Finding the Blessing In Our Struggles 

A few months ago, I joined an awesome tribe of writers at Our Words Collaborative, a Christian devotional website where we share how God is moving in our lives. From time to time, I’ll republish some of those devotionals here on Mondays. I think it’s a great way to kick off our week – centered in faith.

Artwork by Ainsley Jordan

There are days I wake up, beating back exhaustion and swallowing tears. The past few years have stretched our family in ways we never imagined. And yet, through it all, an unrelenting faith is taking root. Often I pray not day by day, but second by second.  Most people would not place struggle and blessing in the same sentence, but I now understand God uses our most painful experiences to help grow us beyond ourselves, and into the realm of steadfast belief. His grace always sustains and guides us, even when we feel alone.

“If I told you my story, you would hear hope that didn’t let go…” 

– Big Daddy Weave, “My Story” 

I believe God will do the impossible. And I say this to myself repeatedly, especially during those times when the weight of disillusionment chases me, relentless in its pursuit of my joy. Confessing victory over what looks like destruction defeats the enemy every time. It’s not an easy mindset to practice, but it’s a liberating one.

I draw strength from various ministries, meditating on verses of scripture which feel as if they were written solely for me. And I read books by healing ministers such as Becky Dvorak (Dare to Believe: The True Power of Faith to Walk in Divine Healings and Miracles) who works in Guatemala, and travels the world with her husband, delivering powerful testimonies, teaching people to activate their faith and walk in the supernatural.

“Everything is possible for one who believes.” -Mark 9:23 

Slowly, friends, I am learning to transcend the physical and embrace my spiritual eyesight. God can and will do the impossible in our lives. Yet we must do our part, cultivating radical and unwavering faith within our hearts. I would like to share two ways I am activating my faith throughout the day; I pray it helps you on your own journey:

1. Surround Yourself With God’s Promises: Put up encouraging and healing scripture verses all around your home and office. Read them aloud daily, several times a day. Commit them to memory.

2. Celebrating God Through Song: Listen to praise music with meaningful statements about victory and perseverance. I particularly enjoy songs from prolific artists such as Big Daddy Weave, Mali Music, Lauren Daigle and Plumb.

Our struggles are shaping and refining us. Instead of resisting them, embrace the lessons and allow your soul to bloom through connecting to His presence.


Prayer: 

Dear Lord,

Help me to understand what appear to be obstacles are actually opportunities to activate radical and unwavering faith. Today I might face struggles, but remind me you are here, standing alongside me, conquering each roadblock.

When I am tempted to talk to co-workers, friends or family, remind me to first come closer to your spirit. Place your words within my heart: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Amen.

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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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6 Replies to “Finding the Blessing In Our Struggles ”

  1. Wow. I just proclaimed that prayer in Jesus’ name! I can relate to every. Single. Word. We must continue to profess God’s truth regardless of how we feel or what things appear to be. He is the same God yesterday today and tomorrow and even when it seems impossible he has never given us a reason to give up on Him yet!

    Really friend, so good. I will be sharing this. Blessings to you as you walk through the hard times and see the glory in it all.

  2. I love this post! It’s very inspiring to me. I use song to help me stay focused on God. Most times during my “Mommy Time” in the early morning, I will put on either praise and worship or instrumental praise and worship music. I let it play on a low volume setting while I work on house stuff or work on my projects (like blogging). My family has experienced two deaths this summer and I have been praying a lot about pushing through it and finding joy and God’s love even though it’s been a painful time. It’s tough, but when we rely on God, He really brings us through our struggles and hard times and we start to see how we can truly life our faith out loud. At least, that’s been my experience this summer. I do have my moments where I feel so broken that I just need a day to myself. When I feel this way, I pray a simple prayer for peace and healing.

  3. Full of so many truths and so much transparency that I can completely relate to. Thank you for being willing to share and I am with you many days I literally have to pray second by second to make it through each moment. I too am very intentional about being surrounded by his promises and reminding myself of them constantly

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