We’re counting on You to keep us safe. As I sat there savoring the last glimmers of sunlight, I asked myself: What have I been stopping to savor in place of moments like these? He is the God of the impossible! “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Prayers for you and your family! Thankfully, God doesn’t change when our circumstances change. All of these Bible verses are great to have marked off in your Bible. But then the fear creeps in. I am a wife, mother, and passionate follower of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our role in all of this is to find a way to delight in the Lord, but obviously, when the world is crumbling around us that isn’t always easy. I get to spend my days around little children with pure hearts who see the world innocent and full of promise. The very nature of what has happened IS an attack on the things we hold most dear. Adversity is one of God’s most effective tools for strengthening our faith. Christina Patterson. You may believe on a surface level that you are loved by God, but let me tell you, going through a hard time is usually the time when we begin to question God's love. As the Psalm 37 message continues, we have to circle back to that delight. Help us to never grow complacent when things settle down and the “crisis” has passed, but keep our progress steady so that we will win the race! Did you see it? And a personal relationship with Christ is the only way to have that kind of unshakeable joy through all circumstances (you can read more about that here). We can simply trust in the Lord and focus on living in obedience to Him. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (. In this inspiring video, AWR's Cami Oetman shares an inspiring story from 9/11. God has worked many miracles in our life and marriage since then, and grown a ministry committed to helping others find the healing in Christ that changed our story forever! You have to bring these truths into your life. 3 Secrets to Trusting God During Difficult Times. Trusting God When Times are Hard Recently, I was reading the story of King Hezekiah and was captivated by his trust of God. Would you like to join our secret Facebook support group? What delighted me about Him on the good days is still true of Him on the bad. It’s hard to understand this twisted, fallen, broken world and the people that make it that way. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or … Well, the pain is easier to discover, especially when we overcrowd our hectic lives with activity. I have a hard time trying to reconcile a good and loving God with the hurt and dysfunction we encounter day in and day out. 2017 Dec 22; Share Tweet. But that growth only came because I chose to spend time studying the Bible each day, trusting that God would give me the insight I needed. There’s that word delight again, only this time we’re told that it’s God who delights in us! It’s easy to feel like God’s got you when you’re on your knees in your quiet place. That’s why it is in the quiet and stillness that we can see them appear—like rabbits that suddenly materialize on a grassy field at twilight. Tell Him what you’re really thinking and feeling. We’re tempted to believe that when life is hard it’s somehow an indication that God has abandoned us, or that He is untrustworthy. Who is good, and who is wicked? Think of Jesus after He was betrayed by Judas. When I'm enduring a trial I have to regularly quiet my heart: to let out the surge of emotion that's building; and to allow God to replenish my soul with reminders of the beauty that is happening in my little world. As I fly into the air, I squeal with… you guessed it… delight! As a Bible teacher, author and professional Christian life coach, Alicia Michelle empowers women to cultivate a closer walk with Christ through her Connected Bible Community, and other 5Rs Bible Study™ resources; and to find life balance and overcome negative thought patterns through her signature coaching programs (Reset Life Balance Group Coaching; The Mindset Makeover). Saying we trust God is one thing, but when we really trust Him and lean on Him, we enter His rest. All rights reserved. So let’s get right to these 4 practical steps to trust God completely. The Lord directs the steps of the godly.He delights in every detail of their lives.Though they stumble, they will never fall,for the Lord holds them by the hand. I could either keep looking inside at what wasn’t right with my circumstance or look up and trust God knowing He would bring me through. It’s an important aspect of learning how to trust God in difficult times. Copyright © 2020 His Dearly Loved Daughter Ministries. Not because they are good, but, honestly, because sometimes it feels good to feel sorry for ourselves. Trusting God at all Times. Thankfully, God doesn’t change when our circumstances change. Let me tell you–if we allow our thoughts to habitually linger on the “what ifs,” we will cripple our ability to trust God during hard times. It is better to be godly and have littlethan to be evil and rich.For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the Lord takes care of the godly.Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.They will not be disgraced in hard times;even in famine they will have more than enough…. When finances are tight, worship more to proclaim that God is strong and loving enough to provide for you. Unspeakably amazing gifts of God that we would not have received any other way than to walk through this trial. Solomon says: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5). Allow us to see the wicked destroyed – to see their power and influence in our lives absolutely demolished! Remember God’s Character. * This site uses cookies, affiliate links, and ads by Google. I've bolded those sections because I believe they are the final missing piece to how we discover joy in trials. Thank-you Angie! What delighted me about Him on the good days is still true of Him on the bad, and when my delight is in the Lord, I find that the desires of my heart suddenly begin to align with His own. What joy there is in that truth! He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)” Faith is what helps us trust God in difficult times. