Every person in this world will wake up with a struggle. It may be a small struggle like you have overbooked yourself and will be running constantly from meeting to meeting. It may be that you and your spouse had a fight that wasn’t resolved before falling asleep. Possibly you have rent due today with a negative bank account. I guarantee, everyone woke up to a stuggle.
I have been waking up to the same struggles for a while now. My dad is struggling to overcome pancreatic cancer. My daughter and grandbaby are in a high-risk pregnancy that requires a fetal medicine team for monitoring and different care that her first pregnancy. Big struggles, health struggles, yet I am walking in peace. How you may ask? Let me get to that.
It hasn’t always been this way. In the past, I relied on my own knowledge and understanding of how I could “fix” every situation. The minute someone told me their struggle I would automatically (without thinking) begin to solve their problem. It came very naturally to me. I thought it was my “special gift”. I was wrong. I was really just giving earthly suggestion on how to put a Band-Aid on the struggle.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
How do I wake up every morning with my struggles and smile, look up, and say “Thank you God! Thank you for today’s struggle!”? That’s right, I do it with God’s love and gratitude. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying ignore the problem with blind bliss. I am saying trust God and His plan and find gratitude in every situation. Yes, every situation and ask God to take your struggle.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
You see, whatever your struggle is, God knows about it. He planned your life. You may have thrown in your own free will to take it down a different path. I did this. Many years ago I got addicted to the power of a wallet full of credit cards. I struggled to pay the minimum payments on 17 credit cards with a $41,000 debt load. I couldn’t get out of debt. I was smothering myself. I couldn’t sleep, I constantly worried about the debt, my mind was so jumbled trying to figure out how to clear this debt. One day God “pressured” me to make this the day to handle this debt. I felt Him strongly “encouraging” me to confess to Him and my husband that I had made a mistake and I needed forgiveness and grace.
I cried and prayed all day long. I confessed my overspending sin to God and asked for forgiveness and help. My husband came home from work and he saw me sitting on the couch with my eyes swollen, red, and bloodshot from crying all day. I went into the confession that God had told me I needed to complete. This was the day to share my debt with my husband. My husband listened intently as I spewed out words and tears of how this happened over seven years and that I could no longer hide it.
My husband looked at me and said, “We are going to pay off the debt and never talk about it again.” I looked up and asked, “Why are you giving me this grace? Why aren’t you mad at me? I thought you would divorce me and leave me alone to pay this debt myself.”. His response was, “I am giving you grace and forgiveness because some day down the road I may need it from you.”.
Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.
Please notice the difference of me handling my struggle and changing the focus to God stepping in. The difference is dark and LIGHT. I know God, through the Holy Spirit, put such a heaviness on my heart to get this struggle behind me because His plan was so beautiful. In one small God inspired conversation with my husband the struggle was solved. My husband and I grew closer because of that conversation.
This example and testimony to God understanding our struggles perfectly allows me to wake up in the morning with Him. Knowing my loving Father is with me always and wants the best for me allows me to trust His plan for my struggles. I am human. I do still get initial twinges of anxiety and worry when a new struggle arises in my life. I handle this by taking the deepest breath I can and in my mind at the same time I say, “God’s love in (on inhale) my gratitude out (on exhale).” This helps me to remember as I breathe in that God is within me and filling me with His love always and I am always going to be grateful for that love. For that love is what carries us through our struggles.
God’s is infallible. The word infallible means “incapable of error.” If something is infallible, it is never wrong and thus absolutely trustworthy. God is infallible, then so will be His Word and we can always trust Him.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I love and pray for each of you and I am grateful you are here reading my blog. LoLo
Heavenly Father, I am praying today for those reading this blog. I know they have struggles Father and I know You are with them. Please give them peace in their hearts, let the Holy Spirit guide them to turn to You and ask for help. Bless them with the peace of knowing You want only the best for them and if they surrender their struggle You will not turn away. You are our good and loving Father who can heal, strengthen, extend grace and mercy and bless His children. In Jesus’ holy and precious name, I pray for these readers. Amen