What to do when life is hard.

Sometimes God has us in a place or situation we simply wish wasn’t part of our lives. This is a crossroad of trusting faith or discouragement. Seek His reassurances that He does not intend to harm you but to give you a hope and a future. And choose to trust His love for you. 

In Your presence is fullness of joy. — Psalm 16:11
Devotionals Daily

Draw Close to Me
by Sarah Young, from Jesus Today Devotional Journal

Psalm 16:11
Sometimes My Sovereign hand — My control over your life — places you in humbling circumstances. You feel held down, held back, and powerless to change things. You long to break free and feel in control of your life once again. Although this is an uncomfortable position, it is actually a good place to be. Your discomfort awakens you from the slumber of routine and reminds you that I am in charge of your life. It also presents you with an important choice: You can lash out at your circumstances — resenting My ways with you — or you can draw closer to Me.
When you are suffering, your need for Me is greater than ever.
The more you choose to come near Me, affirming your trust in Me, the more you can find hope in My unfailing Love. You can even learn to be joyful in hope while waiting in My Presence — where Joy abounds.
Persevere in trusting Me, and I will eventually lift you up. Meanwhile, cast all your anxiety on Me, knowing that I care for you affectionately and am watching over you continually.
Which of your circumstances are causing you the most discomfort? Surrender each one, beloved. You can trust Me.
Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him. — Psalm 32:10
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. — Romans 12:12
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. — Psalm 16:11
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:6–7
Excerpted with permission from Jesus Today Devotional Journal by Sarah Young, copyright Thomas Nelson.

Where are you uncomfortable and powerless to change the circumstances? Bring that pain before the Lord today. Draw close and lean into His everlasting love and say it again — I trust You, God. Join the conversation on our blog! We want to hear from you about remaining faithful in difficult times! ~ Devotionals Daily 

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