Finding Hope In Trials

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Sometimes life can seem so heavy. The burdens we carry seem so big. Whether it’s small things that add up, or big issues that weigh us down. In the mundane, or the unordinary.

I vividly remember spring of 2011 – I was healing from a difficult break up, while at the same time starting to rekindle a friendship with Jeff, my now husband. My heart was heavy with grief over my loss, and at the same time budding with hope of my unknown future and the possibility of a new relationship. On top of that, I was concluding two years of an intense internship and seeking what to do next. Let’s just say it was a season of me constantly seeking the Lord and crying out for wisdom, hope, and courage to believe in His good plan. I came across this quote from Charles Spurgeon at this time that deeply uplifted my heart. I went searching for it again today, in hopes that it’d encourage your sweet heart, and to remember God’s faithfulness and trustworthiness for my own heart. What a beautiful thing that we can “roll our burdens” to God and wait for Him to act. He is our rock and our mighty fortress!

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” Psalm 37:5-6

“Roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord. Leave with Jehovah not thy present fretfulness merely, but all thy cares; in fact, submit the whole tenor of thy way to him. Cast away anxiety, resign thy will, submit thy judgment, leave all with the God of all….The ploughman sows and harrows, and then leaves the harvest to God. What can he do else? He cannot cover the heavens with clouds, or command the rain, or bring forth the sun or create the dew. He does well to leave the whole matter with God; and so to all of us it is truest wisdom, having obediently trusted in God, to leave results in his hands and expect a blessed issue.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

Sister, are you needing a job right now? Desiring a relationship? Healing from a break up or conflict with a friend? Are you scared of the future, or the unknown of this summer? Are you needing a place to live, or worried over a family member or friendship? Are you struggling through the every day, working through an issue with your husband, waiting on the Lord for provision? Wherever your heart is today, we can commit our way to Him. We can leave our worries, doubts, desires and dreams at His feet- and wait for Him to act. We aren’t in control. He is. He desires for us to run to Him, leave our longings with Him, and wait. Let’s wait and see what God does. His ways are so much higher than our own, so much better, and fuller. He is after our joy and will accomplish His plans for us, for His name’s sake.

You can rest in that.

This is just some of the things I include in my new e course called Power Of The Psalms. The Psalms are such an untapped and beautiful book that has gotten me through so many tough times. It’s a book of songs, laments, prayers, and cries. And it can be deeply healing to use them in those seasons. To celebrate the release of the course, if you preorder the course (which comes out January 1st), you get Jeff’s e course on how to study the bible TOTALLY free instantly. So you get two courses for the price of one. And you get all our free goodies with it like a spoken word cd, multiple free ebooks, hand lettering artwork, and two workbooks! Click here or the picture below to check it out.

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  • Hi Alyssa,

    I have to be honest. I found this post to be very disappointing. I’m a huge fan of what little work I’ve seen of Jefferson’s. When I saw his tweet about your post, I was hoping to find an insightful look at how to reconcile real hardship and trials we have in life, with verses in the bible about dealing with trials. Because as we all know, when you’re in the middle of a trial, the last thing you want to hear are just bible verses regurgitated to you. Then at the end to see it’s just a “commercial” for the ecourse, wow, I am just really disappointed.

    I’m not trying to be a troll. Far from it. But last night (and recently) I’ve been really struggling with aspects of my faith. To see a tweet from someone whose work and words usually have meaning, about a blog post that is really empty and in the end just an ad for an ecourse, I don’t know, I just felt like I wanted to share those honest feelings with you.

    I apologize if this hurts. I’m not trying to do that. Nor do I want to minimize the work and writing you do. I have not read any of your other posts, so this is my first experience with your writing.

    FWIW, I would love to see a post that really tackles the hard issues of dealing with trials. In a way that acknowledges the cold, hard truth that sometimes, reading the bible actually makes you feel WORSE, not better. If you’re feeling like God is not hearing you, and you read verses like the ones you mentioned, that does not help. It just makes you more confused. So, how do you deal with that? That’s what I was hoping to read.

  • Alexis Daniel

    I found this very encouraging! I love reading your posts. Have you written a post on how you and Jeff went about rekindling your friendship// the process before you started dating again? Thank you for being such an incredible woman of God, and sharing His love with us!

  • Emily Reed

    This is exactly what I needed to hear, and it brought me to tears. It’s very encouraging to read the testimony of someone who’s been and gone through the very same things I’m currently going through, and to hear how you’ve come out on the other side of your trials, victorious and blessed. It gives me hope in a very dark place and for that, I thank you endlessly. Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart, and for bringing some healing to my broken heart. ~Emily

  • Sophie Delay

    This post is so timely.
    I’m a post-graduate looking for a job. This week has been the toughest since I started looking 3 months ago. I felt so lost, I don’t know where to look, where to go, where to live and what to do. France is not as big as the US, but it feels so big when you are not sure where you will land.
    One friend send me a paragraph of this post yesterday and I really felt God was speaking directly to me. And then I read this post and I saw it was really from god.
    We can trust Him. We can wait on Him.
    Thank you 🙂