Praying Through Hard Times

During an extra hard season of my life, I learned what it meant to lean into Christ and pray deeply and fully… to weep… to cry out to be released from a calling in my life, all the while knowing the answer was “not yet”. Trusting Christ and his faithfulness was the only way I could continue to put one foot in front of the other. There were many days I wasn’t sure what God had in store for me or my family and whether we would all make it out in one piece, but I knew without a doubt I was to continue. As God tested me and pushed me out of my comfort zone, I learned to trust him in a way I never had before. I learned to find my identity in Christ alone and not in the opinions and expectations of others (although I still struggle with this daily). It was during this season I developed understanding and a desire to pray and fast. Fasting was something I had never considered before this point in my life, but it became a source of strength during this time of uncertainty. When I fast, I have such a sense of peace from laying everything at the feet of Christ. Our God can handle our messes, emotions, anger and discontent. He knows what you’re going through, so take time talking to him about your deepest needs and desires. God’s grace is greater than our circumstances, our trials, our heartaches, our joys. The circumstances of our daily life change, but we can trust that God never will. He remains steadfast through all the storms in our lives.

 As I look back on that season of my life, I can count it all joy. And, my dear friend, if you are in a tough season of your life, you can trust you will do the same someday. Lean into Christ during this season. He’s helping you become stronger and more resilient. Christ is teaching you the true meaning of relying on him because it’s all you can do. He’s preparing you for the next chapter, building a strength and resilience in you to use for his purpose and the calling he has placed in your life. Sometimes we have to go through the hard moments in life so we can appreciate the blessings he has been weaving into the tapestry of our lives. Today, I encourage you to count it all joy. It may feel a little less than joyful, but you can trust our Savior to remain steadfast to carry you through this tough season.

Know your Savior loves you. 

“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.” -James 1:2-3

“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character and character produces hope.” -Romans 5:3-4

Tessa Armes
Director of Children’s Ministry