Hearts at Home Blog Hop: Love Your Struggles (Scriptures for the Struggling)

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This month’s Hearts at Home blog hop theme is Love Your Struggles. When I read the topic, it really made me think. Most of the time when I’m faced with struggles or trials or troubles I don’t think of loving them. In fact I really don’t love them. I want to get out of them. I want them to be over. But the fact is that going through struggles and hard times really helps to grow us. Coming through a hard time can make us more mature and draw us closer to God. And whether or not those struggles do help us to grow depends upon how we handle them. The question is: when I face struggles do I allow God to help me draw closer to Him or do I push Him away and try to handle things on my own?

One of the biggest struggles I’ve faced is dealing with chronic pain. After surgery three and a half years ago, I began having frequent painful episodes. I hurt like I had the flu. It kept me from sleeping at night and made me very uncomfortable during the day. After months of trying to figure out what was happening, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The pain has steadily increased until last year when I went gluten free. I still have daily pain, and sometimes it is very severe. But eating gluten free has slowed the progression of the pain.

Living in pain has been a struggle. And I will admit that I haven’t loved this struggle many days. But I can also say beyond a doubt that dealing with chronic pain has drawn me closer to God. Without God’s strength, I literally cannot make it through the days.  What I’m able to do- homeschooling my kids, taking care of my home, taking the kids to activities- I can only do in the strength of God. Before the chronic pain I could take credit for all of this- or I would try. Now I know it’s all God.

It’s difficult to love my struggles. But God’s Word is full of words that assure me that God is in control of my trials. Here are some of my favorite Scriptures for struggling times.

James 1:Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

1 Peter 1: In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 

1 Peter 5: casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you

Matthew 6: 25 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 

Matthew 6: 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; foryour heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Job 26:2 “What a help you are to the weak!

How you have saved the arm without strength!

2 Corinthians 12: And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
Psalm 23:4  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.

These are some of my favorite verses that encourage me in my struggles. What are some of yours?

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