4 Things To Do When Faced With Difficult Times

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We all have our stories of pain and difficult times. How our story ends though is up to us. What are the things you do when you're faced with difficult times? Here's what Charmaine did:

Almost ten months ago, my mother was diagnosed with late stage cervical cancer. The diagnosis didn’t just turn her life around but mine, too.

The past ten months have been really rough. When I look back, I’m in awe of how we managed to survive. 

I can’t help but wonder at how merciful, faithful and gracious God has always been; He enabled us to make it through each painful and trying day.

I don’t know what you’re going through. Maybe someone you love is currently fighting the same battle my mother is faced. Maybe you’re dealing with an unspeakable pain nobody understands, no matter how much you try.

The bottom line is: we’re tired. We carry burdens every day but our shoulders aren’t that strong. Our hearts are about to faint. Some of us are near the end of the rope.

What do we do?

4 Things To Do When Faced With Difficult Times

We Hold On To Our Faith

Hebrews 11:1 states “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Based on this, faith is two things.

First, it’s confidence in what we hope for. For me, it means putting my confidence in what God said over what my eyes see. It means hoping on God’s promises despite what my circumstances. 

It means getting up on days you’d rather stay in bed, smiling on days you want to cry, and continue with your life like you’re carrying nothing because God is faithful to you every step of the way.

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We Rest In God’s Feet

When we wake up to difficult circumstances, we shouldn’t busy ourselves, trying to figure out how we’ll make it through our trouble. 

Instead, we sit at Jesus’ feet and receive from Him. It doesn’t mean that we should stop working. Resting in God’s feet means we honor our quality time with Him.

We continue to seek Him so our minds get renewed and we see our situation from His perspective; not from our limited sight. This way, we are not only renewed, we are encouraged and revived. 

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We Trust In God’s Will

We don’t always understand God’s will. Some things happen which we can’t comprehend. Maybe in your struggle, you asked God why. I did.

I often ask Him why He allowed cancer to strike and debilitate my mother. As I seek Him, I understand that when God leads us to deeper waters, we can be assured that He has His reasons.

We can trust in the knowledge that our circumstances are going to be for our good and for His glory.

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We Stay In His Love

The truth is, either my mother will be cured of cancer or she will die of it or of something else. I struggled with accepting this fact before. 

But now, I already understand God’s purpose. It’s still painful and I can’t even imagine how painful it’s going to be if my greatest fear happens instead of my greatest hope. Whatever happens, I know God will give me the grace to stay in His love.

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Whatever it is you’re dealing with, if you trust Him and you surrender your life to Him, I’m positive He will do the same for you, too.

About the author:

Charmaine is the founder and editor-in-chief of inspirational blog Organized Lunacy. 
She’s in a mission to spread inspiration and motivation to people who can use some. 
Join her in her journey in spreading love and hope to make this world a better place to live in.

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  1. I wish you and your mother to have a great strength to keep fighting. Cancer puts you to the test and It also brings out the best in you.

  2. Aww thanks for these reminders, it's amazing to know that there's always God we can turn to when all things gets rough, he will always guide those people in need <3

  3. She's so strong for staying positive :)I hope her mother recovers

    Rachel xx

  4. What a lovely post. They and their family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. Staying positive is the best your mom can do, and you too, hope she recovers.
    She's in my prayers.

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  6. Yes we can be faced with devastation in our lives that makes us question everything, but our faith is so important, bless you xx

  7. Really interesting post...thx for sharing! xx

  8. Reading this made me emotional. I remember my grandmother. Hayyy but you're right, we just have to hold on to our faith. Stay strong and prayers go out to you and your family as well.

  9. Great sharing. Our positive respond and trust in God help us to face our storms in our life.

  10. These are solid, biblical concepts to hang onto in times of trials!

  11. Amazing post, i could not agree more.

  12. I hope your mom is fine now :)
    Although I loved your advice..each point.. I'd like to say something here. Whatever you said, somehow connected more to God than to an individual. I am saying this for 2 reasons.
    1. God only helps till a point and you have to continue
    2. Some people might not believe in God

    While the advice is good but can't be applied to everyone. For me, having faith in myself, people around me and God helps.. I always say "Whatever happens, happens for a reason." :)

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  13. Keep the faith! :)

  14. How we deal with challenges can either make us or break us... depending on ourselves. That's not always easy to accept, especially when we are going through those tough times. These are great points Luxe ♡♡♡

  15. Hi Charmaine,
    Thank you for sharing your story and experiences on how God is giving His strength for each day and moment at a time ...Both for you and your dear mom! May his caring hand healing hand be upon your lives!

  16. Very inspiring post, all the best at this difficult time.

  17. Beautiful post. As a mom of five who has struggled with depression this year, I can really relate to these pointers. Thank you.

  18. It is so tough, beyond words. Proud of you both.

  19. This is a great post. Thank you for sharing your story with us! <3

  20. What a powerful and encouraging message, Charmaine! Praying for both you and your Mom, Love! Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful word and thank you for the introduction, Lux! GOD bless you both! :-)

  21. Omg, I don't know that girl, but I wish her mother long life and to get well soon. That story was so touching...

  22. that's why I always hold on to God my dear. MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  24. Love this!

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  25. Hi Lux, This is truly a lovely and elegantly written post. I wish there was a way to get this out to everyone who needs it ... it's so encouraging. Thanks to Charmaine for writing and thanks to you for sharing. Lux, to answer your question about the Yellowstone pictures on my blog ... Yes, there are a few really old pictures in color ... I posted a few in my collection back in February, 2014, in this post Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas holiday!

  26. This is such a thoughtful and wonderful post. I absolutely love all the positive affirmations. This will definitely help someone this holiday. Beautiful post.

    Kia / KTS

  27. Powerful, biblical and NICE. Thank you.

  28. Wow. I'm so sorry you're having to go through this. It sounds like it has brought you much closer. I hope she kicks cancer's butt.

  29. When your loved one get sick it's really very difficult. I pray for your strength and your Mother's improved condition.

  30. Great tips thanks so much. Sorry about the cancer. -Hanna Lei

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  31. This is such a wonderful post. We all face tough times, and when I face one, I always look back and see all the battles I've won in the past. We all are survivors in our own ways. And yes, let's always keep the faith! Because we someone up there who's looking at us every single day of our lives.

  32. I am so sorry to hear about her mother, but I am glad that they turned to God for comfort. When my grandfathers were diagonsed with cancer we found ourselves doing exactly the same thing, because there is no power or comfort quite like God's.

  33. I like this post a lot because it goes along with many of the things I think and feel.Keeping the faith is vital to getting through painful situations.Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this matter.

    I'm glad you linked up to #MotivationMondayParty.