When everything is going wrong in your life, do you put your trust in God?
Up until a few years ago, I sure didn’t.
In fact, the way I preferred to deal with things was to pull the proverbial covers over my head and just plain ignore it. Only that didn’t work so well because while I was pretending to ignore all the stress I was feeling, it was actually all I could think about.
I became preoccupied with my challenges and felt completely paralyzed from fear, hopelessness, and sheer exhaustion.
But that was my life before I had a relationship with God.
Today, I’m going to share with you exactly how I have and continue to put my trust in God every single day. How I now find complete peace right in the middle of my pain, and most importantly, how you can too!
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One of the most common questions I get asked is, how do I handle with my chronic illness beating me down over and over again along with all the other real-life issues that keep knocking us down, stressing us out, and leaving us feeling completely helpless, and a lot of the time, even hopeless?
How do I deal with all this mess and still trust God when everything is going wrong? How do I still find peace right in the middle of all this pain?
Honestly, the answer is really pretty simple.
By having a relationship with God.
Cultivating a relationship with God
There’s a difference between knowing God and knowing about God.
Truthfully, until recently, I didn’t realize there was a difference between really knowing God and only knowing about Him.
You see, I’ve known about and believed in Him my entire life, but I had never spent time getting to know who he really is and who I am in Him.
It was when I found a relationship with God that my life changed and I learned to find peace right in the middle of my pain and uncertainty.
So just how do you go about really getting to know God?
In the same way that you would start a relationship with someone you had just met.
You spend time with Him.
Suit up with His Armor
So I just said it’s really easy, but when you start to consider your hectic schedule, the kids, a household to run, a job, and your ever-growing to-do list, it doesn’t seem quite so simple, does it?
Then add to that the emergencies, the hurt, pain, the everyday challenges… well it seems almost impossible.
But here’s the thing…This is the most important relationship in your life!
Above your spouse, your family, ministry and work, this is the relationship you really should be cultivating. (Hint: when you have a real relationship with God, the love continues to flow over into your other relationships too!)
Starting your day with God helps ground you and prepare you for the day ahead.
You’ve heard of putting on the armor of God, right?
If you haven’t, it simply means that you are using God’s amazing strength to cover you for the day, to fight against anything the enemy tries so hard to defeat you with.
Ephesians 6:11-13 (NLT) tells us,
11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
When you start your day with God, you’re building a solid foundation on Him and absolutely nothing of this earth can destroy you!
I know, I know, it’s tough to do when you’re up the minute the alarm goes off and immediately running around like a crazy person all day long.
But again, I say…
This is the most important relationship in your life and if you want to learn how to trust in God when everything is going wrong, then having an actual relationship with Him is crucial in your journey.
Sacrificing your time
I can’t count the number of times that I’ve thought to myself, “I’ve got too much to do today, so I’ll just catch up with God tomorrow.”
Is that what you’re thinking right about now?
- That when the enemy tries to throw something at you, you can’t be defeated – not with God by your side, protecting you and guiding you.
- You need Him more than you need air to breathe (which is something I tell Him often).
- You’ll begin to feel His Presence with you always.
- His words will cover and soothe you.
- You’ll learn to automatically turn to Him throughout your day.
Where to start
- Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and get everything set up the night before so that you’re ready to go as soon as you wake up.
- Get yourself a devotional, prayer journal (it can even be a notebook that you having laying around) Bible, highlighter, and pen. You’ll find my favorites on Amazon (under prayer and devotional time) or DaySpring. Also, be sure to check out How to Choose the Best Prayer Journal to make sure you’re getting one that works best for you.
Then simply start!
- Read the day’s devotion and any scripture that goes along with it.
- Highlight what resonates with you and write it down in your prayer journal.
- List everything you’re thankful for that day.
- Write out your prayers.
Writing down your prayers may seem odd (I know it did to me at first.), but I’m here to tell you, it really helps solidify what you’re discussing with God. It helps to create a deeper connection with Him.
It’s also incredibly helpful to be able to refer back to when you need it. (Hint: Keep an index in your prayer journal to make it easier to reference.)
If you’re short on time
What about those days when you truly don’t have time to sit down with God in the morning?
With technology in our back pockets, it’s never been easier to spend time getting to know God.
You can listen to a podcast on your way into work, while you’re making breakfast, packing the kids lunches, driving to carpool, or folding the laundry. (My favorite is The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey)
Another great alternative is to download your favorite devotional to your phone. Then you can quickly read it before heading out in the morning and also have it to easily reference anytime you need.
I still encourage you to sit down with God and a devotional, at least, several times/week, but listening to a podcast on your morning commute or having your favorite devotional right on your phone is a great way to suit up when you simply don’t have time in your morning.
