Keeping Faith in Trials, Temptation and Tough Times

by Jen on January 24, 2011

how to keep faith in tough timesTrials knock at our heart and surround us. Temptations set in, hoping we’ll feel the pressure. Tough times come right after a moment of joy or small victory.

We toss and turn at night, wondering how these things work their way into our thoughts, into our dreams.

It starts to feel like we’re in a batting cage struggling to hit the balls being fired at us. It gets exhausting.

This is life in the world. It requires a continuous and active choice to choose God. To keep faith. To say, “I’m sorry.” To move ahead in hope rather than despair.

Last week I had to do this over and over again. Unfortunately I allowed temptation to work on my mind and made choices based on emotions, feelings of “Who needs this?” and more, but I don’t write that to wallow in defeat.

I write that because there is so much hope ahead.

Jesus Christ is the good shepherd. When we ask Him into our heart, He showers us with His unconditional love and devotion. He does not leave us. He sees us start over again and again. He sees us struggle with the desire to grow closer to God.

We have nothing to fear.

Keeping Faith in Hard Times

Going by faith — or, really living by faith — is about the free-will choice to trust God and choose His way over our own.

And it’s about keeping that faith, not just in times of peace, but in times when life feels grindy. In times when we want to give up or choose another path.

I’d love to say I get this right all the time, but I don’t.

I want to.

In fact, just after writing two blog posts about living by faith and genuinely desiring it in my life, I felt riddled with jabbing trials and temptations.

In each situation it seemed like I could see the problem clear enough to choose otherwise. I could see there was a way out, but then temptation blew in over and over.

It whispered all the thoughts my “self” wanted to hear. Words like “just give up,” “feel bad” or “who needs that crap.” (Sorry — that’s how temptation sounds in my ear at times.)

And why are these defeating thoughts even tempting? Maybe because it feels like “someone understands” — Yes, right, just give up; I totally should!

But who is the “someone who understands”? Would God draw near in a trying time and whisper, “Just give up”?

Stay Strong in the Word

Even — and maybe even especially — when we most desire to have a mind like Christ and live God’s way, battles attempt to set up camp in our heart.

In this same week, the Bible Verse of the Day dealt with keeping faith in tough times. GoingByFaith Facebook followers saw the updates:

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

And then came this one…

“[Trials and Temptations] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)

We wonder what “out” could come our way half-heartedly. We want to believe it, but we don’t know if we can.

And right there… right in that moment… that’s where a spiritual battle begins. In that exact moment, keeping faith means everything. Can I believe God? Or should I believe what I see based on the day-to-day world.

There’s that moment to choose. And often we have to go against everything that feels natural within us to choose good.

7 Bible Verses for Keeping Faith When Feeling Weak

Here’s the best part — Bible verses for keeping faith in weakness.

The LORD is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. (Psalm 105:4)

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. (Acts 27:25)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23)

How Do You Keep Faith in Hard Times?

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen January 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm

What a timely and good post – although I’m sorry to hear you’ve been experiencing trials and temptations.

I find the battle to keep my hope and optimism in trials and temptations is a challenge.

As soon as I feel that heavy ‘bleuch’, I fight to keep my hope and my joy. The awareness that the Devil is out to destroy, steal our joy, hope, faith and all.

When I lose those and peace, then I am in a vulnerable spot.

I love that you quoted Psalm 23 and Jesus the Shepherd here. I exhaled with relief. When we’re going through tough times we can react like a sheep in a field wandering off (we get confused, distracted, derailed), yet
the confidence we can have in knowing that Jesus is our Shepherd, watching over us, caring with a passion and going to find us again, is a restorer of peace and hope.

When it all feels ‘yuck’ I have to say those verses from Philippians “Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is true? “(my abridged version).

Get eyes off the struggles, on the lovely, on the Lord. Lifts us back up

xx

Bunnyb1802 January 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Hey there, sorry to hear its still kicking off for you. You’re so right when you note how, after a victory or a precious time with God, a temptation can come in like the wind and knock us over. One minute we’re on the mountain top in faith, the next, we walking the valley floor.

But there is that whole choice thing and especially is ignoring what our feelings tell us. My feelings can lie so badly “God doesn’t care” or “if God did care then this…. wouldn’t happen” All lies. So you’re right to point us back to the Word that tells us the truth and points us back to God. At the moment, things are tough on the family front and yet, inspite of stuff going on God keeps telling me to keep my eyes focused on Him and reminding me that “the truth shall set you free”. Whilst He’s saying this for a family member, I think God also says this because He knows His Word is powerful enough to set us free from lies about our situation, how we should behave and to just give up.

