Do Not Give Up!

I have written before that life can be hard. Sometimes it can be overwhelmingly hard. I cannot count the number of times I have fallen to my knees sobbing, asking God to take something hard away. At that moment I just didn’t think I was capable of going forward.

Fears and difficult circumstances became bigger than my God. I was weary and worn from just trying to make it through one more day. I didn’t like where I was in life. Things were difficult and hard. Oh, the things I have done that I never dreamed would ever be possible to do.

I was even afraid to leave my room in order to go back and face what I needed to face. I just didn’t think I had it in me to keep on keeping on. My life was nothing like I had dreamed or imagined. I was lonely, I was called to do things I didn’t want to do.

But, every time I would pour my heart and soul out to God, He listened. Nothing in my life changed, my circumstances were still the same. I still had to face my fears and my situation.

The difference was God changed me. He changed my heart. He changed my mind. He gave me strength enough to go back out there and face what I needed to face for that one day. He replaced the anxiety with peace. His peace.

He would whisper to my soul,

“When you go back out there, I will be with you, I’ll be closer than your breath, I’ll never leave you or forsake you, ever. I will help you do what needs to be done. We’ll do this together. I’m here, right now, with you.”

Every single time, I would dry my tears, get up and go out and face the challenges, but this time knowing I could do anything with Jesus by my side.

Life can be hard, overwhelmingly hard. DO NOT GIVE UP! Lay it all out at Jesus’ feet. Allow him to whisper to your heart, to hold you close, to walk by your side, to fill your heart with peace for just one more day.

We are not promised tomorrow. Most of the time when we find ourselves worrying how on earth we can make it another day, we just simply lose sight of Jesus walking with us in our tomorrows.

So, instead, live with Jesus through your today. He is there and he is closer than your very breath. Inhale his affection and then exhale his grace. Just don’t give up. I promise when you get to your tomorrow, he will be there, too.

This song, Oh My Soul, by Casting Crowns, speaks directly to my heart and I hope it blesses yours as well. My favorite verse from the song is,

“There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know.

Just know that when our fears do face the God we know, they “poof,” simply disappear, because our fears are nothing in the face of our mighty God.

Just whatever you do, DO NOT GIVE UP!


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