Honestly, some days are just hard. We all have hard days for one reason or another, and some of us walk through hard seasons.
Perhaps you’re suffering right now through a winter season of grief, difficult circumstances, caretaking, depression, or anxiety.
Maybe you’re in a season of motherhood that has you feeling exhausted and run down. Maybe a job, or relationship, or illness is burning you out.
Maybe it’s just a bad day. Whatever the situation may be, you are not alone.
Yeah, some days are worse than others, so this one is for the hard days…
No, it’s not easy-this life is oftentimes messy.
It’s stretching and bending.
The expectations of what you dream of will often times fail you.
But there is a choice to make on the difficult days of this life.
We can give ourselves over to the one who promises to never leave us, nor forsake us- or we can give up.
In a broken world, shattered by sin, I can’t help but think that our giving up is what the enemy of our souls wants. So if we want to be over comers of darkness, what choice do we have other than to fight?
If you’re struggling right now, I want you to know that sometimes fighting looks like showing up, or doing the next right thing.
Sometimes fighting looks like saying to yourself, I can and I will do _______________ (insert whatever hard thing it is that you’re struggling to do).
Sometimes fighting is to give each and every moment of your day to God. You won’t burden Him, He can handle it!
That’s good news! But I have even better news!
On the days when giving up seems easier, sister, you have a Savior who will fight FOR YOU. In fact, He will carry you!
Personally, in the hard moments, and throughout the difficult days, and yes, in the painful seasons, I will choose to put one foot in front of the other, despite my struggle. I will ask God to be my steps.
I will seek Him in the midst of my suffering. I will declare my need for Him, especially on the hard days.
Perhaps it’s a learned reflex, but I’ve come to know over time, that I truly cannot survive the hardships of this life without Him. He is my sustenance, my helper, and my source.
He is my bread of life, my drink when I thirst, my everything.
Especially on the hard days, any good thing that comes from me, ultimately comes from Him. And so, I will show up.
I will do the hard thing, and I will do it all as an act of worship to the one from whom all good things come.
On the hard days….
I will mend my aching body, to His glory.
I will tend to my home, to His glory.
I will work my land, to His glory.
I will raise my children, to His glory.
I will answer my calling, to His glory.
I will use my gifts, to His glory.
I will do the tasks that I don’t enjoy, to His glory.
I will care for those who depend on me, to His glory.
I will give respect, to His glory.
I will love those who’ve hurt me, to His glory.
I will forgive, to His glory.
I will be humble, to His glory.
I will be grateful, to His glory.
I will do my work, to His glory.
I will seek out goodness in the midst of suffering, to His glory.
I will trust Him-over fear, over doubt, and over circumstance, to His glory.
On the hard days, when I don’t know how I will get through, I will do my best, to His glory.
And thankfully, especially on the hard days, He gives us grace.
Friends, in our brokenness, as we strive for fullness, it helps to accept that we will only be made whole in His glory.
And until that day of glory, hang on. I know you’re tired, but you’re not defeated if you surrender it to Him.
When life gets tough, you don’t have to do it perfectly, just do it, to His glory.
Girl, He’s got you, on the hard days too.
“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
and have carried since you were born.
Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am He, I am He who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”