Let’s get real here friends.
Life is hard. Being a woman is hard. Parenting is hard. Work is hard. Doing the right thing is hard.
And sometimes we do it well. And sometimes we don’t.
You know, in easy times and in tough times most of us know at least one thing to do to help ourselves or our situation. We know at least one thing to help us lose weight. We know at least one thing to raise our kids to be happy and healthy. We know at least one thing to help our relationships.
YET, sometimes we do those things and sometimes we don’t.
Why? Why do we choose to do things that we know probably won’t help and might even hurt the situation or circumstance.
Because we’re tired. We’re overwhelmed. We don’t have any willpower left.
Plus, pride, selfishness, the ways of the world, and evil can get in the way too.
And choosing the quick or easy thing doesn’t usually give us the results we’re looking for. In our culture of instant gratification hard work doesn’t seem very enticing.
So, what are we to do to help ourselves get through- especially during the really tough times? Here’s my top three ways:
Turn your eyes to Jesus. Tell him your hurts, your struggles, your pain. He knows what you’re going through, and he knows how it feels.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
And God wants us to co continually ask, seek, and knock. It’s not a one time and voila. Draw close to God in persistent prayer and He will draw near to you.
2. Read and Meditate on Scripture
The Bible has answers for all life questions and struggles. It may not be in the form of a neon blinking sign (which I prefer! Ha!). But, as we read more of God’s word we get to know Him more, and He then reveals more of his plan.
Study scripture (and believe it) for tips on physical, emotional, and spiritual health. It’s the greatest guidebook ever!
“Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?'”
3. Get an Accountability Partner
Having someone like a friend, coach, or pastor to help hold you accountable can be life changing. They can help you step towards your goals in a way you can’t do by yourself.
Again, most of us know what to do. We just have a hard time following through. Having an accountability partner can be the missing piece- especially if we’ve tried again and again without success.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other one up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
Which one of these do you need more of in your life? How can you implement more of that starting today?
Set yourself up for success and better ability to handle the storms of life with these three tips.
If you need someone to be your accountability partner, I would be honored to have the opportunity to walk alongside you in life.
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