I have friends and family going through hard times right now.

Maybe you’re facing some pretty tough days with illness, loss, relationships, or finances?

What do we do when faced with difficult times?

Cling to this verse and remember… The Lord is fighting for ME!

What to do when faced with difficult times - Scripture Photo Exodus 14 - The Lord is fighting for you

The Lord is fighting for you! So be still!
Exodus 14:14 GW

This verse needs to be our banner.

Our theme song, so to speak.

We need to write it down, post it on our mirrors, on our computer screens, on the fridge, over the sink, anywhere we might see it and be reminded.

The Lord is fighting for you! So be still!
Exodus 14:14 GW

Difficult days come out of nowhere and we need to be prepared for them.

Despair can quickly sweep over us when we are in the midst of overwhelming difficulty.  We want answers, we want solutions, we want our situations to change, we want resolution, we want normalcy, we want something other than what we are experiencing.

What to do in the midst of difficult times

When you’re faced with life’s challenges remember…

The Lord is fighting for you!

Right now… in the present… He is fighting for you.

His angel armies have already gone ahead and God is your rear guard.

Though you may not be able to see it… God is fighting for you.

The next sentence in the verse flies in the face of culture.

For me it’s so NOT who I am.

You see I’m a doer… I spin wildly around working hard to make things right.

This admonition….

So be still!

This is hard for me.

How about you?

I’ve been in the process of learning that God delights in working FOR us.

Doesn’t that seem backwards and upside down?

We seem to think that we work for God.

To some degree that is true.

The “work” that God desires from us is obedience.

He is fully complete… He doesn’t need anything from us… let alone having us “work” for Him.

When faced with difficult times.... let God fight for you! - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

So if we’re not to “work”… what then?

  • We need to let God fight for us.
  • We need to quit playing God and let God be God.
  • We need to trust HIM… no matter what.

God delights in our leaning hard on him.

He delights in our stillness.

For in our stillness…

HE works.

It’s in those moments of stillness we, for once, don’t get in his way with our own feeble agenda.

It’s in those moments we see his greatness. His glory. His holiness.

It’s in those moments people who need a glimpse of God’s love, grace, and mercy get more than a glimpse.

It’s in those moments that we become strong.

Unlike the athlete who gets physically stronger by working out, you and I get spiritually and mentally stronger by being still.

It’s God’s upside down way of working for us, in us, and through us.

What do do when life is hard? Just lean hard on God and let HIM fight for you!

Today, I have a choice.  What will I do?

I will do the ONE thing I know to do…

Remember… The Lord is fighting for ME!

And be still.

So what about you?  What challenges are you facing?

Here’s how to handle those inevitable challenges…

  • Get out of the way and let God fight for you.
  • Trust God.  And not second guess Him.
  • Meditate on His word
  • Be ready and obedient to do whatever He asks you to do. 

Are you going to be still and let God fight for you?

What to do when faced with difficult times - JoyDay!

It’s JoyDay!

 
I love JoyDay!  There isn’t anything better than each of us sharing the good things God has done in our lives this week.  Both in the happy and in the challenges.

Will you join with me in counting ‘seven’ from the past week?

I’ll start!

Thank you God for…

  1. Debbi’s successful brain surgery.
  2. 1-year-old Weston getting off oxygen and out of intensive care.
  3. a break from that horrible awful cold virus.
  4. a burst of creativity.
  5. giving me direction.
  6. being able to help my friends clean up following construction.
  7. only having a bruise or two after tripping over an extension cord and falling down.

Now it’s your turn!  

Please join me by tapping in your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below. I dare you!

Last week I asked you to join me in praying for Debbi and Weston.  Thank you for your prayers.  Debbi’s surgery was successful and she’ll be recovering at home over the next six weeks.  Weston’s mommy and big brother are flying back home to AZ today, leaving behind Weston and his daddy.  Baby Weston is being weaned off the strong medication with hopes that he’ll be able to fly home on Thursday.  My unspoken request remains.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave your sweet thoughts.

