How to Deal with Life’s Difficult Moments
By Jaunyce Priester
Life is challenging. It brings stress. It brings frustration. It brings turmoil. It sucks sometimes. There is nothing we can do to change what life brings. Life is life.
It sometimes feels like life will take us out. Stuff happens that leaves us disappointed, hurt, frustrated, confused. Some of these things happen without us even prompting it.
Jesus knew this would be the case long before we even got here. John 16:33 says, "...In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Yes, life can be all the things I mentioned above, but we are not slaves to life. We are free in Christ, Jesus! Because He has overcome this world, We can walk in that.
There are times when I am not satisfied with where I am in life; I sometimes deal with a great weight of disappointment in myself and my current situation. I have so many moments where I feel stressed, overwhelmed, unhappy, and discontent.
I also have moments of deep loneliness. Not because I don’t have a man (even though I don’t) but, because I desire a deeper connection with those I call friends. I often times feel as though I am doing life alone and not with those I love.
These are the troubles Jesus was referring to when he told Peter and the disciples to take heart!
To be honest, I was not always confident in this promise. My conversations with Jesus went a little something like this, "Papa, this verse was specifically referring to a certain situation the disciples were facing. Can I really apply this to me?"
The Holy Spirit responded to me saying "Jaunyce, all those years ago when Jesus died on the cross he was specifically thinking of you. When he said that to the disciples, he was also specifically thinking about the trouble you would face today."
The suckiness of life will never change, the key is how we respond to it!
The only way to change our response is to change our perspective. We must ask Him to take us on the journey of focusing on Jesus and His promises and not our problems at work, at school, in our relationships, or in our families.
This takes time and intention.
Here are five ways to accept life’s difficult moments:
1. Acknowledge that the situation sucks and share your true feelings with God (Psalm 55:22).
2. Acknowledge the good in the situation (Philippians 4:8).
3. Make a decision to live according to God’s promises for you and not based on how the situation makes you feel (flesh) (2 Corinthians 5:7).
4. Continue to renew your mind by reading and mediating on God’s word (Romans 12:2; Hebrews 4:12).
5. Realize you can do nothing without the help of the Holy Spirit. Stay dependent on God (Proverbs 3:5).
Make a conscious decision to walk in the freedom of an overcomer. This is one of the many things Jesus died for us to have, let's accept his gift!
My heart’s desire is that this will be one of the best weeks of your life, not because of what happens but because of the peace you have accepted as you accept God’s promise for you.
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