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Being Faithful in tough times.

Good morning, my fellow believers in Christ!

Last night I was feeding my little girl around 12.30AM. It was a harder day as my 6-month-old has been having a hard time staying asleep at night, as she usually sleeps through the night. The last two nights were tough, to say the least.

And the question kept coming in my mind throughout the hard day yesterday: how do you serve the Lord on hard days? And how do we stay faithful when it’s hard to, or quite frankly when we don’t feel like it?

I believe this is when our faith gets tested the most in the hard times. Not when everyone is in one accord, and everybody/everything is aligning with your schedule, but when everything is all messed up. You feel drained, abandoned, alone. And the question runs through your mind over – and over – God where are you?! I need you right now!! Help me!! I can’t even feel you, are you even listening to me?

Yes, we have all felt this way before. As they say, you feel like your prayers are hitting the ceiling and back at your forehead to the ground. But I want to encourage you today and tell you, that’s a lie from the enemy. They are not hitting the ceiling and your prayers are most definitely reaching the throne room of Glory when you lift up your voice and cry out to him! I believe Jesus smells our prayers as a sweet-smelling savor before him when we are honest and just before him. And truly desire to do his will and be righteous but just don’t feel the strength to do so.

Whenever I am very, very low I make declarations from the word of God to myself. Even when I don’t feel a single thing, or even when I can’t see any changes for the better in my life, I know he LIVES, and he REIGNS. Declare unto yourself today:

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV) says: And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Psalms 46:1-3 (NKJV) : God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV): 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.

1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV): But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV): 13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.

Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV):

10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

The longer I live for God the more he guides and speaks to me to trust him. As I have grown in him and just very recently started really establishing a designated time of bible reading time and prayer time. I try to read a chapter or two from the bible before I even pick up my phone to give him the first firsts of my day. As I believe the Lord cares about giving him the first of everything we do since genesis, Genesis 4:3-5 says And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. (NKJV). This goes to say, give God what you have at any time of the day, of whatever you have left within you, it is enough! I do notice though if I don’t do this I struggle all day.

I’ll be honest to say I haven’t done this until recently, I would always just grab my phone and do the normal scroll. I would struggle a lot to feel God and be more in the flesh than the spirit. But I believe it is the small changes that cause us to feel and see the big changes in our relationship with Jesus. I definitely don’t have it all together, in fact, I feel as though I am barely starting to see the process of organization in my life since having my little girl back in August of 2020. But GOD IS GREATER, yes he is just he holy holy holy! And worthy to be praised! So, I want to encourage anyone that is struggling today in tough hard times, to keep being faithful, establish yourself in the little to see great things in the big! Make adjustments, how’s your prayer life? When was the last time you read the word of God? what are you reading in it? Make it exciting for you! I encourage you, right now I am reading the book of Ezekiel and Proverbs. I try to read 1 chapter of each book a day before I start the day. Find what works for you to make God exciting for you in your life. Add bible tabs as I did, make it a joyous and refreshing time for you. Ask the Lord to help you to guide you, and he will never let you down! never!

Keep being faithful, and establish something with Jesus that you have never done before. Change your routine in him. And you will see that he will change your life, your relationship with him and you will experience something that you never had with him before!

A new level of worship, a new level of AWE! God bless you today, keep hanging on it will get better, just lean on him and he will see you through! trust him!

I am going to link down below one of my favorite songs whenever I am struggling it encourages me so much. Also If you have any prayer requests, please don’t hesitate to leave them down below in the comments!

God bless you all today might-fully, in Jesus Christ’s name i pray, Amen. ♡

Recently upgraded my bible, and added the tabs! (Got to self motivate myself lol!)
One of my favorite songs!
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