E-mail The Lord can reassure that He is near and that He will lead us through the darkest days of our lives. Life is not always easy to live, but the opportunity to do so is a blessing beyond comprehension. In the process of living we will face struggles, many of which will cause us to suffer and to experience pain.
A few years ago, I was having a conversation with my pastor about my struggles managing the stress in my life. It was overwhelming to continually try to find ways to help these individuals whose lives had been torn apart by abuse, death, violence, poverty and other tragedies. I often found myself caught between feelings of helplessness and powerlessness when facing these tragic circumstance, which led, in turn, to feelings of anxiety or despair.
My pastor recommended that I read a book written by his own spiritual director, Dr. This book outlined what it means to live in the peace of Christ. Gaultiere described how, in Scripture, Jesus offers us a way to live hopefully and joyfully even in the midst of great pain and difficulties.
At the time, I remember wondering how it would be possible to face so much stress and pain and yet stay positive and joyful. Many Scriptures exhort us to rejoice in the midst of suffering and to even consider our trials and tribulations blessings in our lives, but how was I to do that in the face of tragedy?
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. In this chapter, the author used the example of when Jesus calmed the storm in Mark 4: While the storm raged and the disciples panicked, Jesus slept calmly in the stern. Do you still have no faith?
After reading this passage, I realized that I am too often like the disciples. Watching the storms rage around me, I panic and question what God is doing and where He is in the midst of the storm. I quickly despair and forget that God is with me and that He protects me. Knowing that He is safe and protected by His Father, He can sleep in the midst of the storm and even smile and rejoice.
Megan has experience working in community mental health, foster care and in a partial hospitalization program.You have to love. You have to feel.
It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness.
“In everybody’s life there’s a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore.
And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.
Strength During Struggles Devotional Talk Given at Brigham Young University–Hawaii filled with doubt and even depressed when facing life's struggles. We must always remember that: Where there is no challenge, He knows the things that we stand in need of even before we ask.
(See 3 Nephi ) He knows everything about us including. Watch video · 33 Songs That Can Actually Change Your Life strong and wild / With apple lungs / You, you breathe with ease / Floating on the breeze" It helped me to realize that there was more to my life.
Overcoming Life Struggles quotes - 1. By facing our fears and overcoming them will make us strong and capable enough to face any challenges in life. Read more .