see times when you chose to fight through to victory?
2) What is something hard you are currently facing? How can you choose victory over that area today?
3) As a parent (if that applies to you), how can you help your children learn to choose victory over their hardships? Do you think you are doing well in this area or is it an area that could use improvement?