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Comments

  1. Debbi Saunders says:

    Thank You Lord…
    l. for the healing taking place in baby Weston!!
    2. for faithful friends and prayer warriors!
    3. for my Surgeon and his team!
    4. for my the support of my Son and brother…
    5. for my healing! I am so truly blessed!
    6. for the month of February to recuperate and spend time in my Bible studies and with our Dear Lord!
    7. for continued words of hope and encouragement as the Lord is fighting for me in my job situation!!

  2. Even in this situation with James that has me overwhelmed and confused just trying to keep up with everything I have many things to be thankful for and that being said I need to repent because I haven’t prayed for needs even off my family.I’m thankful Debbi and baby Weston are ok.2.No more running everyday or two to the hospital3.Great nurses with hospice group coming to see James 4.James still being able to get up and into His recliner5.MY son taking me to lunch after church for a needed break6.Great friends letting me know they are there for me7.May of all for Grace.

    • Betty… this is the season for you to rest in God’s goodness and grace. Allow HIM to love and carry you and James through these days. I am sure that when God brings people to mind, you will pray. Your daily needs are so pressing, I have no doubt that all your attention is with James and caring well for him.
      Thank you for sharing your seven. I rejoice with you in all that God is doing. May you be overwhelmed with his love and grace. [hugs]

  3. I too have prayed for Weston. How hard for his Mommy to go back home without him so I pray Weston goes home Thursday as planned, sheltered in a cocoon safe from germs. And Debbi, I have prayed for you and am so greatly thankful you are recooperating!!! The Lord provides.
    1. Sunshine
    2. Ride for Curt to church
    3. Telephone to talk to my mom
    4. Chat with oldest daughter
    5. Food
    6. Gods Word
    7. Hymns that come out and encourage me like today Trust and Obey

    • Yes Gwen, I know it was hard. Grateful to know that “big” brother fell asleep just minutes after the plane took off, today. Thank you for your prayers for baby Weston and Debbi. God is at work in a big way. I rejoice with you at God’s love and care for you this past week. May your new week overflow with God JOY! [hugs]

  4. Amy Kennedy says:

    Thank you God for……
    1. The courage and strength to face each day since the recent very unexpected loss of my Daddy. I not only lost a wonderful father, I lost my Pastor and my best friend.
    2. Our faithful church family.
    3. My wonderful husband and 4 children who help me face each day with crippling arthritis and the things they do to make my easier.
    4. The answered prayer that their is a surgery that can help my sister with chromes disease.
    5. My Mamma’s healthy report from her doctor.
    6. My new found mentor Diane, and all of her wonderful words of encouragement.
    7. Giving your only son so I can have an eternal life in heaven.
    Thank you Diane for the opportunity to share. God Bless You and Yours.

    • Ann…. my heart hurts with yours. My dear father unexpectedly fell and never recovered from the surgery, so I, too, know that pain. I also know those special memories that I continue to treasure in my heart… I’m grateful for the knowledge that our separation is only temporary. Tears come unexpectedly, but so do those treasured memories, and somehow God is in the midst of the hurt and it is enough. Praying you sense His loving balm. May He hold you tight in the days and weeks ahead. And may your week be filled with unexpected God moments and JOY! {{hugs}}

  5. 1. Thank you God for your love and faithfulness to me
    2. Thank you for the most amazing people you have put in my life in the last few months.
    3. Thank you for my friend Scott, for becoming my best friend in a matter of 2-3 months!!
    4. Thank you for AA
    5. Thank you for my son, even though he wants to leave me and go live with his father and his new wife.
    6. Thank you for another day of my father’s health on the uprise!
    7. Thank you for Tammy and Tasha who pray for me through my tears, when I cannot even fathom how to pray!

    • There is something amazing about giving thanks for the not-so-good… somehow in the doing the good rises to the surface. Lisa… your heart is so beautiful. Thank you for giving thanks in our community for the good and the not-so-good. May your week be filled with more goodness and may God’s love and grace fill your heart with JOY!

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