Devotional: When Things Feel Hard
I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but feel like the world is falling apart when I watch the news. Especially with the heartbreaking events happening in Israel, I know all of us are feeling very heavy right now. This last Friday I was feeling especially overwhelmed with everything happening in the world, along with all the other stresses and concerns in my own life. It was just one of those days where things felt really hard, ya know? That night we were actually headed into my parents house for pizza and the whole drive in I just felt like crying. I was frustrated, anxious, mad–all the emotions. So when we got to their house, I told my mom I needed to go upstairs into one of her guest rooms and just have a few minutes to myself to pray.
When I got into the room, I immediately started crying. I laid on the bed and poured out my heart to God. I told him everything weighing on my mind. Snot was running down my face, tears were flowing–it wasn’t pretty, but I just put all my burdens right there in front of Him. For thirty minutes I stayed in that room, praying and talking to God. I declared His promises over and over again. I asked Him to comfort my heart and renew my mind. I asked the Holy Spirit to fill every corner of my thought life. I ask Him to empower me to be the person He wants me to be. To trust Him FULLY, with every cell in my body.
And you know what happened? By the time I walked out of that room, I felt like a different person. I felt calmer, happier, more at ease. Praying and spending that time with God didn’t take the problems away, but it strengthened me and filled me with hope. It transformed my mindset.
That evening I was thinking about how that time praying with God helped me so much and I had a lightbulb moment when I realized something profound:
He is my superpower.
When life feels hard, when things are heavy, when the enemy is attacking my thoughts and wants to overwhelm me, I can call on the living God to intervene and calm my spirit. It’s a secret weapon in my back pocket that I can use anywhere and anytime, day or night.
I know this might seem obvious to some of you, but to be honest–in the past, this wasn’t something I would ever do. If I felt overwhelmed, anxious or discouraged I would say a quick praying asking for peace and then maybe go workout, watch a show, or distract myself with something else to feel better. I would never slow down enough to spend even ten minutes in diligent, focused prayer. But one thing I’ve learned this year after everything I’ve been through, is that nothing feels as good as being in the presence of Jesus. Nothing calms my spirit like He does. Nothing empowers me like He does. Nothing gives me hope like Jesus. When I’m struggling, the first thing I want to do now is pray and pour my heart out to Him. Jesus is my safe place. I need that time with Him to be ok.
I’m sharing this simply to encourage you to spend more time with Jesus. If you’re feeling heavy or carrying burdens, go to Him. Sit in silence and pour out your heart to Him. Tell him how you really feel. Open your Bible and read something like Psalm 91, Ephesians 3:14-21, or maybe Isaiah 41:10. Those are just a few of my go-to’s, but I promise they will encourage you. They will lift your spirits like nothing else can. And they will remind you He is always with you, even when things are hard. He is your superpower!!!
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“This I declare of the Lord, He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I am trusting Him. ” Psalm 91: 2