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“Life is an uphill battle. But it’s our choice whether or not we make it up the mountain. We can choose to give up or keep climbing to see the view at the top. The view is almost always worth the climb.”-Alexis Wohler.

God put this saying on my heart when I was going through some very tough times in my life. I had to learn to let go of someone very dear to me and by God’s grace I moved on from it.  I’m leaning on God for comfort and reassurance. Even though our everyday life can seem like an uphill battle, we can still get the reward and joy of climbing to the top of the mountain. We can even enjoy some of the lessons we learn along the journey.

We can rediscover God’s plan for our lives and help others out along the way. It is our choice whether we make it up the mountain or not. It’s our choice to keep trying or to never give up. It is our choice to keep moving forward through every obstacle that comes our way.  Or we can choose to move around every obstacle that gets put in our path.

It’s our choice whether we look towards God or away from Him. It’s our choice whether we walk or run in life. When we walk we won’t get there as fast as what we planned to or hoped to get there in life, but we can enjoy the views of the beauty around us, learn how to better ourselves and make the most of our lives. When we run, we often miss the beauty of our lives and the joy of everyday life. When we get stressed out that is when we miss the blessings that are bouncing off of us and in and out of our lives daily.

You don’t have to be too stressed out to miss a simple blessing such as seeing a friend again after a few weeks of not spending time with them or getting a meal that is hot and fresh. Stress makes us forget the blessings right in front of us. It makes us think our lives aren’t ever going to get any better or change. However when we tell ourselves to focus on blessings, then we will see even more of them in our everyday life.

When we run in life, we should always try to remember that life isn’t a track meet where we automatically sprint to the finish line. Rather, it is a marathon. We should take more time to enjoy life instead of running through it thinking we have no time to stop and smell the flowers and the fresh air. Take the time every day to appreciate what you have in life.

When you’re faced with a tough situation, you have every right to think about it to decide whether or not it is worth it to continue down that path or to walk away. Ask God for discernment and calmness throughout the situation. Try not to let your emotions get to you. They can help you by feeling them out, but they are also dangerous if you let them get the best of you. Letting your emotions get the best of you can cost you your friends, family and the person you love because once you let the words come out in the heat of the moment, they can never be taken back. You can apologize for them, but they can never be taken back.

Even though life is hard at times, our hard roads can often lead us to a beautiful destination in life that we never even dreamed of getting to.  You don’t want to stop doing life just because of one hard day, do you? Life is so much more than the difficulties you face. Life is supposed to be a joy to experience. Not an experience to be dreaded. If you spend all your time dreading life, you’ll never be happy or experience the awesome things that are so often in front of you.

Don’t you want to know that you have the inner strength inside you, just waiting to be discovered, even when you’re in a season of walking through the valley of the shadow of death? Don’t you want to allow yourself to keep going no matter how difficult the journey may be and get the reward of knowing that you made it to the top of the mountain? Push yourself and move forward in life even when it seems impossible because as long as you work hard and put your mind to it, nothing is impossible.

No matter how much life puts you down, stresses you out or brings you to your knees, keep moving forward. God will give you the strength you didn’t know you had within you. Just when you think you reached the end of your rope, He turns you around and says to you, “My child, I made you for a purpose. Even though you’re a sinner I still love you as my child and I want nothing less than for you to succeed with a long happy life.”

freedom

We often don’t realize how fortunate and blessed we are when it comes to freedom in the United States of America. We often forget that other countries don’t even have the same freedoms we have. For instance, in Iran, In Iran, many people do believe in Jesus, however, they can’t openly practice their faith, so they have to meet in secret so they don’t get found.

You can go to jail just for preaching the word of God and for telling others about Jesus. You will even go to jail and even be killed for believing and professing your faith, and even just going to church. We don’t even think about the possibility of the death penalty for talking openly about our faith with other Christians. In Iran, many people do believe in Jesus, however, they can’t openly practice their faith, so they have to meet in secret so they don’t get found.

Here in the United States of America, we are allowed to worship God freely. We don’t think twice about talking to other people about God or going to church every week to worship. Think about fearing for your life just for believing in Jesus. How awful that must be for some people. Be grateful for the freedom to worship pretty much wherever and whenever we want in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.

