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    Being Real



    Friends, I’m just gonna be honest-these past few weeks have been rough. Really maybe even this whole past year.

    I’ve been quiet on here for a little bit. Maybe because sometimes it feels like a broken record. I truly want to have the encouraging word and fulfilled promise to show how it’s all worth it in the end and that we just need to keep trusting Jesus.

    But some days I’m barely holding on.

    Just when I think I’ve recovered from one crisis, I’ve got a new one popping up. It’s like I’m playing the old arcade game where the alligator heads (or whatever other creature) pop up and you have to smack them down. Except just as soon as you hit one, another shows its head.

    Then I make the mistake of scrolling through social media. I mean, I should just know better, right? The happy couples. The new babies. The dream vacations.

    Have you ever been here?

    I gotta stop wandering through that kind of stuff looking for hope. Because let’s face it-it’s not there.

    I have to readjust my eyes to focus on Jesus instead of my situation.

    Comparison is one of the quickest ways to bring on discontentment. Suddenly the furniture I thought was loved and practical looks worn and tacky. The outfit that felt perfect becomes old and dated. The child or spouse starts to look like a human project just waiting for me to “fix” instead of a real person with normal flaws.

    So today, in the midst of all the stuff that looks like it’s wrong, I’m reminding myself of all the reasons I have to be thankful.

    For the precious family I still have here with me. For my health. For supporting family and friends.

    And then when I stop and am tempted to sit here and feel sorry for myself, i begin to see that maybe I have more to be thankful for than I thought.

    If you’re in the middle of a rough season right now in your own life, I hope we can take a moment together to step back and encourage one another. To keep patiently waiting on the Lord. To keep trusting in Him, even when His timing feels off and the plan doesn’t look like it’s coming together too well from our perspective.

    And most of all, to remind one another than He is good. His plans are good and He is still for us. Even when the situation doesn’t make human sense, we can continue to trust His promises.

    Keep holding on to Him, friends. And if you are too tired to hold on, let Him hold you.

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