When life knocks you down, get back up and fight

Encouraging, Faith

 

Life isn’t easy and that honestly goes without saying. It can take next to nothing for our lives to change. From a simple inconvenience to a traumatic event, anything can send our lives spiraling out of control. I think that’s the hardest for me—the moments where I have no control. It takes a lot of faith for me to walk through seasons of my life that feel like complete chaos.

Life will beat you down.

None of us are exempt from hardship. No matter how kind/good we are, at some point, we find ourselves in some sort of battle. It’ll feel like the wind is knocked out of you and all you’ll want to do is catch your breath. The pain will be exposed and the tears will come. 

One thing I’ve learned is that life doesn’t shift to accommodate me. Once I became a mom, my personal life didn’t become easier so I could raise my kids without trouble. I’m sure most of us had to deal with our own difficulties while juggling the effects of a pandemic. Life’s hardships don’t discriminate and it’s extremely common for us to go through problem after problem with no end in sight.

God doesn’t answer us the way we expect.

I’ve been in situations where I felt like I couldn’t take anymore. I’ve pleaded with God to stop the hurt and to get me on the other side of my struggle. But with God, it’s not always black and white. God has made me wait with QUICKNESS! There’s a saying that goes, “hurry up and wait.” God will allow us to go through things where we have no choice but to wait on Him.

If you pray to God for patience, He’ll give you a challenge that causes you to practice patience. If you have an issue with a coworker, God will make it so you’ll end up having to interact even more with that person. God doesn’t take away our problems all the time. He mostly creates scenarios for us to learn the skills to deal with them.

In Matthew 26:39 the account of Jesus says, “And He went a little farther, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” Even Jesus went through suffering but we know what the end result of his suffering was. Romans 8:18 reads,”…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” While we go through things that can break us, it’s nothing compared to the glory we’ll come into once it passes.

Get up and keep fighting!

After Jesus prayed, he got up and kept going. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t tough but he knew there was something much bigger beyond his current circumstances. There’s a lot of things that we go through and because we are overcome by fear and hurt we can’t see the bigger picture. God can take every bad thing that happens to us and turn it around for good(Genesis 50:20). I’m sure we all would prefer that God take our cup of suffering away from us. We would rather never face another battle for the rest of our lives but that’s not going to be our reality.

We find our strength in the Lord. If you have to pray and pray again, then do so but get up. You have a purpose and the trails you face are sometimes a distraction other times its booth camp. Regardless, you can’t give up. There’s a breakthrough on the other side of the storm. You have to keep going even if you don’t know what will happen next, that’s when you rely on your faith.

The enemy would want nothing more than to shut you up and prevent you from reaching your destiny. Some people say his goal is to wear you out. He wants to keep you tired, broken, and panicked. Don’t let him win. Don’t let him take over your mind and have you question God. Fight! We struggle not with flesh and blood(Ephesians 6:12). There’s no use trying to find natural ways to handle spiritual situations. We have to fight using God’s word and prayer. 

2 Chronicles 15:7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up,

for your work will be rewarded.

Don’t give up!

Nothing that we go through will ever be in vain. We have to believe that God is going to use our trials for good even if it doesn’t seem like it at the moment. The hardest thing to do is to press on when you feel like your life is falling apart but that’s when we need to put on the Full Armor of God and head into battle. Turning away from God isn’t going to stop your problems. You’ll still have your struggles, they won’t go away because you quit. He wants you to turn to him.

Isiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

God is with us always. When we face a battle he is right there fighting alongside us. He doesn’t want us to be afraid or overtaken by our own worries. Even when we feel weak, He gives us the strength to keep going, to keep fighting. So keep fighting—whatever storm is raging in your life, keep fighting. God is with you.

No depression, anger, fear, grief, poverty, generational curses, addiction, infertility, loss, struggle, pandemic, sickness, or worry will overtake you. God is on your team and because of that, you can not fail. Fight and send the enemy packing!

I pray that this was an encouragement to you. I pray that God gives you the strength to keep fighting no matter what you’re going through. As always, Hugs and Love.

 


Lost in the choas

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I don’t always feel like a complete failure but when I do, the voices in my head chanting my defeat are deafening. A crippling sense of  utter disaster overtakes me. For a moment I feel suspended in time, then as my heart begins to race, I’m thrusted into a fast paced world of terror.

What does that all mean? It means that you are not alone. Yes, YOU! You know you’ve been there. We all go through times in our lives that leave us breathless for all the wrong reasons. It’s okay to feel claustrophobic out in the open. Some cages can’t be seen.

Society today is unapologetically unaware of all the pressures individuals like me face. Or they blatantly don’t care. Parents, minorities, adults and children in school, people who are told they are way too skinny or way too fat— the list goes on and on, these are societies redheaded step children. Everyday people  deal with seemingly normal problems that they supposedly should be able to fix on their own.

But heres the thing, being on their own is the problem. Mothers can’t express how much they suffer while trying to raise a child without being judged. School kids face pressure from their parents, peers, and social media to be perfect. With no where to turn, many struggle in silence.

You hear it all the time, “It could be worse.” “Someone else has it worse.” That doesn’t make another person’s situation any less of a difficulty. And since when are we in the business of comparing hardships?

I can admit that there’s been moments where I wanted to fade away into the shadows because coming to the realization that my life was a mess, was too hard. Have you ever felt that way? Even your dreams seem comical and unattainable. You have this feeling of not being good enough, so everything that comes from your head seems like a wasteful fantasy.

Time…time is all we need to recenter ourselves, to get our life back on track. A moment of clarity and some positive affirmations to bring our confidence back. Truth is, support is not always easy to come by and at times you’ll have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and it’s going to be hard!

I found myself watching the social media craziness between James Charles and others. The way he spoke, made it seem like the events that transpired gave him thoughts of ending his life. I don’t know him nor did I ever watch his videos before but what he said hurt. It pains me when anyone so overcome by grief thinks not living is a proper solution to their problems.

This great big world can feel so empty and cold. It doesn’t matter if you’re famous or a regular joe. Struggle is guaranteed. I had to learn this the hard way.

If you read my last post and are now reading this one, you might be wondering what the heck is happening to me. Well, reflection happened. I’m a mess but I’ve stumbled upon others who also frequent Hot Mess Avenue and I found it only right to express my thoughts for the sake of helping someone else.

You are awesome!  You can do it! You, my friend, are not alone in this. Everyone goes through some sort of battle and yours is not to be minimized. When doubt fills your head, remember that you have the power to overcome anything. You are STRONG! Hurt doesn’t make you less of a bad ass. Remember all the times you made it through a difficult situation and know you’ll get through anything that comes your way!

 

As always ((HUGGS & LOVE))