Staying Motivated in Tough Times

Being motivated in the middle of a trial can be difficult. Most of the time, when I am in a time of trials, all I want to do is lay in bed and mope around. It is hard to pick ourselves up, keep going, and find the motivation to move forward every day.

As you go through this dark time of your life, shoot to remember five ideas.

  1. Start your morning off right. Instead of getting up and looking at how many troubles you have and slipping into that depressed state, turn your view towards God. Psalms 5:3 states, “In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly”. We should be greeting the day by looking to the Lord and asking Him to guide our steps. There is nothing wrong with asking Him for something your heart desires. At the moment, my desire in my time of darkness is to have a home of our own.

 

It is easy for me to wake up, look at my current situation and fall back into a depressed state about what I don’t have. Instead, I will wake up and talk to God. Setting my desires and hopes at His feet. Once I do that, I leave it with God. Let Him take care of your future. Don’t let your future sit on your shoulders.

 

  1. Deal with sufferings by looking at God’s glory. Romans 8:18 says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” God is amazing. If we look at what He has already done for us instead of what He hasn’t reveled to us, we will start the day off wrong. I look back at what God has brought me out of this far and I am amazed. I often forget to see all the glory He has done and look at what is in front of me.

 

  1. Press on during the times of suffering. Keep going every day. Wake up and make it for the next hour. When that hour is done, make it for another hour. Keep going. I promise things get better. Philippians 3:13-14 says “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Focus your goal on living for Christ. Do everything for Him and His glory. Go serve others in this time of waiting. The more you do to distract yourself, the faster time will fly by.

 

  1. Let God set your steps. “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24. When we let God work in us He sets our steps. God won’t let us fall in life. Think about it. Throughout this time of suffering, has there been one moment when you have completely crashed and everything is gone? You still have air in your lungs, your heart still beats and that is all because of God. Look at what He has done so far. If He has done that, then He will lead your steps and set a future for you. Have faith in the Lord.

 

  1. God’s grace is sufficient. At the end of the day God has done a great deal in our lives. He has blessed us beyond compare and in that, we need to remember that God’s grace is sufficient. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:9-10. If God’s power is made perfect in weakness, then His glory is being done. What he means by this is that people can see God’s glory in the weakest parts of our lives. If everything was peachy keen and perfect, we wouldn’t need God. Life isn’t perfect and it will never be perfect. However, in our times of trouble, we should strive to let God’s glory be the main thing that sticks out of our trials. Let God get the glory in everything.

I won’t sit here and tell you that the future will be easy. I know from personal experience that it will never be perfect or easy.  I have had times of darkness and times of happiness. Throughout all of my trials, I have struggled and failed to see the positive in my life. I have come to a place of depression and a loss of hope; but in all of my dark trials, God has not left me. He was there through the first trial and He is there for me now. Please hold onto hope and focus on God during your trial.

If anyone ever needs someone to talk to, you are more than welcome to email me or find someone in your church to talk to. Just know you are not alone.

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My Testimony

I think it is about time I told my testimony. For those who are unaware of what a testimony is, it is the story of how I came to know Christ as my Lord and Savoir and my spiritual walk since then. It is how God has worked in my life and the journey I have walked on.

I grew up in a Christian household. My parents took us to church every Sunday, we attended church events and I went to Sunday school. When I was six years old, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior but my spiritual life did not stop there.

Life seemed to be perfect for me. My parent’s loved each other, we all followed God like we were supposed to, we read our Bibles every night, prayed before meals; but that all changed when I was thirteen.

When I was thirteen, my family and I were living in a small town in Texas. I woke up one night to my parents fighting. It wasn’t a surprise. I mean, everyone’s parents fight. But that night, it was different. After going out to see what was going on, my father told me that my mom had an affair and was pregnant with his child. My father, wasn’t perfect either. I found out he was struggling with pornography. My perfect world had now started to crumble down.

After months of what felt like pure darkness, my parents decided to stay together. The man my mom had an affair with, decided he didn’t like that and threatened to kill us. In an effort to keep us safe, my parents packed up everything we owned in a week and moved us back to Colorado. I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone where we were going; not even my closest friends.

In Colorado, we tried to pick up the pieces of our lives. My mom had a miscarriage and my parents were living in separate homes. Eventually, they moved back in together but six years later, their divorce became final.

Throughout the years, my life has been like Job’s. Job, is a man in the Bible who the enemy was able to take everything from, except his life, and he still stayed faithful to the Lord. He lost his family, his home and his health but still loved God. I’ve ran for my life, dealt with verbal and sexual abuse, climbed out of a pit of depression, lost my home, have  grown up in a broken family that probably will never heal, have been to the point where I financially have nothing and have had moments where I didn’t understand how any good could come into my life.

The one true and strong stone in my life was God. He was there through the threats, the abuse, and the depression. He held me up when I felt like I couldn’t walk anymore. He was the one who gave me the strength to move on. And even through the darkest times, He has blessed me with the little blessings. He gave me a husband who respects and loves me for who I am, a beautiful daughter who I couldn’t imagine life without, a roof over my head, air in my lungs, and friends who were there to encourage me.

God is the one factor, throughout everything, that is good. There has been so much bad in my life but He is truly good.

I won’t sit here and tell you that my journey is all peaches and cream. I have my days where I don’t know how life can get better. I have my days where I don’t know what God is doing or what will happen next but that is part of being a Christian. God doesn’t tell us that life will be easy. In James 1:2-4 Jesus says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you my be mature and complete, not lacking anything”.

God has worked and is working in my life. He didn’t leave me alone when my family and I were running for our life, He didn’t leave me when all I wanted to do was take my own life, and He won’t leave me in whatever trials are ahead. I will always persevere and lean on the Lord. That will never change.