When Life is Difficult…

     Life disappoints.

          Life discourages.

               Life disillusions.

                    Certainly, life can sometimes be downright difficult.

     I was reminded of the difficulties life often deals us the other day while reading in the Psalms.

     Three times in Psalm 42 and 43[1] the psalmist asks,

Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
and why art thou disquieted within me?[2]

     So, what do we do when our souls are downcast, when we feel disappointed, discouraged, disillusioned or snared in a web of difficulty.

     The psalmist, I believe, gives us a great answer:

hope in God: …[and] praise God

     Sounds simple, huh? It’s not!

     Hope and praise aren’t the typical ‘go-to’ responses when our souls are downcast and disquieted. If you’re anything like me, you realize how easy it is to get bogged down in my current circumstance, to despair rather than hope, to grumble rather than praise.

     It’s during difficult times that sometimes what we need most to do is simply dig in our heels of faith and keep moving forward—placing one faltering foot of faith in front of the other until a new season arrives.

     Because I speak with people each week who are experiencing all manner of difficulties, I know the words in today’s blog post will resonate with someone. I’m praying for you, asking God to provide hope that refreshes, supportive resources to help guide, and caring friends to encourage each step of the way.

     Blessings on your journey…

Sue Reeve

  1. https://www.biblegateway.com – In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.
  2. Psalm 42:5 & 11; Psalm 43:5 (KJV)

4 thoughts on “When Life is Difficult…

    1. I’m so glad, Barbara, to hear the words in today’s post resonate with your spirit. You are such a blessing to so many, and I’m happy the Lord could use me to bless you!

  1. Life has been difficult lately and I haven’t turned to the Lord as I know I should. Part of me “knows” and yet, I find myself with no motivation to do it. Your post today gave me encouragement to just keep putting one foot in front of the other!

    1. I understand. The “knowing” is foundational, but in the head. For me, “trust” is the transition from head to heart. Keep digging in those “heels of faith,” Lenore and putting one uncertain foot in front of the other. With my entire being, I believe God is good and is leading us in right paths even when we cannot tell that’s happening.

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