Count your blessings
What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?
Do you typically start your prayers by asking of Him?
If so, you’re not alone!
Until I really got to know God, that’s all my prayers consisted of…asking for everything I thought I needed and definitely what I wanted.
You see, when you start thanking Him for all the amazing blessings He’s given you, your perspective begins to change. You begin to see that what’s going on in your life really isn’t so bad.
Sure, you may be in a difficult season right now, but it’s merely a blip in time, and you have far more blessings in your life than you do difficulties.
The more time you spend thanking God than asking of Him, the more your troubles begin to pale in comparison to the many blessings He gives you each and every day.
So start your prayers by thanking rather than asking yet one more thing of Him. Write out your blessings in your prayer journal or use our free printable, I am blessed, which can be accessed in our community library.
Speaking to Him throughout your day
God did not plan for us to live our life on our own. He knows how difficult it is and wants us to rely on Him.
He created us to “do life” with Him.
Just starting your day with Him is not enough. Speak to Him throughout your day. A quick thank you for something or someone that comes into your life.
Perhaps even a simple, “Lord, I need you right now,” or “Jesus, I don’t know how to do this on my own. Please open my heart to you and guide me along the right path.”
Learning to trust in God means reaching out to Him all day long.
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. Ephesians 3:17 NLT
This was (and sometimes still is) the hardest part for me.
After all, it’s when things are completely out of control that we hold on tighter, hoping to better manage our difficulties.
It’s scary to think that we just hand something over to someone else, but who best to handle our life than The One who created us? The One who knows us better than we know ourselves.
Society tells you how important it is to have control over everything in your life and offers countless books and articles on how you can best attain that.
And where do they tell you to begin? With yourself!
Though I agree there are things in your life you can control, there are far more that you can’t. And those are the things you simply have to hand over to God.
Because truthfully, no amount of worry is going to change the outcome!
So let go and give your concerns to God!
When you do, life will become simpler. You’ll begin to breathe again. You’ll start enjoying this life He created you for and finally begin to find peace right in the middle of your pain.
Start by praying,
“Jesus, I don’t have to know the big picture, only the next step. I ask that you guide me and show me the way.”
I promise my friend, by relinquishing control, you’ll find the freedom you’ve never had before, and let me tell you, it is absolutely glorious!
Embrace the challenges
They do not fear bad news. They confidently trust the Lord to care for them. Psalm 112:7
It probably seems crazy to think that you would embrace the challenges in your life, or even crazier, consider that you’d choose to go through them all over again to get to where you are right now.
But as sure as I’m typing this, I know you’ll come to feel that way too.
The struggle with my chronic migraines has been long and it’s been one of the most difficult seasons in my life, but I’d go through every painstaking step again because it is in that season where I found my relationship with God.
It is in that challenge where I found the freedom in relinquishing that which I could not control, where I learned to put my complete trust in Him, that nothing could destroy me, and that it is possible to be happy no matter what is going on in my life.
I have no doubt that after really getting to know who God is, you’ll learn to embrace your challenges too. You’ll begin to see them for what they really are…opportunities!
Opportunities that will help you grow and to see all that God is capable of. Opportunities that will teach you that with God by your side, you are capable of far more than you ever thought possible. An occasion to see God’s big, beautiful plan for you played out.
My friend, God never promised smooth sailing. He never promised that life would be easy for you.
What He has promised is that He will never leave you, He will never let anything destroy you, and that He created you for something special that only you can do.
Focus on what He has promised you and not on the how and when.
All He wants is for you to have faith in Him and to live your life with Him by your side.
It takes a sacrifice of your time, and a whole lot of patience (Something I’ve really had to learn myself!).
It means that every time you begin to worry or feel lost and hopeless, you’ll need to remind yourself to stop, whisper His name, and breathe Him in so you can feel His Peace flow over you.
So for a quick recap, to learn how to put your trust in God even when everything is going wrong,
- Spend time suiting up in His Mighty Armor first thing in the morning.
- Practice talking to Him throughout your day.
- Thank Him for all He has and continues to bless you with.
- Relinquish control and give it all to Him.
It won’t take long and you won’t even have to think about doing these things. It’ll come naturally and you’ll realize later that He’s the One you went to first! He’s The One you learned to put your complete trust in!
You’ll begin to see challenges as opportunities instead of feeling so lost, hopeless and beat down. You’ll stop fearing the next emergency that’s sure to come.
And most importantly, you’ll learn to find peace right in the middle of your mess!
Then grab your Bible, highlighter, and pen and get to know who God really is!
I’d love to hear from you today. Comment below and tell me one blessing that He has given you this week!
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