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"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."  Hebrews 4:16

We all have problems. We all have done something we are not proud of. All of us, have been through some kind of pain in this life.

Yet, none of us should let what we have been through stop us from moving forward in our lives. Sometimes, forgiveness is difficult to give to ourselves or others. We might feel as if we are alone, unloved, or without help.

Perhaps, you have been in one of these places, and you are trying to start life over or wanting to move past your pain right now. What’s stopping you may be your feelings of not deserving a better life or the opinions of others. Could it be, that you feel, deep inside, that you will never be accepted, or you think you will always be miserable in this life? Please reconsider these feelings.

Don’t do things to hurt yourself, alienate yourself from others, or believe that things will never change or that you can’t get out of what you are in. I may not know what you are facing or going through. However, I know what it is like to feel pain or thoughts of unworthiness.

Because of that, I want to share something with you. Being alone, sitting alone with your pain, doesn’t make it any better. Worse, it won’t make it go away.

Truth be told, some memories are very difficult to forget. Despite this, I don’t want you to give up. Friends, it is possible to move past the memories and the hurt, and it is possible to begin to live your life again!

Even better news, you don’t have to do it alone. Hear me out. In some of my hardest times, I lean on Jesus. Sometimes, it takes me a while, but I do it. Here is why.

No matter how hard it is to get past my feelings, I know that nothing else can change how I feel, but the love of Jesus. Even in the anger, when I cannot seem to pray, I tell that to God. I have learned to be honest, and He listens.

How do I know, because the anger, difficulty praying, and the other feelings start to slip away. In it’s place, come the joy and peace I am looking for. Disclaimer: There is no time table or method to this. It is different for us all, but it is possible.

All I know is, if you want to see small, tangible, changes in your life, start by talking to God. Tell Him how you feel, and He will listen. When the feelings you are fighting creep in, don’t let it stop you! Just keep on praying to God.

Now, I won’t promise that the pain of life will end. I won’t tell you that problems will cease. Yet, I can tell you that if you don’t let the pain and problems of life stop you from praying to God, about what troubles you, He will help you handle it all (2 Corinthians 12:9).

This is a really short clip about how God gives us grace to handle our lives (less than 2 minutes)!