Everyone Struggles

3 Sep

Everyone struggles.

Everyone.

Sometimes the struggles are evident and easy for all to see. They are “in your face”, blatant. Raw.

Sometimes the struggles are more subtle.

Either way, the days can seem so very hard.

There are times in life when we find ourselves walking in the valley. In this deep valley the shadows are long. The path ahead is rough and hard and it is easy to trip in the darkness. Bruised and broken.  Moving forward, but still holding on to the past.

Life is hard. It always is.

A former pastor once said, “In life, there are three places…When we are heading into a difficult time, we’re in the middle of a difficult time, or just coming through a difficult time.” It’s true.

I don’t like the difficult times. No one does. I fight through them.

The battles leave me weary.

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I’m not the only one who has ever walked through the valley…it seems that David also understood. These life struggles are nothing new.

 

Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer.

 From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
 For you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.

 I long to dwell in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Psalm 61:1-4 NIV

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5 Responses to “Everyone Struggles”

  1. Steven Sawyer September 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Dawn,
    Been there. Done that. Those days are horrible. Sometimes they last more than a day. Sometimes the struggles last a week or weeks. I have always liked these verses from Isaiah 43 at those times:
    I have called you by name; you are Mine!
    “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
    When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
    Nor will the flame burn you.
    “For I am the Lord your God,
    The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
    I know sometimes in a struggle scripture doesn’t seem to help, but I always like to hear it when I’m struggling.
    I’m sorry you’re struggling. I’ll pray that God shows you what He wants you to learn while you’re wading through and that you’ll trust Him in the midst of it. God bless you, my friend.

    • Pat October 23, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      Yes indeed those scriptures in Isaiah have brought me through a hard place many times!!!

      • Steven Sawyer October 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

        Wonderful. Me too. God bless. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. ebonywomanofgrace September 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Dawn,
    It seems many of us are going through “a season of distress.”
    These are times of “spiritual warfare,” and the enemy is battling for our souls. But we are “more than conquerors through Him that loves us.” We must GO THROUGH to GET TO the place of rest and restoration.

    Be still, my sister and pray fervently during this time, and know that you are thought of more often than you know.

  3. ebonywomanofgrace October 23, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Reblogged this on Life and Grace.

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