In the Congo and other African countries, there is a lot of civil unrest. Some of the statistics that just might blow your mind include; Africa is by far the poorest continent on the planet. 28 of the world’s poorest countries are African.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to the second largest population of hungry people. The largest is in Asia.

Half of the African population lives in poverty. These people do not have access to basic human needs, such as nutrition, clean water, shelter and more. Forty-seven percent of the African population is living on $1.90 or less a day.

Two in five African adults are illiterate. While the continent’s number of schools are increasing, the quality of learning and general attendance is still down due to local violence and gender oppression.

One in four people in the sub-Saharan region are malnourished. This is the highest amount of hungry people in the world. You can read more here: https://borgenproject.org/15-facts-about-poverty-in-africa/

Many people want to flee Africa but they just don’t have enough money to do so. So, they live in poverty and in danger for most of or all of their lives. Many people don’t have enough food or clean drinking water. Some have to travel up to 20 miles a day just to get clean water for their family. Many others don’t have food for days or weeks on end. So many people die from hunger too.

So, the next time you find yourself complaining that there is nothing to eat in your fridge or freezer, or even if you’re thinking that there’s nothing that you want to eat, stop and think about the people in the poorest countries and how they have even less than you. You might be thinking that there isn’t anything to eat in your pantry, but the reality of it is, you’re not starving. You never were actually starving. Many people don’t know what real hunger and actually going hungry means.

If you’re reading this article it means that you have the technology such as a tablet, cell phone or computer that many people can only dream of having. Every time you use a tablet, your phone or computer, take it as a blessing and as a tool that you shouldn’t take for granted. The next time you get upset about a slow internet connection or your computer not working properly, remember how many people out there don’t even have the tools and technology that you have at your disposal.

The next time you find yourself complaining about how hard school is, whether you’re in elementary school, in high school, college or graduate school, remember that some people don’t even get the chance to study or to even learn to read and write. The next time you think you hate the subject you’re studying, remember there are so many people out there that will never get an education or be able to have some of the same skills that you take for granted.  Remember when you were a kid and thought how hard school was for you? Try being those people who want to get an education but can’t, because it’s too far to travel, way too expensive or too dangerous in their country to even think about getting an education.

Many people in third world countries don’t have enough education either. They long for better conditions and long to go to school to get an education, but don’t have the means. They may not even know the basic skills of math and reading and writing.

Remember how blessed you are to have the freedoms you have. Try not to take anything for granted because so many other people long to have what we have.

bible

When you’re in the middle of a struggle, the very last thing you think about is praying to God to help you through it, right? It is very rare that the first thing that comes to your mind is to pray about any situation. How many of us have been venting about something for an hour or even only twenty minutes and then all of a sudden God grabs our attention and tells us to pray about whatever is bothering us?

Even better, how many of us have thought “yeah I’m going to read the Bible when you’re in the midst of hard times? Sure some of us may do that but, if we really look at ourselves, it is often the last thing on our minds to immerse ourselves in God’s word while we are trying to fix a problem. We often want to know how to fix a problem in our lives as soon as it rises to our attention. We don’t want to stop and take a breather and pray about it or read the Bible. No, we want to go about figuring out the best way to fix the problem in front of us. Most of us, if we are honest with ourselves, we want to try to fix the problem ourselves too. We very rarely look to God as our helper until it’s our only and last resort.

Have you ever considered that the Bible can be one of the greatest tools in your life to help you through your problems? Think about it, there is an answer for almost every problem or tribulation in your life that can be found in the Bible. Even though we may not think so, but the Bible is God’s word and it isGod-breathed and full of many wonderful answers that we may be seeking in our lives. All we have to do is look for them. Just think, an answer may only be a chapter away. What can we do to get help keep our eyes on God when everything in our lives seems grim? Here are some Bible verses that will help you remember that God is only a call away.

Psalm 32:7-8 “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

Exodus 33:14 “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Psalm 34:17 “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hear, and rescues them from all their troubles.”

Isaiah 30:15 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”

Psalm 46:1-3“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.”

Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Psalm 9:9-10 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

Psalm 34:10“Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”

Isaiah 26: 3-4 “Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.”

1 Chronicles 16:11 “ Seek the LORD and his strength;  seek his presence continually!”

All of these verses remind us to keep our eyes on Him at all times. No matter how hard things can get in our lives. They also remind us not to fear anything in life, even though life can be downright terrifying at times. These verses remind us to look towards God instead of seeking our own power and to lean on His power. He is the one who can get us through anything that happens in life.

The Bible is the perfect tool to turn to when we might need a boost in our spirits. He wants us to come to Him with however we may be feeling, and to read His words to feel encouraged and safe. He doesn’t want us to feel insecure, doubtful and afraid of things in our lives. Rather He wants us to be assured that He is with us always. We can train our minds to turn to God and to even turn to God’s word in times of trouble and even during any crisis. We can help ourselves wage war against our battles with God’s word on our minds and in our hearts.

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Have you ever had one of those days where you just felt like you can’t go on? We have all had those days. Some are harder to get through than others. Where do you normally turn for help? Do you turn to music, your faith, prayer? There is a song by the band Building 429, called “You Can”, that puts this hard thing called life into perspective. This song teaches us to remember that as long as we are with Him and have Him on our side, we can get through anything. The lyrics are as follows:

Verse 1: “I’m not a saint, I have no doubt. Here in my weakness, working it out. I am no hero at all. Were You looking for someone else. Who could be as strong as nails? I don’t understand why You would call me. I’ll never make it myself. ‘Cause I need Your help. Chorus: I can’t walk on the water. I can’t stand in the fire. Unless I look into Your eyes.  Unless I have You by my side. I can’t conquer a giant. Or shut the mouth of a lion. I know that I am just a man. But I am in Your hands. And You can.
You don’t have to punish yourself for not knowing everything in your life. You don’t have to constantly think that God shouldn’t call you. You don’t have to constantly think that you aren’t good enough. Yes, this life is hard, but that is why He sent Jesus to help you through the hard times. There is nothing you can’t get through with God at your side. You don’t have to conquer the giants or shut the mouths of the lions that are in your path because God already has and is doing that for you. He will continue to provide for you throughout your life.
Verse 2: Don’t wanna turn and run away. From what You called me to embrace. Give me courage, give me faith. I wanna see the mountains move. I wanna walk the path You choose. Wherever You lead, I’ll follow YouChorus: I can’t walk on the water. I can’t stand in the fire. Unless I look into Your eyes. Unless I have You by my side. I can’t conquer a giant. Or shut the mouth of a lion. I know that I am just a man. But when I’m in Your hands, You can.
Not turning away from what God might have called you to embrace can be a tricky scenario. At times it might seem as though it is easier to just turn around and run the other way because realizing that running away from something or someone that God has placed in your life can be called the path of least resistance. However, the harder the path, the greater the reward from God. Whenever you are tempted to walk or run away from what God is telling you to do do, you’ll feel that nudge of His Holy Spirit on your heart telling you to not back down and push forward even in the midst of the pain. Let Jesus lead where He wants you to go and keep trusting and keep hoping no matter what happens. Remember, without God all of the things that you do on a daily basis would be impossible, but with God all things are possible. Even when it feels as though God isn’t even there with you. He is walking right beside you through the valley of the shadow of death.
Bridge: Keep loving, I keep fighting, keep hoping. Even in the midst of the silence. Keep trusting, keep climbing, keep running. Even when I feel like I can’t. Chorus: I can walk on the water. I can stand in the fire. When I look into Your eyes. When I have You by my side. I can conquer a giant. And shut the mouth of a lion. I know that I am just a man. But I am in Your hands. And You can. Keep loving, I keep fighting. And You can. Keep trusting, keep climbing. I know that I am just a man. But I am in Your hands. And You can.”
Never give up no matter how hard the journey might seem. Even when it feels as though you just can’t go on, remember that the one who shut the mouths of the lions for Daniel and helped Jesus walk on water is the same one who helps you face your hardest battles and the darkest times of your life with courage and with faith.