If 2018 has already knocked you down

It’s still early in the year, but I bet 2018 has already let you down in some way. 

Maybe it’s even flat-out knocked you on your face. Maybe you’ve already suffered great pain, tragedy, or frustration.  

It’s a tough blow to face circumstances that make you feel so hopeless, especially when that hopelessness comes right on the heels of one of the most hopeful, optimistic times of the year. 

Are you already tired of hoping and fighting for 2018 to be a good year?  

I don’t know how to make your struggles go away. I wish I could! Faith in Jesus is strong and powerful, and contentment is possible in the midst of hard things, but faith isn’t a magic eraser to make all our earthly pain disappear. 

Here’s what I do know, friend—the promises of God will never ever EVER let you down. 

Here are 7 truths from God’s Word that I pray reignite your hope and strengthen you for your fight. Feel free to print out this blog post and put it on your fridge, or write out a couple of the verses on a sticky note and tuck them somewhere you’ll see them when you’re struggling. 

1. God never promises things will be easy, but he reminds us that he already dominated all our problems through his death. 

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

2. You are not a hot mess, even if you might feel like it. You are his amazing creation, covered in perfection through Jesus’ blood. 

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14).

“He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10).

3. God’s got your back . . . 24/7, because he doesn’t sleep. 

“He will not let your foot slip–he who watches over you will not slumber” (Psalm 121:3). 

4. You’ve got a mighty warrior fighting for you. Stop thinking you’ve got to fix/fight this on your own. 

“The LORD will fight for you; you need only be still” (Exodus 14:14).

5. He wants you to run to him. He’s listening. 

“You LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry” (Psalm 10:17).

6. It’s not really about you. It’s about God. It’s weirdly comforting to know that this world doesn’t revolve around me and my problems. I’m a small part of God’s story—loved and known by God, but still small. His story is far bigger than mine, and it’s orchestrated by a God who, thankfully, is way smarter than me. I humbly submit to his perfect plan and pray: 

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

And finally, this. This is what Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are all about:  

7. Whether we win our earthly fights or not, we still WIN. My little cousin Joey battled hard against leukemia. And he lost that battle. But in the process, he won big time. I will never forget hearing this verse at his funeral: 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:7,8).

Diana Kerr is a certified professional life coach for go-getter Christian women. For a FREE workbook from Diana, click here to download “3 Lies about Time Christian Women Tell Themselves & 3 Truths That Will Set You Free.”   

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