This week… it’s been hard. Multiple challenges (chores piling up, sick kids, sick mom), then the sucker punch… going to the doctor yesterday for my son, Kavin, and getting even more “to dos” on top of the loaded care schedule already. It just sent me into a spiral last night. I cried and cried and cried.
It is still hard, but here are four things I put into practice to help me get over the hump and onto the track of productive joy.
1. Take the junk to the Lord. God knows our hearts. (Psalm 139:2). I just grabbed my journal and a roll of tissue paper and let the tears and thoughts all come out before the Lord. God can handle our frustrations, fears, doubts, and anything else we throw at him. The important part is taking it to him and not allowing the hard stuff to put a wedge between us and him… that is the tactic of the enemy of our souls.
2. Renew Your Mind with Truth. Honestly, when I am in a funk sometimes reading the Word feels plastic. But, I do it anyway. I especially hit up the Psalms when I am hurting. The cries of David and the praises of David usually speak to my heart. Especially reading it out loud if you have the ability ministers to my heart more powerfully. Try it! Even if it feels plastic to begin with, just asking God to minister to you through His word and being faithful to read it out loud… at some point the plastic feeling will dissipate and the power of God’s word will penetrate. This helped me the most last night.
3. Pray. Pray. Pray. Ephesians 6:10-24 talks about spiritual warfare and the section starts wrapping up with this scripture: And pray at ALL times with ALL kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert, and ALWAYS keep on praying for ALL the saints. When we are praying, we are inviting the Holy Spirit’s power into whatever we are praying about, whether what to cook for dinner (been there) or how to move through the brokenness of our hearts (there right now). Prayer is the work. The more I have been praying today, the more I am experiencing God’s comfort, strength, and even promptings to think of others and pray for them too! Imagine that… prayer leads us to care for others not just ourselves :-).
4. Share the burden. It is not mentally healthy to put on a smile face to everyone when you are hurting. Now, you need to be wise about what you reveal and to whom, but allowing others to share your burden gives them an opportunity to pray for you (more prayer the better) and possibly give words of encouragement. Back to Ephesians 6:10-24… we need to pray for ALL the saints and if you are a believer, that means you too :-).
What helps you persevere when life gets hard? Please, leave a comment.