Old Struggles –

Ever have something pop up that you thought for sure you had beaten? A struggle that you were sure you were over? And you’re stuck battling it thinking, “Why now? Why today? I thought this was done with. I don’t want to face this again. I feel like a failure at faith and at grace.”?

Remember today that God’s plan is bigger than our shortcomings. That all throughout the Bible we see the way His plan has remained strong, even while being executed through imperfect human beings. His plan is bigger than the thoughts that plague us. It’s bigger than our inability to always approach life with the correct mindset. It’s bigger than the messes we can make in our own minds and with our own hands.

As you face this day, trust God to use this struggle to bring you closer to Him; to teach you more about Him, more about yourself, and more about your faith. You may already know the truths that will help you tackle this, but perhaps you need practice with running to those truths and applying them directly to your situation. Perhaps you need a reminder of this struggle in order to prepare your heart to reach out with empathy to another who is fighting a similar battle.

Successful days have their place, but so do the days when we’re falling apart. If you’ve been taken aback by a surprise struggle lately or feel defeated by a recurring difficulty in your life/relationships/faith, know that God has a purpose in each day of your life. There is a purpose in this battle and you ought not to be discouraged by its presence in your life, knowing that our God is the redeemer of our every shortcoming. That which might knock us down, God can use to build us up. That which might trip us up, God can use to steady our step.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” -Ephesians 3:20-21

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