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As I fall asleep at night, as soon as I wake up in the morning, and countless times throughout the day, you and your current struggle have been on my mind. And personally, in my own current life trials, I can relate on so many levels, with so many areas of uncertainty. Questions that are hard to answer. The good news is, when life gets tough, there is an answer.
Guilt. Agony. Shame. Embarrassment. Those are just a few of the feelings we can carry in our hearts from mistakes we’ve made in life. That’s not how God wants us to feel. Have you ever made a mistake and wondered, “How do I forgive myself?”
Have you ever faced times so hard it feels like you’re being pulled out to sea by the undertow and you’re unable to catch a solid breath before the next wave hits? Those times when you feel like you’ve been taken out to sea, yet everyone else is enjoying the tranquility of the beach. When we face difficulties and the loneliness they bring, we have a source that we can turn to so we can learn how to handle hard times.
Wouldn’t it be nice to think that if we love Jesus, we would be exempt from difficulties? Scripture actually tells us we’ll go through hard times. Read more about why bad things happen to Christians and how we can maintain our hope during difficulties.
Have you ever asked the question, “Why pray?” You’re not alone! The enemy of our soul would like for us to think our prayers are futile and that it doesn’t make any difference if we pray because our whole lives are already planned out. But, our growth is dependent on prayer. It’s the fundamental means through which we relate to God.
Why doesn’t God answer my prayers? This frustrating question is one we’ve all asked at some point. But, what if God is answering, just in a different way or a different timeframe than we expect? Read more for ways God answers prayer.
At times, we may become discouraged in our prayer life when we feel like God has not answered our prayers. When we pray, we want God to answer our prayers – the way we want them answered and when! God always answers our prayers. But, what if He doesn’t answer the way we hoped or when? How do we overcome discouragement in prayer and restore our faith?
God created us to be in relationship with Him, and our relationship grows most with Him when we are in prayerful conversation with Him. I have had those times in my prayer life when I’ve been at a loss for words either because of great pain or I am just in awe of the goodness of the Lord. These 10 things to pray when you aren’t sure what to pray will provide a starting point.
Why doesn’t God protect us from pain? It’s a question many ask in the midst of painful circumstances. We may never know the answer to that question but we know that God is faithful and will see us through the difficulties so we don’t have to face pain alone. Read more for 10 Bible Verses that help us maintain hope in the midst of pain.
One of the enemy’s tactics is to use worry, fear, and anxiety to kill our peace. What kind of words are you speaking over your situations? There is power in the words we speak. Read more for how to speak life over your situations so you can walk in peace.
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