Blessings, encouragement, Faith, Journey, Trust

Blessings Come Thru Hardships

God’s blessings are all around us, but do we ever take the time to see them or do we get so consumed by all that is going wrong that we can’t see our nose despite our face?

My friend, I have been here. We have been consumed by many years of hardships. There have been many days that it was all I could do to put one foot in front of the other let alone see blessings all around us.

Today I was able to see a God blessing through a friend who likewise has been struggling for years, but God blessed them by providing a need they have been waiting for. I know there were many days it was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but God did provide their need, but in His timing.

How many times do we feel like God isn’t hearing our prayers because He hasn’t answered a specific prayer you have prayed over and over again? It is hard to remember His timing isn’t our timing.

When I think back to my personal journey, it has been years since specific needs have been met. I just keep praying the same prayer over and over again hoping maybe this time God will answer it.

Unfortunately, God keeps telling me to keep the faith and to wait. He isn’t ready for that answer yet. This is never a good place to find yourself because doesn’t God know we have to live down here on Earth and we have needs that need to be met. Bills that need to be paid. Why on Earth would He keep saying, “Wait, I’m not ready yet?”

Really God, but it isn’t our place to question God’s purpose or His timing. It is our place to remember that His timing is always perfect.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The key to this verse it to not lean on your own understanding. What makes sense to us generally does not align with God’s plans and purposes.

This is where the title kicks in. Despite the trials and tribulations you may be experiencing, you are never void of blessings if you take the time to look for them. I think back to the hardships we have endured and continue to endure, but God has remained faithful to see us through despite his multitude of answers to wait.

I still have a home to live in despite 9 months of my husband being unemployed. God may not have replaced his job as quickly as we wished, but God kept us fed and kept our home from being foreclosed.

God has also kept our family together despite the hardships of living with PTSD in our home. This trial is one that has been wrought with emotional pain that runs deeply, but God still meets our family’s needs and allows us to get through day by day.

There are many days I live asking God for a physical sign that we are going to make it despite all our hardships and He always provides those needs I ask for. There have been big beautiful rainbows in the sky, beautiful little birds and butterflies that land on my flowers and bushes outside my kitchen window, and unexpected blessings from family or friends.

I have clung to the verse where God provides for the birds of the field, and how much more does He love us, His people who were made in His image.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

IMG_1699When I look out across a field or simply see birds in a flower bed I simply remember no matter how big our problems may seem, if God can provide for the smallest of his creatures, then I can rest in His assurance my needs will be met.

My specific prayers may not be met directly, but if I take the time to see how He blesses me in other areas of my life then I know He will bless me with my specific needs in His timing.

One of the many lessons I have learned along this difficult journey is to look to others and rejoice in their blessings when they have them as well. When I can open my eyes and my heart to rejoice with others it blesses me and reminds me God is still here for us. He loves us each individually and unconditionally.

It is okay to spring board off others blessings while you are waiting for your own.

My friend, as I write this I need you to know that no matter how the words may come out, that this has not been an easy journey. It has brought many tears, worries, hardships and anger. All of which I am not proud of, but wanted you to know the ugly side behind the words I write so if you find yourself struggling with the same out of control emotions that you are not alone.

It is a difficult journey to walk, but to know you are not alone is a huge deal. I am here to remind you that no matter how difficult your life may seem right now, that it is possible to still rejoice in the blessings God provides you.

Rejoice when you experience an overwhelming peace that passes all understanding because only can that come from God. Claim your blessings friend and cling to them until God shows you another.

Sweet Friend, pour your heart out to God and allow Him to richly bless you tonight with an overwhelming peace so you can open your eyes and see all that you have despite your trials. God still loves you and will meet your every need, but you may have to wait on His timing. Remain faithful to Him and trust in His unconditional love for you. He has a plan and a purpose and will reveal His plan in His timing.

Until then, look for your blessings that are around you. Those blessings will richly encourage you to keep moving forward during your own personal journey.

You got this, Friend!

 

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