It Stinks!

Written by Laura Spurlin

It stinks to suffer.
It stinks to hurt.
It stinks to wake up with tension.
It stinks to battle the same demons day after day or month after month.
It stinks to walk in a circle.
It stinks to heal from one hurt and be struck with another.

It stinks.

“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”
1 Peter 5:10 NLT

There is no explanation for the hard moments in this life, but there is a purpose for each of them.

There is no amount of my own worrying that will change the will of God.

There is no way for us to understand the work of God, but thankfully His will is perfect.

I have to remind myself that God is not surprised. He is not shocked. He is not sitting on His throne worrying the hours away and waiting for an update.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.””
Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT

The unknown, it is known by God.

The sudden change, it is not sudden to God.

The ache of worry we feel, it is not from God.

God will personally go before us in every situation. No matter the outcome, Jesus is there. No matter the sadness, Jesus is there. No matter the difficult moments, Jesus is there. No matter the victory, Jesus is there.

Whatever the reason for my suffering, I give it all to You.
Whatever the reason for my pain, I give it all to You.
Whatever the reason for the paths that I keep facing, I give it all to You.

When I feel like I cannot keep going, You see me through.
When I feel like I cannot do this again, You see me through.

Father, You see the other side of this suffering.

Lead me. Guide me. Sustain me. Equip me. Drag me, if You have to. Remind me that I am able because You are within me.

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Written by Laura Spurlin

Laura is a nurse who boxed up her scrubs to be a stay-at-home-mama to her two kiddos. In this season of motherhood, her anxiety hit a soaring peak and her depression hit a deep low. With this battle came a stronger, deeper, and more surrendering (on her end) relationship with Christ, and a love for writing what He places on her heart about mothering, marriage, and mental health.

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