In the past weeks, I have found myself dealing with “life stuff.” Life seems like it is going along fairly well, then I find that I am overwhelmed with living with a chronic illness, or sad at relationships that need to be healed or longing to be with my parents again. If I am not careful, I can find myself discouraged very quickly.
I felt those familiar waves of discouragement come across my mind recently and had to remind myself again of the truth — the real enemy of my soul is not disease, brokenness or death – but the enemy of my Heavenly Father: his goal is to steal and kill and destroy my faith which will in turn destroy me
Then I dig a little deeper and I realize that at times, I probably share in the role of being my own worst enemy. I am the one who allows my thoughts and emotions to go to places of fear and sadness. When I do not take my thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5), I allow the enemy to steal the peace and grace given to me.
Not that all my struggles or issues are going to be healed or even okay — but that God’s purposes for me are to give me life here (and eternally) and to fulfill the purposes He has for me. That place of grace and peace can become my focus again when I am ready to quit dwelling on the struggle.
Yes, life stuff is hard and yes, I struggle with life being harder than I expected — but I can find the peace in the full life God provides for me each day.
He has come to give me life so that I can live it to the fullest!