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Devotional: A Work in Progress

Sometimes I feel like God’s peace is this slippery thing in my hands that I can’t quite hold onto–one day I have it, and the next day I drop it. One day I feel powerful and strong, the next day I’m weak. One day I feel God’s peace and comfort, and then a few days later I’m worried about everything. I had one of those days recently where I just woke up and felt weak. I felt tired, discouraged and more vulnerable to believing lies from the enemy. And then of course comes the frustration–why am I going backwards? Why does it feel like I’m at the bottom of the ladder I’ve been climbing? Why can’t I just hold on to freedom? What is wrong with me?

I started shaming myself for the struggle because that’s not how I want to be. I got mad at myself for backtracking and I wondered if God was disappointed in my faith as I re-visited the same struggles He’s already worked with me through.

I wrote these things in my journal and prayed. And you better believe it was one of those ugly prayers where the tears were flowing. I poured my frustrations with myself out to God. And then I went for a run.

While running I realized a few things:

Maybe the hard days come because we are human.
Maybe we will always be a work in progress.
Maybe the breakthrough comes on the hard days.
Maybe we can never get stronger without the work.
Maybe it was never supposed to be easy.
Maybe the hard days keep us humble and remind us we need God.
Maybe all good things are worth fighting for.
Maybe we’ve made an idol out of the idea of a struggle free life.
Maybe there is no joy in victory if the battle wasn’t hard fought.

Just like anything in life, we don’t get better without the work. And some days we plow through that work with ease. Other days it’s a lot harder. Just like running–one day my body feels great and I can bust through three miles with no problem. The next day my legs feel like they’re stuck in cement and I have to work a lot harder to do the same run. But just because I have a more difficult run, I don’t feel like all the progress I’ve made is lost.

Why is our faith so different? Why do we get so frustrated with ourselves when it doesn’t come as easy as the day before? Why do we feel like a failure when we have to work harder to hold onto God’s peace?

What if instead of allowing the enemy to fill us with shame, we gave ourselves grace.

God is not surprised by my hard days or disappointed with me. And the same is true for you. Instead, He’s right there like a loving Father, ready to encourage us, pick us back up again, and remind us of who we really are. He wants us to come to Him on the days we can’t hold onto His peace and I say, “God I can’t do this, but I know you can.”

Maybe the journey of faith is simply a process of surrendering our lack of ability for His strength.

“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weakness and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

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  • Heather
    November 15, 2023

    That was beautiful

  • Cheri Melin
    November 15, 2023

    Beautifully said! 💓

  • Karin Block
    November 15, 2023

    Yes! Your best yet I agree! Thank you ❤️

  • Stephanie
    November 15, 2023

    Thank you for sharing this.
    Always need the reminder❤️

  • Kris Hauter
    November 15, 2023

    Thanks for that reminder❤️

  • Carol denne
    November 15, 2023


    How is it your devotionals seem to relate to me on the exact day you post them and this one is no exception- it’s incredible because today I felt weak and all I could do is pray letting God know how weak I feel. I needed to read this today because I feel as you do about the strong and weak days teetering.

    Thank you again for your wise words that continue to help me understand

    May God continue to shine thru you

  • Kim Moiras
    November 15, 2023

    I love your devotionals! They are so real. Most people feel this way,I think, but feel ashamed to voice it. Thank you for letting us know we are ok and normal and God still loves us!

  • Adrienne
    November 15, 2023

    Beautifully said!

  • Michele Henry
    November 15, 2023

    Thanks for sharing Sarah, just what I needed, this is how God speaks to us.

  • Debbie
    November 15, 2023

    So perfectly said and applicable!

  • Lindsey Mccormick
    November 15, 2023

    I could not have read this at a more perfect time with how I felt today!

    Thank you!!

  • Robin Casto
    November 15, 2023

    Love this, very well said, and sounds like it came straight from your heart.

  • Hannah
    November 15, 2023

    Love this! Yes our struggles can be purposeful—so we rely on Him! We are not in control and when we acknowledge that it puts our hearts in the right place to worship Him.

  • Sharis Norris
    November 15, 2023

    Wow! Just WOW!

    I agree…your best one yet.
    And at 71, and lots of battle scars, I could not agree more.


  • Leslie
    November 15, 2023

    Just Beautiful ! I think you have put in words what most of us believers question and struggle with in our spiritual journey. Thank you! God Bless you!

  • Kelly
    November 16, 2023

    Sarah… thank you for pouring into us… I wish I could have coffee with you Or Mexican food and we could just sit and talk about Jesus… I just adore you girl…

  • Claire
    November 16, 2023

    so good. Needed to hear these words today ❤️

  • Allison
    November 18, 2023

    Exactly what I needed to hear as I have been struggling with the same thing. Thank you ❤️

  • Jenni Lowery
    November 19, 2023

    Nailed it!!

  • Julie
    November 19, 2023

    Very well said! I completely agree!

  • Bonita
    November 19, 2023

    Beautiful testimony! Helped me through a tough day!

  • Barbara
    November 19, 2023

    So beautifully said Sarah! I think the more we “battle” the stronger we get… step by step, breaking down our faith muscles for them to become stronger and able to carry and endure more. It’s definitely a “workout” in our spirit and our faith. By with each battle we gain new strength 🙌.His grace never fails!🙌🙌

  • Jackie
    November 20, 2023

    Such a wonderful and thought provoking devotional we all can benefit from on those hard days 🙏

  • Mina
    November 21, 2023

    This is beautifully said. Thanks for sharing.

  • Terry Stock
    November 21, 2023

    God’s truth written through you. Beautiful encouragement. Thank you.

  • Michelle
    November 30, 2023

    Wonderful message. Thank you.