If you are going through something difficult then count it as Joy.

Life is not only made up of cotton candies but of thorns as well.

Life doesn’t always give us what we ask for or what we wish to happen.

Sometimes life will make us go through things we don’t even deserve and at the time when we least expect them to happen. Most of the time we are never really prepared when difficulties come along and when they do we spend so much time trying to figure out the solution.

Some people only love to praise and worship God when their life is going smooth with no bumps and when God blesses them. There is nothing wrong with praising and worshiping God and I encourage you to always do this, but the only problem is that many people stop praising and worshiping God when they are hit with difficulties.

Difficulties are placed in our lives for a reason, they don’t exit to show us how weak we are, but to make us strong, to show us what we are capable of and what we can accomplish.

When difficulties come our way many of us love to play the pity game.

“Why does it always have to be me!?”.

“I don’t deserve this”.

“I don’t know why I got rejected, I knew I shouldn’t have applied for that Job, I’m not good enough!”.

“I failed my test, I’m so dumb!… my life sucks!”.

“Why why why God… why…!?”.

Do any of the sentences above sound familiar to you?.

What do you do when life throws you lemons?.  Really really sour yellow lemons.

Are you the kind of person that loves to throw a pity party for yourself? or the kind that tries to run away from their difficulties altogether?.

Throwing a pity party and feeling sorry for yourself amidst difficulties doesn’t and will never get you any where in life and it will certainly not make your problems disappear out of thin air. In fact trying to run away from your problems will only make the situation you are in worse because guess what your problems will end up catching up with you which means that you will end up from where you began; trying to get rid of your problem by avoiding or running away from it.

When life throws you sour lemons throw back sweet juicy oranges.

Count it all Joy when you face any kind of problem. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself consider having a problem as an opportunity for growth, this means that at times you will be taken out of your comfort zone. When you are taken out of your comfort zone you will learn to adjust your sails to adapt to whatever you are going through.

It’s so easy to give up when things aren’t going well but I just want  to let you know that you can still smile and hold on in hard times, because in the midst of difficulties your faith is being tested and therefor your faith will have the chance to grow.  Don’t be in despair when the world is crashing down on you because it is in your weakness that you will be made stronger.

If you don’t go through the difficult times you won’t know what you are capable of, your faith won’t be tested and therefor your faith won’t have the chance to grow. Difficulties will allow your faith to be tested because you will choose whether to hold on and endure the difficult situation that you are in or whether to give up. When you decide not to give up but to endure the difficult situation, you will then be able to discover how strong you truly are ( beacuse YOU are!), you will be able to  conquer your difficulties with God by your side. This will give you the strength to keep going.

We need to stick with the Lord and continue to praise and worship Him not just in the good times but also in the hard times because God is good all the time. God never changes, He is the same yesarday today and forever. Just because you are going through difficulties that doesn’t mean that the hopes and dreams that God has prepared for you will not take place. Whatever God promises He accomplishes in His timing of course.

Learn to embrace whatever difficulty you are going through wherther big or small learn to adjust your sails beacuse you will never know how strong you are if you don’t go through the difficult times.

You will know how strong you are only if being strong is the only thing that you have to be in order to rise above your difficulties.

Let God be the source of your strength in every season of your life. 

Whatever you are going through it is just an opportunity for God to bring you closer to Him and for your faith to grow even more so just count it as Joy.

I urge you not to give up because with God by your side you can conquer all!. So choose to be Joyful even in the hard times.

– Claris


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