Stuck in the Struggle

6f91610c8fd728dff5e3febf2865628eI can so plainly remember the day. A single day, yet one that stands out among all of my days. The day I said, “Yes” to Jesus. I was little, but I knew Him. My heart still knows Him well.

Being a daughter of Jesus isn’t always easy. In fact, there are times I can remember crying as I was brought to the reality that life is hard and living for Jesus in a world that’s oh so “worldly” is harder.  So easily my mind gets crowded with jobs that must be done, relationships that need to be nurtured, the daily “to-do” lists that never go away, laundry, dishes, cooking, ministry…and have I mentioned Room 117? (See previous posts…) Ultimately this leaves little room at times for the hopes and dreams (that always cause my stomach to turn a little because they seem so big- which isn’t a bad thing!), and the promises from my Heavenly Father that keep my heart held close to His. These are the places my heart and mind should be focused, yet I’m easily caught up in the struggles of day to day living- the must do’s and didn’t do’s and can’t do’s of this crazy life.

Let me encourage you. If you’ve ever found your heart to be heavy because of the burdens this life throws your way, don’t give up your dreams and forget where you’re going. Most often it isn’t the big problems that tear us away from a close relationship with God, but the daily wear and tear of a busy life and mind. So many times I’ve had to boss myself around a little to get back to where I know I need to be- at the feet of Jesus. I know that I can’t hear His voice if my heart and mind are so caught up with all of life’s messes. So, every now and then, I need to step back, take a deep breath, and refocus my heart and mind on Jesus-the author of my story….and your story.

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“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2

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Lord Jesus, thank you for dying so that I may have life. Thank you for the life I live everyday….even the hard moments that attempt to take my eyes off of You. Help me not to get so caught up in my daily struggles that I miss the possibilities of Your promises. Lead me daily back to your arms where I find peace, joy, rest, and reassurance that You have my world in the palm of Your hand. 

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