The Sweet Stuff Ministry

Monday, July 10, 2017

Struggles (A guest writer)

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10  But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.  That is why,for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

We all have struggles.  If we deny that we do, then we kid ourselves.  This past week, I have dealt with some struggles.  While they are not on the scale as major, small struggles can lead to large amounts of discouragement.  A friend of mine, that I have known since high school wrote a powerful message about struggles.  It is applicable to anyone and any struggle no matter how small or large.  With her permission, I am sharing the message with you all today.

"Some days are just hard. The struggles are real, emotions are raw, and wounds are fresh. You feel like a failure in life. You look in the mirror and you do not like or even know who is staring back at you. You are aging, your hair is a mess, you have gained weight, and all you see are your inadequacies. You look around you and other people seem to be living perfect lives. Mom is always put together, perfect hair and makeup, thin, husband adores her, kids are well behaved, new house, new car, beach vacations, a perfect Facebook life. Guess what…..they struggle also. You just don’t see it. We all have days that we fail as spouses, parents, and friends. That is life! The devil wants you to feel inferior to others and get you to wallow in self-pity. That way you lose focus on whose you really are.

You see we are created in Gods image (Genesis 1:27). If you are a child of His, redeemed by his grace and mercy then you should walk around with your head held high. You have someone who you can always turn to when struggles come. We can talk with God, read His word, and know that He hears, He cares and He is with us (Isaiah 41:10). God created each of us different, with different talents, different passions and He even lets us have different struggles. Why….so we learn to turn to Him, grow in our trials, strengthen our faith and trust in Him (James 1:2-4).

You will still have hard days but remember to whom you belong. Look at all of the blessings He has given you and strive to be a little better today than you were yesterday. Love a little more, listen a little closer, spend time with family and friends, forgive each other and lend a hand where it is needed.

The person you see in the mirror is loved by God. She may not be perfect but she is valuable. You are Gods handiwork, created to do great things (Ephesians 2:10). So do not focus on your failures, your flaws, the I should haves, instead remember whose you are, straighten your crown and walk tall. Tomorrow is a new day, with new blessings and maybe some new struggles even, but God is there, by your side ready to take on the world.

Zephaniah 3:17 ESV The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."

Thank you, Glenda, for a sharing the message that God spoke to you.  It pierced my heart!

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