“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 There are so many people right now who are having to deal with some type of crisis, whether it be financial, an illness or physical limitation, being a single parent for what ever reason, or even losing the love of your life to divorce or death. Even knowing that the Bible says we will suffer, that doesn’t make it any easier and none of these are any fun to go through.
God has taught me these survival tips.
Honey, Hold on to Him for dear life! Acknowledge your dependence on Him and trust Him alone! Proverbs 3:5-6 God has got this!! Put your hope in God and in His promises. If you don’t know what those promises are start reading your Bible more carefully, seeking those promises.
Pray!! Take everything to Him in prayer. Wear those knees of yours out!! Cry out to Him and seek His wisdom and direction. Ask Him to make you more godly during this time.
Remember that God can solve your problem in an instant, but He is more concerned with your relationship with Him. Let Him teach you what you need to learn. He loves you more than you know.
Give!!! Give with a cheerful heart because God has met all your needs. I’m not talking just money here. Give of your time and talents. Give because God gave His all for you.
Serve. Serve Jesus and others. Put them above you and your needs and your problems won’t seem quite so big. Not big at all.
Testify. Tell others how Jesus is working in your life today. Tell of the small need He met. Tell of the Bible verse He sent at just the right moment. Tell of the answered prayer request. Just tell!! Enjoy the simple pleasures of life. At my worst moment of my crisis I would not allow myself to enjoy the simple pleasure of picking wild flowers that grew in my yard. Now that is sad! God made those for me to enjoy. That was my loss. Find contentment in the “new normal.” No, it’s not what you are use too, but it is how it is now. Be thankful for what you do have. Things could always be worse. Things will get better.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say rejoice. Learn the difference between joy and being happy. There is a huge difference.
Hope these helped!!
Father, Suffering is no fun. No fun at all! You warned us that we would suffer. But you also told us that You would never leave us or forsake us. I cling to that promise today.
Read: Psalm 113
About the Author: Hello Y’all, I’m Jayne Evans, just an ordinary housewife with a husband, who I will affectionately call My Man, 3 kids, Will, Kathy, and Dillon, a dog and 5 cats. We live in the country in Georgia. There are two things I love to do. Study God’s word and take care of my family and home. While I have been taking care of my home, God has been taking care of my heart. I want to share with you some of the things He has taught me over the years, and some ways you can use your home to share Jesus. You can join me at my website hisheartandhome.com. Welcome to my home.