The Struggle is Real

We all have those days. Ya know, the days when you struggle to get out of bed, can’t get ready for the day, fall as you walk out the door, try to reason with a toddler, discover the dog got sick overnight (surprise!), or get in the car and realize you forgot to fuel up the night before. Sigh. The “why-do-I-even-bother” days. The “I’ll-refresh-my-eyeliner-when-I’m-done-crying-during-my-drive-to-work” days. Sometimes, these days pile up faster than dirty clothes in the laundry. It can be a real struggle to try and recognize the positive stuff.

The past week has been rough. I’ve had my share of those days, been treated poorly, and been taken for granted. I’ve had to battle feelings of loneliness (does that crap ever go away?!), fear, frustration, and hurt. It happens. My struggle has been to remain focused on the positive side when I want to hang my head in defeat and crawl back into bed and put the covers over my head. I’ve failed at times, but I’ve yet to crawl back into bed and refuse to rise up and face the day. That, my friends, means that I have not lost. I am not defeated as long as I can get up and show up.

I don’t have to smile, accept tough situations, or refuse to cry to win. I win by finding the strength to rise up and participate in life. Yes, life hurts. It leaves scars. It will try to beat you down. But you are more than a conqueror. You will defeat the anger, frustration, sadness, and guilt if you just LIVE this life with passion.

My strength to get up and keep going does not come from within myself. I pray. I ask for help. I try to stay on the right path. I read His Word. I know that I am not strong by myself in those horrible moments when bad news comes. I may not be able to smile, but I am able to ask God for help through my tears. I don’t even have to form a sentence because He knows exactly what I need.

On those bad days, we have to remember He is with us. Always. He knows our hearts and our weaknesses. He knows everything about us, yet loves us anyway.

Fix your eyes on Him, seek His guidance, and keep on moving forward. With God on your side, you cannot be defeated.

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Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (NIV)

Romans 5:3-5 “3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV)

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