How To Have Peace And Joy In Hard Times


When I get hit by an especially discouraging trial, my two fleshly instincts are, "Oh, no! and "Now what am I going to do?!" Depending on how long I allow my mind to chew on these thoughts, I can really get worked up and feel totally hopeless and overwhelmed.

Yet as God's child, I am not to grieve as those who have no hope. (1 Thess. 4:13) Click here to read more.

18 comments:

  1. Thank you for the beautiful words of truth here today :)

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    1. Thanks, Pam! So glad you were blessed by it! God bless you immensely!

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  2. I love Journaling! It is interesting when I look back through my journals - when times are good, I hardly write anything. But when times are hard - I've written a book!
    Thanks for your post.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I agree, journaling is so therapudic! God bless you enormously!

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  3. OH, this was so needed today. Bless you

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    1. So glad this blessed you! I love how God gives us what we need just when we need it. He is so good! God bless you massively!

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  4. Oh how I love these words from James. It is so hard to do, but we can count it all joy because we have such a beautiful hope in Him!

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! God bless!

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    1. Thanks, Jenifer! I totally agree, "It is so hard to do, but we can count it all joy because we have such a beautiful hope in Him!" Well said! God bless you immeasurably!

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  5. Walking through our trials, pain ans sorrow seeme so easier to bear for we know who walks with us, He holds our hands and never let us drown.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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    1. Yes Mia, I agree, enduring trials with Jesus and the hope we have in Him makes our trials so much easier to endure. I can't even imagine having to go though the headaches and heartaches of life without the ever-presence and promises of Jesus to see me through. God bless you greatly!

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  6. This is a word I need to read again and again! Thank you.

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    1. Oh Karen, I'm so glad this encouraged your heart! God bless you richly!

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  7. Thanks Brooke - I needed this soooo much today. Getting cozy with Ann Voskamp this afternoon as I fight through a trial to His care.
    Joy in the Journey,
    Kathryn Ross at The Writer's Reverie

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    1. Kathryn, I'm so glad this blessed you! I was just listening to Ann Voskamp's audiobook, 1000 Gifts, this afternoon. I'm on chapter three now and loving it so far. God bless you abundantly!

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  8. How encouraging! It makes so much difference when we can say with confidence that God will see us through the trial. The timing may not be what we would choose , but He is always faithful. You've said it well.

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    1. Thanks, Ruth! I agree, "It makes so much difference when we can say with confidence that God will see us through the trial." I really believe that is what set Joshua and Caleb apart from the 10 other spies that returned with them when they all scouted out the promised land. Joshua and Caleb saw challenges to taking the promised land, but nothing too big for God, so they were boldly ready to go in and take the land God promised them. However the other ten spies were confident it couldn't be done and in turn swayed the whole congregation that to go and take the land God promised them would be suicide. So yes, I wholeheartedly agree, "It makes so much difference when we can say with confidence that God will see us through the trial." The more we know God the easier it is to trust Him, and the more confidence we'll put in Him and His promises to us. God bless you extraordinarily!

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  9. I agree - it's not necessarily our first instinct to see the joy in things but it is the best way to deal with tough situations.

    I'd love you to link up this inspired post to my weekly Inspire post. It happens every Monday.

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I'd be happy to! God bless you tremendously!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!