Posts Tagged ‘struggle’

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Maybe we all need to stop for a minute and look at those around us properly…are they struggling…do they look like they need a hug…do they need someone to talk to?

Often people will not ask for help when they really need it, so it’s up to the rest of us to look out for them and look after them.

Have you ever had a day when it was a real struggle either physically or emotionally to get out of bed?

Have you ever had a day when it took ever ounce of inner strength you possessed to get yourself showered and dressed?

Have you ever had a day when you struggled to keep your public face on so no-one could see how you really felt?

So you’re not having a great day, you’ve struggled to get yourself our of bed, dressed and out into the big bad world and you find others are judging you based on what they see…devastating, and potentially just that one extra thing to make you wonder why you bother, to question if anyone would really care if you didn’t turn up, if you never turned up…

STOP! Read this:

dont judge

 

Let the storms of today make you stronger for tomorrow

When you’re struggling to get through a day and everything seems to be going against you it can be hard to accept that something good can come out of today can’t it?

Just as our bodies can only build immunity against illnesses by fighting against those bugs/illnesses, we gain strength to face tomorrow by learning from the difficulties we face in life. So stay strong, because you can face whatever tomorrow brings, head on.

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Connect with others

We shouldn’t need a reason to ask our friends and acquaintances how they are, so today’s suggestion to brighten your day, is to simply ask others how they are!

Let this simple act of asking others how they are, remind you that this small act could be the huge lift that person may be needing today. We never truly know how those we see or talk to each day, really are – some may be facing health problems, depression, have financial concerns, worried about family members or lonely – so by simply asking them how they are, will prove to them that someone loves them and cares for them, and that is a powerful message.

Brighten your day by brightening someone else’s day!

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Don’t let stress take over your sleep

I know this blog post is about brightening your day and my suggestion for today is about the middle of the night, but technically that is part of your day!

I’m sure we’ve all had a few nights when either we’ve struggled to fall asleep in the first place, or we’ve slept for a few hours and then woken up and been unable to get back to sleep again because our minds are focusing on all the stresses and strains of life, which in turn makes it impossible for our minds to be at rest so we can sleep. So instead of letting those stressing thoughts take over our minds when we can’t sleep, why not get up and make better use of your sleepless time, by reading, meditating or praying. i.e. do some of the things you struggle to find time to do during the daytime.

If you’re awake during the night, make good use of the time instead of stressing about things which, in the cold light of day, will not seem nearly as bad.

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A great little reminder isn’t it? Is it just coincidence that Striving and Struggle precede Success even in the dictionary…I don’t think so.

So when you are struggling or striving to achieve something which seems unreachable, remember, success is just a little bit further along your pathway.

I was recently reminded of the following words from Peter 5:7

You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties on Him, for you are His personal concern! ~ J.B. Phillips

When we’re in trouble, God is there.

When we’re struggling to cope, God is there.

At all times, God is there, and will accept all your problems and worries if you just take them to Him.

What a fantastic remind that when everything seems to be going against as, we simply have to kneel before God and leave all our troubles at His feet.

Forever-faithful

 

We’re often told that God is always there for us, during the good times as well as during days of deepest despair. So why is it that when we are in greatest need of support and guidance, that it’s then we so often forget about God, and try to make it on our own?

Why, because we’re human!

Can I suggest another reasons why we try to do it on our own rather than turn to God? Have you considered it may be because our faith in God isn’t strong enough?

I can certainly tell you that in my experience this is why in the past I found myself trying to go it alone – I believed in God, but really hadn’t given my all to Him, so when the difficult times came, I simply forgot about God because I felt he’d forgotten about me (which I know now was not true), and tried to get by on my own. Needless to say I failed miserably, and when I did I realised God was still there reaching out to me, and when I reached out to Him, He lifted me out of those dark days, not immediately but slowly and steadily.

Now I can honestly say that I turn to God when things are going well, but I also turn to Him when I’m struggling and wondering how I’m going to get through, as I know God is with me and will guide me through each day.

How about you, do you turn to God when life gets tough, or do you try to go it alone?

In my blog posts these last few days, I’ve been reminding you that God is always there for us, even during the times when we try to go it alone and forget He’s even there with us. Well today I’d like to give you another reminder:

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Again, it’s all about remembering to keep God at the centre of our lives, no matter how tough life get, or how much we just want to give up on life, because God is always there with us. So when life gets tough and we have no strength left of our own, remember to get down on your knees and pray to God, because He does answer prayer, and He will answer yours.

There is no need to ever feel alone, because God is always with you, to help and support you, to lift you up when you fall, to carry you when you have exhausted your own strength.

Life can be tough, but God reassures us that He is with us always – The Kutless song I’m With You reinforces this message:

Here am I
I’ve tried to live without You
It’s the reason that I feel so far away
I understand
You see everything I go through
and listen to the broken words I pray

I know You hear me
I know You’re answering me saying

Fall in my arms and let me carry you carry you
I know you and I, we can make it through make it through
When crashing waves pull you down in the undertow
Reach out your hand and I swear I won’t let you go
I’m with you tonight

All this time You’ve been walking here beside me
Waiting for the day I’d call your name
So Here am I walking through the darkest valley
Shine down Your light so I can see

You know I’m weary
I know You’re calling out to me

Fall in my arms I will carry you
I know you and I will make it through
All who need rest all who are lonely
Come to me now and just let it go