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. It was a hard time. He is our fortress, our guide and our light. This amazing Bible study is exactly what you need right now to stay strong through this difficult trial. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to have all the answers, but you are trusting God to take care of you. If you were blessed by this article, please save and share it on social media using the buttons below, or post our quotes to Twitter by clicking the “click to tweet” boxes in the body of the post. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. Why not pick up one or both of these journals right now? is possible for any of us. But it is a lie. He can break through every obstacle. The pit of despair just got deeper and deeper. After facing an intimate betrayal, or any other trial for that matter, we all have to figure out how to trust God in difficult times. You have to take action. I am sorry for this difficult and trying time you are going through. She also shares how God is our friend and does not want us to fear in the midst of trouble! Not only that, but these verses are a precursor to trusting God at all times. These tiny treasures aren’t loud and obnoxious, and maybe that’s why we so easily miss them. And because God is involved in the details, I am safe and secure. The Lord sends adversity to help us, not to hurt us. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Keep us from rushing ahead in our own strength or lagging behind in fear and doubt. How to Trust God During Difficult Times. Be still in the presence of the Lord,and wait patiently for him to act.Don’t worry about evil people who prosperor fret about their wicked schemes. Over and over again we learn how to trust God through difficult times. Read this article to find the answers. (I'm guessing that you could use a hefty dose of God's love right now?) @craiggroeschel . Teach us to abide in Your presence. You'll walk away with a tangible list of ways that God’s love can change your life, right now! Give us the victory Lord because of Your great name! What a comfort that is! Excruciating. Being still before Him is one way to truly “delight” in Him, and it is a wonderful way to align our desires with His, and to deepen our trust in Him! He had to suffer the greatest agony any person has ever suffered, you and I have the opportunity to be saved. Then the God of peace will be with you.”, we're learning what it really means to count it all joy, GO HERE TO GET STARTED IN THE “I AM LOVED” BIBLE STUDY. Whispering a prayer for you today. You need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are fully and completely loved by God (and the “I am Loved” Bible Study Course will help you discover that truth like never before). They speak softly—so softly that its easy to wonder if they’re even there. And maybe we somehow feel that meditating on the “what ifs” brings a bit more control to the chaos. It may sound cliche, but really, one of God's best gifts to us through this trial is that we're learning what it really means to count it all joy. Thank-you!! We wander in the future without God (a place we were never intended to go) because it's really difficult to trust God through a trial! Even though that is a POWERFUL truth, it still isn’t easy for me to be still in the presence of the Lord. Won't you take that step today? He is the same great God in the valleys of life that He was on the mountaintops. What would your list look like? It’s a special kind of rest that you can have even in the middle of difficult circumstances. We need not be shaken. He will take care of the wicked. God doesn't change when circumstances change. Trusting God in difficult times forces us to seek His guidance, and to trust in Him. Trusting God through these uncharted waters takes faith and courage, but is worth every effort. We love You! Make a list of the things you appreciate about your life--even if it is as basic as a roof … Thank you for giving up your life to teach me.”. ** Pictures and images designed using resources from Pixabay.com and Freepik.com. How adaptable. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Here I was, teaching about faith and praying for sick people to be healed, and I got sick. Once I was young, and now I am old.Yet I have never seen the godly abandonedor their children begging for bread.The godly always give generous loans to others,and their children are a blessing. I certainly hope I am slowly but surely reflecting Him more and more to the world around me. We see them when we slow down enough to notice their presence. Like the fears of the future. You have to choose to spend time with Him, allowing Him to teach you about His unshakeable joy and peace. There is so much chaos in the world. That ability to thrive (and not just survive) a trial is founded on three principles that we've discovered as we've learned about trusting God through difficult times. Help us to turn from evil and do good, and we humbly ask that You would help those we love to do the same. The Psalm 37 message teaches us to delight in the Lord, it reminds us of the ultimate fate of both the wicked and those who choose to follow God, it reassures us that the Lord is fighting for us, but most important, it shows us exactly how to trust God in difficult times. Trusting can be hard at the best of times, but trusting God in difficult times is considerably harder. So when he pressures of seminary come, worship more. It's called the Spiritual Growth Rhythm, and you can learn more about it here in this video. Surrender it to God.. What will life look like in a month, in six months, in a year. I don’t know about you, but for me one of the biggest road-blocks between me and trusting God in difficult times is confusion. But part of trusting God is learning to let go of those impulses to defend ourselves. Thanks Heather! Are you guilty of this too from time to time? Lord, I … You've got nothing to lose! How to Let Go of Control in a Relationship. I feel encouraged to trust God with my heart and with the outcome of the situation. Great job! Alicia is a wife to her best friend and husband of 19 years, and a mom of four very vibrant children (ages 17 to 8). It is so hard to trust God in difficult times. I have seen wicked and ruthless peopleflourishing like a tree in its native soil.But when I looked again, they were gone!Though I searched for them, I could not find them! And even as you ride out the winds and waves, remember he still speaks PEACE. God wants to be your Jehovah-Jireh, your provider. There is nothing I want more than to represent Him well in this dark world, but it’s an impossible task without His Spirit leading me in it! It’s hard to figure out who my enemies are, and who I can trust. A year ago, my first reaction would have been to panic or to become anxious and overwhelmed. We do learn over and over – each situation seems to deepen the lessons. Discovering Jehovah Rapha – The God Who Heals, Affair Recovery for the Betrayed and the Betrayer. Why don’t we spend more time savoring the good? As we make Your law our own, give us the wisdom to offer good counsel to those who come behind us so that we can help to teach them right from wrong, especially when it comes to our children! Let this Bible study on love transform this difficult time into a season of beautiful spiritual growth! He hears your prayers even in the dark times when He seems absent and silent. And yet, the sun does it every day. It will show you exactly what to study each day, slowly allowing God's life-changing wisdom to change you from the insight out (and give you the strength and stamina you need for trusting God through this difficult time). Our role in all of this is to find a way to delight in the Lord, but obviously, when the world is crumbling around us that isn’t always easy. However, it is in the times we grow closer to God. When we come to make the Word of God the basis and foundation for our lives, our everyday go-to for direction and comfort, then we sustain the strength to trust God in our difficult times. Help us to seek You through Your Word. 100 percent. Because even when I’m falling, when I’m in my Father’s hands there is joy. The intimacy of this passage gives me chills. All I can do is fall on my knees and ask Him to help me. We don’t have to argue our case. You pointed out such an important part of difficult times – confusion. See, you and I don’t need to worry about the wicked. Are you a betrayed wife who is fiercely committed to seeking and following God as you heal? When I discovered my love’s betrayals I went through a time when I felt as if I had to figure out if he was wicked, as this passage describes, or if he was simply tormented by the wicked (as in the evil forces of darkness). I haven’t experienced betrayal to the level you have, but I have definitely felt very hurt and discouraged at times with some of my closest relationships. That's why I want to give you a SIMPLE, EASY way to grow closer to God through daily Bible study. Having faith in God during difficult times can be incredibly hard. Letting God Lead in a Hard Times. Transform your mind and your spirit as you apply the power of God's love to your life. Isn’t that the truth! In case you think it's easy for me to share about this topic because our family is no longer walking through those trials, I want you to know that we're currently battling unemployment. Pray with Faith. Psalm 37 is a wonderful guide and you broke it down so well. I am sorry that you are going through such a trying time. WE don’t need to figure it out. Listen, friend, I've walked these same difficult roads and I know how AWFUL it can be to deal with tragedy and heartbreak. It is remarkable how resilient God made us. God’s purpose for allowing pain is to achieve something good. The godly offer good counsel;they teach right from wrong.They have made God’s law their own,so they will never slip from his path...Put your hope in the Lord.Travel steadily along his path.He will honor you by giving you the land.You will see the wicked destroyed. RSS this blog Archives Contributors. This storm will not last forever dear girl. Ep 87: 5 Soul Care Gifts to Give Yourself This Year, Pt 4: Manage Negative Thoughts, Ep 86: 5 Soul Care Gifts to Give Yourself This Year, Pt 3: Practice Self-Compassion, Ep 85: 5 Soul Care Gifts to Give Yourself This Year, Pt 2: Choose Honest Reflection, Ep 84: 5 Soul Care Gifts to Give Yourself This Year, Pt 1: Cultivate Margin + Solitude, Ep 83: ADD: 3 Steps to Manage Your Emotions for More Calm + Better Decision Making. We find shelter in You. I love to think of the difficult times in life as a sort of stumble, and to picture His hand lifting me in the air like a toddler holding onto her daddy’s hand. Because God has been faithful in our past, we can trust Him with our future. What a beautiful post about trusting God during our difficult times. Honor our obedience by giving us the desires of our heart. But you have to do your part. 4 Practical Steps to Trust God Completely 1. Earlier I said that as we’re learning how to trust God in difficult times, Psalm 37 can offer a wonderful template to help us craft some prayers for an anxious heart. This is a beautiful verse, but I believe many miss the true power of this verse because they stop at verse 7. Be grateful. When we surrender to His will the results are far better than when we bulldoze our way through to get results. What good things can you savor instead of the bad? You can't just read the words in this post and click away and hope things change. Really REALLY good!!! Don’t Go it Alone. Step 1: Don’t Fret. In fact, we’re far better off if we don’t. Sharing today. It can be so hard to sort through everything is and isn’t happening in those times. First, we must acknowledge and release our fears. **Find our full privacy policy and disclosure statement here. You're good. God does understand, and He is acting. They are rich milestones stockpiled in my mind of all the times