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REFLECTION: STAYING STRONG IN TIME OF CRISIS

Living in a time of crisis is hard. And, we all have had our share of hard times. Whether we are in a season of goodness or in a season of crisis, when it is all said and done, when this life is over and we are in eternity looking back at our life on Earth, we will find that the only thing that matters is what we did to prepare for eternity.

When life leaves your heart overwhelmed and your head spinning, it’s hard to know how to move forward.

In the book of Job, the Scripture describes our lives all the way down to the boils on Job’s skin; our boils may come in the form of cancer, other diseases, and challenges of life. It is therefore imperative that we know how to get through the fire without burning up, going through water without getting drowned.

I know from personal experience that when you are in a severe trauma or test of faith, you cannot help but wonder if the tears and trials will ever stop! I am here to tell you that every season of suffering has an expiration date, and you will get to the other side. You have to hold on to the power of God and His perspective, combined with one right choice at a time. This changes everything, including you and the outcome.

Remember when Jesus resurrected, He did not talk about all the things that were done to Him on the way to the cross. He showed us his scars and the way to walk in truth!

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If you are the one that has suffered the loss of a loved one, the grief has a gravity that is impossible to withstand without grieving. You must take time to grieve, there’s just no way around it. In the Psalms, David cried a lot. In doing so, he sets an example for us. Your Heavenly Father says what you sow with tears you will reap with joy. Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, says there is a season for sorrow and that season needs to be complete to move on to the next season.

It is very important that during a healing time you disconnect from negative or insensitive people. Even those with good intentions that love you can hinder your healing. It is okay to tell people you love that you do not want to talk about something. It is also okay to get help from those that can actually help heal you. Honestly, when you are in the middle of an emotional or relational crisis, you really need people that will just listen and serve silently.

During your healing season, pay attention to how you feel after people leave. Do you feel closer to God when they leave? Do you feel stronger? Do you feel comforted? It is better to be alone with the Lord than to be with the wrong people. Remember some people don’t mean any harm and don’t mean to hurt you while you are already hurting, they may never have been where you have been, and they have no idea how to handle your heart. But whatever the reason, this is your season to get healed.

When you are in a crisis of any kind, it feels like a test, doesn’t it? It can really weaken our faith in God and make us wonder why we are even here. You can continue to serve God and closer to than before! Don’t Give Up on God as the worst thing to do

During a crisis, there is a refinement that takes place in our lives and in our relationship with God. As we continue to trust God, He will surprisingly open doors we never experienced. And, when we come out on the other side—and there will be the other side—we can see all that God has done in and through us.

You are going to experience God in ways you never had before. The truth is, He becomes most real to us when we cry out to Him in pain. Feelings of guilt, anger, despair, and fear are common. These feelings are normal. And we need to express them to our Heavenly Father. He already knows our thoughts, so cry out to Him. In doing so, it will draw you closer to Him and deepen your relationship with Him. You will begin to feel His presence as He catches your tears and will tenderly love you back into life again.

Psalm 147:3 tells us, “He heals the brokenhearted.” Healing is coming. It may not be in the way we expected or when we expected, but it is coming. And just as He was with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, He is with you in your darkest night, too.

And until we end our sojourn here on earth, we will continue to fight the good fight, keeping our faith, and staying strong.

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