Things may not seem fair, people may unjustly judge your intentions, money may be tight, marriage going down the tubes, God seems far off, kids acting a fool, your best friend may have walked out on you and taken your last cup of coffee with them!  I don't know what you may be going through. However, if you are reading this, you are still breathing. If you're still breathing, there's still hope.  There is hope that you can be fulfilled, satisfied and even happy once again. 

On the last day of school this past May, we took our 5 & 7 year old on an amazing three week-three country vacation.  Our first stop was in Ireland where we took in the city life of Dublin, walked along the wave-crashing shorelines of Bray, and discovered fairytale like nature in Powers Court.  This was a dream come true for me.  However, for my first born, not so much.  She was not a fan of her brand new socks I had packed. Apparently, without being washed first, they were not near soft enough for her precious little tender princess feet. (Insert big fat eye roll here.) In the words of the little blonde herself, “I will never-ever be comfortable for the rest of my life again!”.  Had we been at home, I would have washed them for her.  Heck, I would have put the whole bottle of fabric softener in the load for the girl.  However, we were in a foreign country, at a hotel, with no accessible washers.  So this is where she was given the opportunity to grow in a life lesson I like to entitle, “Suck it up buttercup, and keep walking.”.  The city lights, ocean breeze, and heavenly flowers were all overshadowed by her socks.  HER SOCKS.  I know your issues are more than a pair of uncomfortable socks.  I am not meaning to downplay the severity of what you are going through.  I actually want to bring you hope that things CAN be better for you, right now, in this moment. 

The enemy tries to distract us with what isn't going right, so that we can't see all that clearly IS going right.  Friend, don't fall prey to his schemes. His lies whisper finality to each situation as though the God of Hope has walked off of the throne. Call it what it is, a lie, then think and speak the truth.  Paul says it like this in Phil 4:8 Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 

Instead of letting the circumstance guide each thought and emotion, we take charge of what we think on.  This is where we quit saying, “I will never-ever be comfortable for the rest of my life again!”, and instead we say, “Suck it up buttercup, and keep walking.”.  We turn our thinking to His words and we focus on every good thing we see.  Instead of thinking about how much we hate those stinking socks, we look at the city lights, breathe in the ocean mist, and think on the beautiful flowers.

“His mercy is new every morning.”

“God has good plans, a good future and it is full of hope, FOR ME.”

“God keeps me in peace, because I think about Him.” 

“He has sent me a helper and I don’t have to do this alone.”  

Remember, God is doing a whole lot more than you or I can see. Focus on the good, and trust God to work things to your benefit and His will.   God's got you friend!

What is one thing you try to focus on when going through a hard time?  Share in the comments to encourage others!


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