God came through for us. God Will Provide As You Trust Him Through the Hard Times One truth we've seen proven over and over as we trust God through hard times: God is faithful. Let’s look at this next section of Psalm 37 and then offer a prayer inspired by its words. I can’t remember the last time I did that. His prayer said it all. We can simply trust in the Lord and focus on living in obedience to Him. The way my husband and I always hold hands in bed before going to sleep; How my nine-year-old lights up when I ask if she’d like a cup of tea; My five-year-old’s adorable furrowed brow when he’s confused about something; The way all six of us snuggle in bed as we read a bedtime story; The always-happy-to-see-me greeting from my two faithful Labradors; My twelve-year-old’s dedicated work ethic (which reminds me of his father); The “mystery” card left on my pillow that said, “I love you mom. You need to lean fully on Him so that He can give you the strength to endure. Copyright 2013-2020 Vibrant Christian Living. That’s scary. This life is sure is confusing, and even when I think I’ve finally learned a lesson, something else will happen to throw it all into confusion again. this Bible study is exactly what you need! You love me. But I am glad that you know a God who can manage it all! How could I know for sure? Friends, we get lost in the sorrow. Instead, He very clearly showed me what to say: "God, I trust You. In this video episode Cami will share three keys she has learned to help us trust God in difficult times. All rights reserved. Learning to trust God in difficult times includes being patient with His timing and His will. . Learn how your comment data is processed. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Jesus Christ is our Shepherd. It’s so true. I’m a take charge kinda girl. As host of the Vibrant Christian Living Podcast, she inspires thousands of women each week with practical tips and powerful inspiration on how they can create the life of their dreams and live out God’s best plan for their lives. Entering God’s Rest. He has promised never to leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). And as we obey, Lord, keep Your promises to us. Earlier I touched on the importance of being sure my delight is in the Lord. And we have been unemployed for over 17 months now. I am a wife, mother, and passionate follower of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Your email address will not be published. How do we trust God amidst the crisis and confusion we find ourselves in? I want to show you that yes, it is possible to have HOPE and JOY when you're trusting God through a difficult time. It gets my mind off my problems and puts my focus on God. 100 percent. If they’re not happening on their own, I’ll do what I need to do to make things happen. They get crowded out in the mad jumble of a hurried life. We can use the words of this amazing Psalm to guide us as we seek to delight ourselves in the Lord. Pin one of these Images to Pinterest so you can find it any time you want! You have to make a decision not to worry. Surrender it to God. This one is especially encouraging. You need God's healing touch in your life to not only give you the strength to keep going but to bring clarity, purpose and growth through this time. We’re called to follow His example. Your posts are always encouraging. If you're questioning God's love (or wonder if He's abandoned you during this awful time), this Bible study is exactly what you need! Just remember…that is the key word…THROUGH! Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Look at those who are honest and good,for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.But the rebellious will be destroyed;they have no future. I want to share with you what we've learned about having faith in God through difficult times. * Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Now and forever. But I want to testify that trusting God in difficult times (even finding joy through trials!) But the problem is that the longer we hang out here the more familiar the thoughts become. Don’t worry about the wickedor envy those who do wrong.For like grass, they soon fade away.Like spring flowers, they soon wither.Trust in the Lord and do good.Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.Take delight in the Lord,and he will give you your heart’s desires. That's why today I highly encourage you to get the “I am Loved” Bible Study Course. But we're being blessed with many priceless spiritual treasures as we're learning about trusting God during difficult times. They make such a difference! Because He was willing to trust God and wait for Him to act, you and I have the opportunity to be saved!!!! But the only way to truly trust God is that you have to decide to trust God. Not just someone, the God of the universe delights in the details of my life! Then, once we have this clean slate, we must regularly “fix our thoughts” (which sounds a whole lot like “savoring,” don't you think?) The Lord delights in every detail of our lives! David knew that it is hard to avoid fretting. I especially appreciate the prayers! The reality of it doesn’t exactly make trusting God in difficult times an easy task. It's right that we have so many friends and family who are praying for us daily. How Do You Praise God In Difficult Times? 5 Steps for Trusting in God’s Plan During Difficult Times Accept where you are.. I know because my husband and I have had to trust God through hard times on several occasions: And today, I want to teach you the practical insights I've learned so that you can stay strong during this trial and trust God despite the difficulties! I wondered why this happened. “Heavenly Father, we need Your help as we seek to honor You. When tough times hit whether it’s financial, physical, mental or spiritual, it can make it harder to trust God. Thanks Kate! Nothing – truly trusting God in difficult times brings such peace. Bible Verse about How to Trust God in Difficult Times “Be strong and courageous. 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