Coping With Difficult Times and Days

90235b3ee6a8cf0a87faf0e900f0075a-jpg-cfIt’s hard to listen to the news lately. It’s isn’t just the news, but it is also the internet  mentality and people in general. It’s all the conspiracy theories and such. While I  was out with a friend recently. There was a person sitting behind us and the comments that they said were full on racial slurs and deep hatred towards anyone that is a person of color or belief system. I feel like we are living in a devastating time for those in this world.

I am rather upset over the presidential race and the media circus.  The hatred from those who are from either party is out of control. Those who say they are Christian are acting in ways that I would think twice about Who they are putting their faith in. You have the Democrats calling the Republicans deplorable and all kinds of things. Then you have the Republicans calling all liberals evil and spawns of Satan. I know Christians who are both Republicans and Democrats. I have lost respect for those who are part of the name calling and the hate filled speech. I won’t go as far as question them about their faith, but it makes me wonder when hatred and lies come from their mouths, what their hearts actually believe. We are living in some pretty difficult times.  Everyone we meet are going through their own struggles and are searching for answers. I know I have been fighting my own personal and physical battles. I’m no different from anyone else.

In our lifetime, we have a tendency to look back, look forward and we look at our life now. There is no way around getting defeated. My country (USA) has been going through a roller coaster kind of ride and many are feeling defeated. I can honestly say that I have had felt defeated mentally because of this election. Thankfully God knows how to balance our lives so we can enjoy the sunshine and people in our life.

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It’s very easy to let our circumstances get in the way of our relationship with Christ. When things are calm, we just go about our business. When tragedy strikes we forget that God has a purpose and plan for our life. While we are going through all the pain and suffering that this world has to offer. When evil takes over it is natural to go searching for a safe place. God holds out His arms and encourages us to seek Him. Don’t let the things and people of this world trap you. I love the song “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus“. This song is a good reminder that the things of this world go dim, we can look to Jesus.

Over this past week, well, actually over the last year or so, we have seen violence overflowing into the streets. Lives, livelihood and fear have escalated to the point where fear is taking over. I am fearful about for county.  When I read people’s comments about how they don’t understand how a person would be afraid, it makes me wonder if they have read the Bible. All you have to do is read Revelations and the books that discuss prophesy. There is some pretty scary things going on. I should actually word it like this, “I’m fearful for my country and what and where we are headed. I’m not fearful that God has everything under control. In that sense, I have a great amount of peace.

  •  Isaiah 41:10- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

As the events of the world are laid out like a rocky path, I am reminded of a passage in Psalms 91. “For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” God isn’t promising to take the rocks and stones from our path, but He does provide a way for us to get over them.

We humans have a way of complaining about anything and everything. This election period has been a big test for me. Lately, I have been wanting to throw them at the nastiest people in the world, but of course the stones won’t hit them where they need to. Besides, if I were to do what comes naturally which would be to kick them and throw them, the end result would end up causing more pain.

We have become accustomed to the rocky paths of life. There will always be rocky paths, since not all are smooth. Giving up is not in my DNA. Others may give up and look for a better path. Since I am a believer in Christ and a child of God, turning back isn’t an option.

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Our life was full of defeats, all of us would feel discouraged. Thankfully, life isn’t about all the bad things. God has given us sorrow and laughter. Not only do we experience the storm clouds filled with rain, we also have beautiful flowers that cannot grow without rain. I love to watch lightning from a distance, but not overhead.  I’m not into the whole, lightning striking me dead kind of thing, lol. In our life there are always going to be challenges and there is always going to be times of peace and joy.

As we go through the rough patches and uncertainties of life I find peace in knowing that I need to look to Jesus Christ. He knows what is going on and how I feel. He knows my fears. Jesus Christ faced difficult obstacles in His life. He was rejected, scorned. Jesus was called many things. Through all of His trials, tribulations and temptations, He continued to do the will of God. ultimately Christ gave His life on the cross.

  • Hebrews 12:2 – fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfected of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

In closing, We aren’t to look at ourselves, troubles or circumstances, we are to look to Jesus Christ.  We can entrust our lives and those we love into the hands of God. When we find ourselves worried, afraid and discouraged it’s good to remember that the Lord reigns. This is the only hope for peace and joy in a troubled world.

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