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Have you ever had one of those days where you just wanted to curl up and be?  Or get into your car and drive off and stay wherever the fuel ran out?  Are you tired of trying and feel like giving up?  Is it all getting too much?

Having faith in God during difficult times can be incredibly hard.  Is it just me or is survival and to continue becoming increasingly difficult? Hardships (ranging from emotional, financial, health, death, and broken relationships) befall every person.  No one is excluded from it because we are living in a fallen world – Christians and non-Christians alike. In all areas, it seems as if things are worsening daily.

Or … are we just are worn down and tired?  Listening to all the problems, election time, strikes, violence, famine and so forth.  Surely we as children of God must be strong and just go on?  As children of the highest God, surely we must have enthusiasm and “woema” to go on and not give up?  Is it so easy?

Nowhere has God promised us an easy life.  A key for survival is to follow your faith, not your feelings. Choose to believe God’s promises that He is always in control of your life.  No matter how you may feel when going through hardships, there is always hope.

Your feelings are completely unreliable factors on which to base your decisions.  Our feelings are constantly changing and can be flawed and even irrational. When you’re going through tough times, base your decisions on biblical truth, rather than on your emotions.

During tough times, it’s especially important to stay connected to God through prayer and reading His Word, the Bible.  Whether you and I may not think so, we need God in our lives!

I honestly don’t know how people not having a relationship with God get through the hard times.  If I feel like giving up, I ask myself the question: “Does it have eternal value?”  If the answer is no, then I let it go… or try to.  If it is in my ability to change the situation, then I will do it.

If I can’t, then I make peace with it and trust God to sort it out.  It really is as easy as that, let it go… We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we certainly can control our attitude.  If we trust the Holy Spirit to help us to have peace that surpasses the mind, then we become stronger.

We are responsible for our decisions, just so to choose to worry, or not!  You are responsible for your actions and feelings.  Choose to believe God’s promises, and lean not on your own understanding.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

{2 Chronicles 20:15} “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

If God himself commands us not to worry, then why do we still do?  May I answer for myself?  Because I want to be in control, and it cannot. If we do not allow God to be in control, then we will never be happy, or have complete peace that does not make sense.

I listened to a song:  You never failed me yet!  Walking through these walls, I thought by now they would have fallen, but You have never failed me yet!

Trust God, not people!

We cannot depend on other people for our happiness, it comes from within.  You have to seek it, it is there.  Trust God to show you the way.

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