When the going gets tough … the tough get retrospect.

The difficult thing about life is that, sooner or later, something’s going to come along that is going to challenge you to your very core. It will challenge your hopes, your dreams, your ideas, your plans, your future, your actions … and very, or most often, it challenges your belief on who you are, and who God is. It could be something that comes along, or it could be something that never goes away…

I’m so glad that we don’t see these things coming. We don’t know exactly what life holds in store for us from the second we are born. Would we ever believe that we could survive? Would we believe that we would somehow have the strength and will and grace to carry on?
I believe that there are many good reasons for God not allowing us to see into the future. He protects us from knowing what will happen, but most importantly He prepares us to handle what’s coming…

Deuteronomy 3:25  “Your bars shall be iron and bronze,
    and as your days, so shall your strength be.”

Do you know what this means? This means that God knows the troubles we will face in life, he has measured them and weighed them, and then, He has given us the strength to get through them. That old cliché that says “God will never give you anything you can’t handle” could not be more true! His sovereignty allows them in our lives and His strength and grace sustains us through them.

My sister and I never thought we would be able to live a single day on earth without my mother, but here we are … almost 3 years later. Sometimes when i think of another 3 or 30 years to go, I doubt very much that I will be able to do it, especially without my own family support me or distract me.

The cool thing about retrospect, is that it shows you how often the thing that you don’t know if you can do, is the thing that you’ve been doing all along.
It shows us how we’ve pulled through, how we’ve overcome obstacles, how we’ve done what seems impossible, and how God has given us the strength and the grace to keep going, and going and going. Waking up ‘somehow’ and living life ‘somehow’ and making it through ‘somehow’.

So whether it’s adapting to living without a loved one, or living in a new city, or living a new lifestyle … You can do it, you’ve been doing it, you are doing it right now and you can keep on doing it! God will keep teaching you how to do it, and has already put everything you need in you to get you through!

“As your days are so shall your strength be!”

Love Jo x


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