How to gain hope when life is hard

We ALL experience tough times in life.  It happens to all of us, whether in your marriage, with your health, with finances, with your children, etc.  And of course, Satan loves to pile on the negative thoughts all the more when he sees that we’re struggling.  We tend to start reciting a list of complaints…about people in our life, health problems, finances, the way we look, and on and on.  Instead of reflecting the love of Jesus to those around us, our facial expression portrays “woe is me”.

How ridiculous!  In reality, we have SO much for which to be grateful. I know I do.  Life could be SO much worse!  I have a warm, comfortable home.  I have plenty to eat (too much actually!).  I have a husband who takes care of me.  I have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.  I have a brain that actually works so that I can accomplish many tasks for my family and for God’s kingdom.  So, why am I whining?

Yes, sometimes things don’t turn out the way I had hoped. But what I need to remember is how many things have turned out well!  I could choose to be grateful for what I DO have.  And when things really are tough, and when I’m disappointed and discouraged…I need to remember to stop wallowing in self-pity, and to choose to trust in Jesus.  His Word says He is my rock. He says He will never leave me.  I love what He tells me in Psalm 103:4 “He redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion”.  When life gets discouraging…when you’re disappointed as a wife…lean on Jesus.

I finally grasp hope and peace when I choose to trust in Jesus.  He is at work!  His ways are perfect.  Seek His perspective on all that’s happening. Ask him to help you understand what he’s doing in this challenging moment.  He’s up to something, and in the end, it is good.

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