Inside: Problems can take us down when we focus on our problems. When we look into God’s Word and see His steadfastness and faithfulness, we can find freedom even in the worst of problems. The key is to change our perspective and refocus, that’s where we find freedom!
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Sinking, treading water and legs feeling full of lead. Clawing, trying to get yourself out of the mud you’re stuck in. Darkness and loneliness feel so close. The world keeps going on and you wonder why you can’t break out into it.
Swirling thoughts, anxious body and you just want it to stop. Crying out intensely, and it doesn’t feel better?
Aren’t you sick of it?
You try to be optimistic that tomorrow will be better, but it isn’t!
Life will take us through these valley moments, many times. During these times, we have two paths we can take.
- We can either press in with faith and overcome with Christ.
- Or the pain and suffering can lead us away from God.
My sweet friend, I want so much to take this from you. My heart hurts for you and I’m mad that you are tormented day after day.
I’ve been there a few times in my life and what I’ve learned is to choose plan B makes the whole situation worse. Walking away from God makes the pain and suffering more intense, the fear greater, and the hopelessness more real.My advice is to choose God. Trust in Him and He will give you a peace that passes all understanding. He will show you how to endure even when it's hard. #chooseGod Click To Tweet
As you’re struggling: Right now I am praying for you!
I am asking God to fill you with peace. Even if it is only for a few seconds, will you accept this reprieve?
Can I ask you to pray for some peace for yourself?
You might have to do it repeatedly throughout the day, but it works.
(Psalm 143:7, NLT) Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.
King David’s Example
King David was also here. He experienced all the same emotions you are feeling. The bottom of the pit is where David found himself, trying to claw his way up too. God was who David turned to, and He started to depend on God like never before. Slowly God brought him out of the dark.
(Matthew 11:28, NLT) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
How did God turn the dark to light in David’s life? David prayed continually and trusted God. He made the choice to believe that God would pull him out.
What Happens When We Refocus On God’s Word
David’s circumstance still stunk, but he shifted his focus and persevered.
When we fine-tune our focus, we get freedom.
God wants us to have this freedom.
He doesn’t want us suffering in the pit.
We need to make a deliberate choice to shift our focus.
At first, it won’t be easy. It will take a concentrated effort, but slowly the circumstance will feel less heavy. Those moments of reprieve will be longer and more often.
(Psalm 126:4-6, NLT)
4 Restore our fortunes, Lord,
as streams renew the desert.
5 Those who plant in tears
will harvest with shouts of joy.
6 They weep as they go to plant their seed,
but they sing as they return with the harvest.
God promises us when we press on in faith, our faith grows. Someday, we will return and find a harvest. Did you notice what the verse said? We will return with singing!
The best way in hard times is to shift your focus to God.