The difficulties of life stink. When those we hoped were trustworthy take away our trust and losses leak holes in our hearts, if we aren’t careful, if we don’t take our burdens to Jesus, those hard things can leave hard places in our souls.
I know pain, I understand many of life’s hard things, I’ve been molested by a baby-sitter, assaulted by two guys, raped, and stalked. I’ve been divorced, dealt with over eleven years of chronic illness, and eight surgeries, and many, many other nasty and tough things. God has healed, restored, redeemed, and helped me through, and over, each difficulty. Our God is a good God, He takes what the enemy meant for evil and turns it into good for those who love Him.*
No matter what we go through, God helps us through. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and “announce release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy).”*
However, when in the midst of trauma and heartache, when we have gone through things the world says we will never get over, remember God’s word is truth. Jesus shows us how to heal, how to get through, how to get up one more day and take one more breath. Jesus sets captives free – completely and totally free. God’s truth removes the blinders from our eyes, the hardness from our hearts, and sets us free in the light of His love.
Now when life hits hard and it’s difficult to stand, pray and ask God … from this situation, from every situation, Heavenly Father…
show me how to get through one more day
help me to see Your loving hand during this difficulty
grant me the ability to remember You are always with me
remind me of Your truth and show me Your truth in Your word
show me how to win against the enemy with Your power and Your truth
help me discover what You want me to know
show me Your goodness and lovingkindess
show me Your power
show me what I can learn
show me how I can grow
show me how I can develop as a Christian
show me ways I can help others through my own difficulties
show me, teach me, grow me, develop me, and make me more like Your precious Son, Jesus Christ.
Thank You, Father that You never leave or forsake us. Thank You that You are just and righteous and nothing is too hard or impossible for You. Show me, remind me, help me to always remember, no matter what happens, I am always forever safe in Your loving heart.
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” ~ Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV) (bold and underline mine)
“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.” ~ Psalm 25:4 (NKJV)
“Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You from those who rise up against them.” ~ Psalm 17:7 (NKJV)
“Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, because You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.” ~ Psalm 86:17 (NKJV)
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” ~ Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)