I had an interesting conversation with a friend and it led me to share and hopefully encourage and uplift someone’s spirit.
It is so easy to praise God when things are going smoothly and in good times. But lets talk about praising God when things are not going your way, while facing trails. Honestly, it is so hard to find courage to still thank God and praise when you are hopeless. Can you imagine praising and giving thanks when you are experiencing loss, prayers not answered and plans not coming as you wished?. It is so easy and normal to ask God, When God? or Why me?
I always tell my friends Despite the pain, there is peace, and most of them look at me like I’m crazy.
Let me tell you how I have found a tremendous power, strength/courage in having faith and hope during trails.
1. staying in prayer and reading the word (Bible) , praying continually and consistently. My heart is filled with peace when I pray/ talk to God and I find inner joy and patience knowing God is with me. Here are some of the bible verses that keeps me going and trusting God through hardship:
John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Psalms 9:9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,a stronghold in times of trouble.
John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”
Psalms 27:13-14 I remain confident of this:I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.Wait for the Lord;be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalms 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
2. Never give up and trusting God’s timing, when things don’t work out as I planned or in times I expected, I have found that Trusting that God has a reason in delaying. It is so hard and just like everyone else the assurance tests my faith and grow tired. I have grown to understand that praise does not depend on my understanding or my circumstances or trials, but the understanding of who God is and who I am in God and putting faith in God. The bible says
Jeremiah 17: 7-8 But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I am learning that praising in hard times is a step of obedience and growth in faith and in the most strange way it bring a sense of peace and sanity. Trusting without assurance of change of circumstances and having faith instead of worrying too much about the trials at hand is so strengthening and give inner power. God also never said life was going to be easy but we are promised that God won’t leave us, and for me when trials hit and I am at my lowest is when I know something great is about to happen when if I stand still and trust God, because that when God really is working it out for me. God said in Matthew 21:22 ” If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer“, John 14: 14 ” You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” These promises keeps me hopeful and continually praying. God’s timing is a mystery, yet never late and God’s timing is not our own yet prefect.
I pray God will help you and I to stay in praise even when we are unsure, to help us know his timing is perfect, even when we grow tired of waiting.
It is not easy but I hope this will help you throughout your daily life and journey as it helps me and I am still learning.
Here is my Sunday look :), Dress: Akira // Leather jacket: Boohoo // Necklace: Gift