There are just those days in life when we don’t think we will make it through the day. We can’t concentrate, may experience heavy breathing, are anxious, restless, and overcome with fear.
We ask some close friends to pray for us. We pray too. Read our Bible and then set out for the day believing that everything will be alright. Yet sitting at our desk, when doing dishes, taking care of the kids, or on our morning commute we begin to think, and that usually starts our trouble.
We may think about the fight we had the night before, about the fight that might be waiting for us when we get home, we may wonder if he really meant it when he said he was leaving, or if our grown child will ever call. Our mind becomes busy with thoughts that we can’t control. Somewhere in the middle of it all we wonder if our friends are praying, if God heard our prayer, or what the point of reading the Bible was.
Here are some tips for getting through these rough days:
- Journal. I carry a small notebook with me everywhere I go. In it I record my ideas, thoughts, and concerns. You could record your fears, concerns, and anxieties. Later you can write down how things went. In time you will see God’s care for you in your life.
- Pray Often. Just keep at it. I have a friend at work that brings a journal and devotional with her. She reads and prays on breaks and at lunch. You can pray at your desk, in the bathroom, while driving, or at home when the kids take a nap. Just keep at it. Often one prayer isn’t enough. Praying keeps us connected with God.
- Scripture Memory. Memorizing Scripture gives us a powerful tool when we need it. If you aren’t up for memorizing then write the verse on an index card and carry it with you. Say it outloud, or to yourself over and over. God promises that His Word is alive and powerful. He won’t let you down.
- Listen to music. Music can be a healing balm during rough times. It can calm our restless minds, and soothe our aching soul. Today I listened to instrumental music. I just wanted to hear the soothing sound of an orchestra.
- How far can you make it? I went through an extremely difficult time once. I would wake up having a panic attack, and completely overwhelmed. I would call my sister and she would ask me, “how far can you make it?” Can you make it the next hour? Yes. Can you make it until lunch? I think so. Okay. Call me at lunch, and then we will go from there. You made it until lunch. Can you make it until dinner? Yes. Okay, then you just have to make it until bedtime. I lived like that for several months. Take life one small step at a time.
- God’s faithfulness. Can you write down or remember a time when God was faithful in our life? Work hard to think about that more than your current trouble.
- Fight. Fight Satan’s temptation. I will not believe you, God is good. God will keep me and strengthen me. God is my refuge. God has a plan and purpose for my life. God is truth and you are lies. God is my Father and He died for me. God loves me. Speak God’s truth to the enemy and he will flee. Keep at it. For a while you may have to fight him all day.
- Choose to trust God. This is a choice. Sometimes we have to make this choice while we fight tears, are having a panic attack or face another depression. Say it. I choose to trust God. God I trust you. God it doesn’t look like you know what you are doing, but I trust you. God I know how you helped Joseph get out of the pit and you will help me. Keep saying this over and over until it becomes a natural response to your trial.
- A good counselor/friend. We don’t need friends like Job had during rough times, but we do need wise and truthful friends. Someone who can show us grace, kindness, and is patient. Someone who knows when it is a good time to speak, and when it is a good time to be silent. We also need someone who can tell us the truth if we need to hear it.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Cor. 10:31
God can be gloried on these rough days when we seek Him, pray to Him, trust Him, read His Word, and believe Him. He is even glorified when we fail, and then ask for forgiveness. I am not talking about pie in the sky Christianity. Where we all feel warm and fuzzy. No I am talking about real Christianity that hurts, causes us pain, where we suffer, and often completely forget God even exists.
We can bring God glory in the mess of our lives. Believe, trust, pray, and read His Word. Keep doing it today, tomorrow, and the next. As you do each day will get easier. All things are possible WITH God.