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I let at least a month go between blog posts recently, and I’m sorry for that. Sometimes life can seem to get the best of you (and me). No matter how much planning you do, no matter how prepared you feel, life has a way of throwing curve balls and unexpected plot twists your way that can really rock the boat and make you wonder if you’ll ever be able to get it back on track. It’s hard enough to face financial problems, relationship problems, physical problems, emotional or mental problems, social or educational problems, work problems, and any number of other kinds of problems one at a time, but sometimes they seem to flood in almost all at once and that’s when it feels like you’ve just been trapped inside a Sharknado!

The whirling winds of stress and discouragement, demands and obstacles, pain and inadequacies of abilities or resources can seem overwhelming and disorienting. It’s like an uncontrolled free fall and you can feel helpless as you watch your whole world appear to collapse around you. Every day feeling more quickly and easily reaching burn-out, energy levels dwindle and you wonder, “When will it end? How can I recover from all this?” These times are so challenging and test the very essence of your character, values and resolve to stay the course. It also puts your Source of Strength to the test. If it’s not holding up, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your priorities and the foundation of your life and what keeps you going. There are so many people in immeasurably desperate situations that find a way through it and continue to strive for victory over their seemingly unbeatable obstacles. If they have a source of strength enabling them to keep going, then you can too – don’t be afraid to ask others how they cope and overcome.

Admittedly, this struggle is the very reason I write about it. My energy feels drained, I had a sudden influx of physical and financial problems, combined with school and work demands and personal issues lingering that seemed to just hit me all at once like a giant crushing boulder. However, despite these difficulties which perplex me as to how I could possibly get out of this mess, I have learned how to not worry about them, how to do my best and let the rest go, because of my faith (see my post: Source of Strength). I have a source of strength that is unending and it has never failed me. I don’t know how things are going to be resolved, and by all logic, it doesn’t look at all like it’s possible to even maintain my standard of living, much less improve it, but I am still hopeful that an improvement is somehow possible, even though it looks impossible, because I know that things can happen that I can’t see or predict. As disconcerting as it can be sometimes to feel out of control of situations, it can also be a blessing to not be in control of your life, because that opens the doors for you to also be blessed in ways you could not plan or expect. Do the best you can with what you have, then be okay with just waiting and watching how the things you can’t control unfold, you may be surprised how things can turn around without your help or expectation if you just have faith and keep hope alive.

I have heard a song on the radio that I think is perfect encouragement for this feeling of your world falling apart. It’s called, “Just Be Held” by Casting Crowns. I have posted the song below, I hope it brings you some encouragement as it has for me.

“Just Be Held”

By:  Casting Crowns

Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on

And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

If your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You’ll know I always have and I always will

And not a tear is wasted
In time, you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands

Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who won’t let go.

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