When life is hard, we’re tempted to grasp at anything that will temporarily ease the pain or distract us from it. Where are you tempted to look for your hope and portion? Your job, social media followers/likes, friends, talents, motherhood, marriage, Netflix, being noticed and praised for your talents?
All of these things are good in their right place - but will never satisfy us as our portion and hope. Christ alone can fill that void and longing.
Friend, whatever you are facing today; whatever pain your are trying to endure; whatever disappointment that is haunting you; whatever anxiety that threatens to suffocate you - let it drive you to Christ. He isn’t a bandaid fix, he is your source of hope for what seems hopeless, he is your strength for your greatest weakness, and your joy when all you feel is sorrow. No matter what yesterday held, today his faithfulness and mercy meets us again. Rest in that, cling to that, hope in that.
Today, rather than running to every empty thing to fill the ache in your soul, run to Christ first. Ask him to comfort you, strengthen you, and fill you with the peace and joy of his presence. As you do, you will find him faithful to carry you through everything else that follows.
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I had come to accept that I would never get married, but when at nearly 41 years old I met and married Guy, a wonderful Christian man, I marvelled at how God had given me this very beautiful gift.
The realisation that having children might now happen and the excitement, anticipation and hope that came with that, was suddenly very alive and real. I knew I was on the older side but nothing is impossible with God. But seven years of hoping and waiting for a child that has never come has been deeply painful for us both—at times the sadness has been overwhelming.
Tests showed there was no medical reason why nothing was happening. After a year we had to think through how far we were prepared to go with fertility treatment. We often did not know where to go or who to talk to as it is such a taboo subject and church is overflowing with children and babies. We confided in a few close Christian friends and family members.
Suffering and grief can be lonely experiences. One can feel like an island with days of calmness and then the storm hits again. My loving Father has always provided comfort in His word or in His people at the darkest moments. Sometimes it has come days after a very weepy day or when I have felt very angry, but it has always come. Sometimes the tears come quickly and with no warning. Then sometimes I feel totally at peace and relieved not to have children. It is an emotional roller-coaster.
I am learning to recognise the possible triggers and Guy is always there with a steadfast hug. I know Jesus hasn’t left me or that this pain is not how it should be, but I also know He can and does work all things for good for those who trust Him. So I will keep trusting that His sovereign plans are good and His plans for me are good. I know that the tsunami waves of sadness will continue to hit me, but I want to keep my feet on Jesus my Rock.
Kate (share your story of hope at hopewhenithurts.com) #hopewhenithurts #hopewhenithurtsbook #storiesofhope
Trials and suffering in our lives can be anything from stretching to down right devastating. However, I think most people would probably agree that as painful as it is to endure suffering in our own lives, it can be even more painful to watch our children suffer.
But in this world, suffer they will. Whether it’s a bully at school, a friend who hurts their feelings, the loss of a loved one, a broken heart, or life-altering illness, all of our children will be faced with the realities of a broken world.
What do we do when suffering strikes our kids? How do we prepare our children for a world that involves disappointment, pain, and loss? (Continue reading in profile)
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