Tough Times

              Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? 

                                                                               Job 2:10

 

  "God marks across some of our days, with “Will explain later.” 

                                                                              Vance Havner

 

         

 

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Difficult times and tragedy are part of life. Everyone's life! We are shaken to our very core. In difficult times we find out we find out who we really are, what we really believe in and how strong our faith in God really is. Tragedy is a defining moment in our lives. It's not the tragic event that's important in our lives. What's important is what we do after that tragedy happens in our lives. How we respond to what has happened. How we move on or how we don't move on with our lives. Where we look to for our direction and help. I looked for help and comfort in many wrong places.

 

I was asking all the wrong questions. I was asking "why"? Why did this happen in my life? Did I deserve this? What happens when you ask the wrong questions? You always get the wrong answers. I was getting all the wrong answers. I began to ask the right questions, and guess what? I began to get the right answers, answers that began to help me. Answers that I could understand. I asked, "now that this tragedy has happened in my life, what am I going to do about it?" Not, where does my tragedy come from. But where does my tragedy lead, how will it change my life? Who will I beome? How do I find God in all this brokeness? How do I bring Him closer to me?

 

Although we never really understand why bad and difficult times happen in our lives. God doesn't cause our misfortunes, tragedies and difficult times. He is our rock, he is the one who comes to us and raises us from the ashes of our tough times. He doesn't send us these difficulties. He is the one who gives us the strength to cope with our problems. In Psalm 34:17-18 it says, "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

 

The question then is, when bad times enter your life, will you blame God? Will you become angry with Him and push Him away, or will you seek His help and comfort and draw Him closer?

 

I have found that trusting in and walking with God is the only way to walk through difficult times. I can't imagine going through what I have gone through by myself, without God at my side leading the way. And I can't imagine anyone else going through the tragedies and difficult times of their lives without God at their side and leading their way.

 

I have learned that life can still be good today, no matter what tragedy happened yesterday. Every breath we take is a gift from God. God loves us more than we can ever understand. He is where we go for help and counsel, not only in tough times, but in good times, too.

 

We all struggle with life issues. Life is tough! We're all still on our journeys, one day at a time. We don't always know what our journeys will bring our way. And we don't even know when our journey will end. I have decided to live my life to its fullest, no matter what comes my way. I hope you will, too!

Life

Nobody said it was easy!

 

Nobody ever said life was easy. It can throw so many twists and turns at us that it's no wonder we sometimes get lost along the way. When faced with a hardship it's so easy to get caught up with the why-me's and the self-pity that we lose sight of the actual gift we are being given which is the chance for growth. So long as one has the strength to overcome a challenge that person will likely be blessed with a fresh perspective on life and will in turn give more back to the world than they ever could have before.

Growth Books for Surviving Tough Times

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The Bible

How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Melba Colgrove, Harold H. Bloomfield & Peter McWilliams

Experiencing Grief by H. Norman Wright

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. KushnerEmbrace the Struggle by Zig Ziglar

Shattered Dreams by Larry Cobb

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley

Widowed by Dr. Joyce Brothers

Prayer for You

A conversation with God

 

Father,

 

I desire that when each of us is going through difficult times or tragedy that we would realize that you wish for us to come closer to you, not move further away from you. That we would indeed draw closer to you, dear God! I pray that we will allow you to wrap your loving arms around us. To give us not only the comfort and strength that we need in these times, but that you will guide us in the proper direction as we seek to find new meaning and purpose in our altered lives. That we will not forget the good that has come into our lives and that we will remember that you will never hurt us. I pray that you will love and heal us. We praise your mighty name.

                                                                                                              In Jesus’ name, 

                                                                                                              I Thank You

                                                                                                              Amen

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How to Overcome Tough Times

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Do It For Yourself!

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Find a Hobby

Get Out!

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Prayer for Tough Times

Father I desire that when each of us is going through difficult times or tragedy that we would realize that you wish for us to come closer to you, not move further away from you. That we will indeed draw closer to you, dear God! I pray that we will allow you to wrap your loving arms around us. To give us not only the comfort and strength that we need in these times, but that you will guide us in the proper direction as we seek to find new meaning and purpose in our altered lives. That we will not forget the good that has come into our lives and that we will remember that you will never hurt us and you only want the very best for us. I pray that you will love and heal us. We praise your mighty name.

In Jesus’ name we Thank You. Amen

 

 

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" If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. "

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Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry

heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 NLT

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