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You Will Make It!

After I got my kids settled in bed tonight, I sat down on my own bed, more like collapsed onto my bed, and started going through the pictures on my phone. I tend to do this when I am really worn-out after a long day. Looking through my photos keeps me thankful as I look back and see all the seasons God has brought me through and the many seasons he has blessed me with.




Flower pot against checkered tablecloth

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"


I stopped at the section of pictures that were taken around three and a half months ago. They were taken the day Walker James was born and during his first few weeks at home. I remember thinking, after being up all night and day with him for days on end, that I would never make it. The first few nights at home with our baby boy, our two year old daughter would wake up crying when he cried because it scared her to hear an unfamiliar noise at three in the morning. She acted out in jealousy and was tough to deal with as she adjusted to having a new sibling and I was exhausted and trying to keep us all above water alongside my husband who was always so helpful and wonderful, might I add. On top of that, I was recovering from a C-section and all four of us had a difficult time adjusting to life with our plus one.


I didn't think I would make it.


Flashback to when we had just had our sweet and sassy Emmeline... the day we came home from the hospital I began to cry and cry and CRY for hours on end. For the next three months, I would cry several hours a day because postpartum depression hit me like a ton of bricks and I never saw it coming. It was the toughest season I have been through in my life, so far.


I didn't think I would make it.


When my parents divorced and life was stressful and I just didn't understand why it was happening. Or when I blamed myself for things that were not my fault and out of my control.


I didn't think I would make it.


When I forgot who I was in Christ and the freedom He has given me to serve Him with my whole heart and not just follow a bunch of man-made rules or when I started focusing more on how I appeared outwardly than inwardly.


I didn't think I would make it.


When I am going through a rough patch and not spending time with God as I should be or trusting Him to give me strength to make it through each day.


I don't think I will make it.


The truth is that I WILL make it. It may be an uphill battle where I am fighting my flesh to get to where I need to be, but I will make it. With God as my deliverer and my strength and my encourager, I will make it.


He takes us through the hard times to show us just how powerful and real and holy that He is.


Maybe you don't think you will make it...

Maybe you're depressed or grieving the loss of a loved one or both.

Maybe you're praying a prayer that you really need God to answer as quickly as possible.

Maybe you're struggling to get out of bed in the morning because you're just exhausted from life.

Maybe you forgot where God has brought you from and you've put distance between you and Him and you aren't sure how to get back.

Maybe you damaged your relationship with someone or someone hurt you deeply and you are devastated.

Maybe you are struggling to make ends meet and are worried that you won't be able to provide for your family.

Whatever your situation is, whatever trial or test you're going through, repeat after me...


I. Will. Make. It.

You won't make it because you're invincible.

You won't make it with only will-power.

You won't make it because of chance or luck.

You wont' make it in your own strength.


You will make it because if you're a child of God, He is your strength. The God who created this glorious universe and knows the number of hairs on your head. The one and only true God who sent his precious Son to die for your sins and my sins. He will see you through it as you trust Him and hold onto His hand. Even when the days seem to drag by and your dark season doesn't seem to have an ending, it is coming. It may take some time to get through, but God is doing a great work inside your heart during those tough times. He is showing you His power and I know that one day you will look back and see that those times were times of great growth. I have begged God to get me out of certain seasons in my life and eventually came to the realization that I have to embrace the season, dig my heels into the ground, and trust that God is bringing something great out of it.


Dear friend, you will make it. I am cheering you on and praying for you, always!



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