In addition to reading the Bible and thinking on it, I also find talking with other Christians to be highly uplifting in that we can spur one another one, to persevere and press in.

So to you Jen I say, Keep going chick. Keep believing, keep reading His word and keep praying. If you fall down, just pick yourself up and keep going. Great post and thanks.

Jennifer Johns January 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

Thanks for your thoughtful comments @Karen and @BunnyB — I agree fully to stay in the Word and trust in God, especially in down times!

Though I love sharing the uplifting messages we watch, read and receive every week, it’s important to keep it real — we all struggle. And yet in our weakness, we see the strength of God.

Blessings :)

David January 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Sometimes it’s just as important t keep the faith in good times too, and it can even seem more challenging. When we’re “drunk” in comfort we must never forget where our true comfort comes, from the Lord God and not from the TV, tax-return, or vacation in Hawaii. Of course every good gift is from God, and we can take comfort in that, but the point is that we shouldn’t forget God in good or bad times, be we should always hope in Him and keep faith, worshiping Him in our deeds, words and heart. Because when the vacations, TV’s, money, hardships, temptations, and difficult trials go away, God’s love is there to stay for all who will open the gates to life. “Open up you gates. Open wide, you aged doors and the glorious King will come in.” (Psalm 24:7)

Nicholas May 19, 2011 at 4:34 am

Thanks brothers and sisters for your blogs,they are uplifting and moral boosting when we feel down and out.if we keep the faith there,s always light at the the end of the tunnel.Our God is a loving God.We should continue loving each other as he loved us.The biggest gift that Jesus left us was love,

Jackie May 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Did u get my email i sent recently about my husband? I didn’t c a reply on ur site or in my email.
Ty, Lord bless…

Jennifer Johns May 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Dear Jackie…thank you for reaching out. Just sent you an email. Keep your faith. God is good, he will never leave you or forsake you.

I don’t know if this will be of any comfort, but when I experienced hospice and the death process with my grandfather, I learned more about God’s plan. http://goingbyfaith.com/end-of-life-beginning-of-life/

mark June 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

How to maintain faith when the devil is out there trying hard to destroy the mind of your wife, as she is under major depression… The devil talks, acts and manipulate your life thru your wife? Is there any faith at all to confront this? Help me!

Danielle June 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

All i can say is thank you so much for your encouraging words. I try to encourage myself like the word tells me too..but what do you do when you are just to extremely physically..spiritually..and emotionally drained to encourage yourself? So i decided to search for encouragement, and i found you.
2011> I got a call from my sister in the U.S Army crying telling me she needed me to relocate from Georgia to Colorado Springs to help her because her health was so poor she could no longer care for her 1yr old daughter. I sold everything i had in my house at a giant yard sale. I left my job as a manager, pack me and my 4 kids up and drove 2days to Colorado to take care of her. 2 months later she told me her EX husband wanted her back, but he said the house was too crowded and that we would have go..so she told me and my 4 kids to go. we slept in my truck. while living in my truck my husband of 4 years which at that time we were just separated, told me he wanted a divorce, and that he had gotten a girl pregnant with twins. I finally have saved up enough money to come home to Ga..i didn’t know ANYONE in Colorado, I just wanted to come home…but as i’m home..it hurt worse, because I’ve come back to nothing.

OLUYOMI July 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Infact,i realy appricate ur love for other. Thanks keep it up and the Lord wil see you through.(AMEN)

Ashley July 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

These stories of faith and strength have really touched my heart. I myself have a difficult time having true faith in the Lord and my thoughts are often covered with doubt. I am trying hard though to combat all this doubt and negativity and truly trust in the Lord.
Just to share my story I am about to start my college education in August and I am facing some obstacles. Its been really hard in terms of funding and I am just praying that I get my student visa as my intentions are good and I have the potential to succeed. Recently I have been faced with alot of tough decisions and I can only truly do one thing…trust in the lord and keep faith. If it is to be it will be and the Lord knows best I just have to keep faith.
For everyone else who is going through a rough patch just remember the Lord. He gives you no more than you can bare and it is all a part of the christian walk to a better life with Christ.

Thank You

Jennifer Johns July 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Mark — praying for you. And yes, God prevails over all evil, so keep seeking Him through this time and rely on Him, not on your own understanding, as the bible tells us. Thought: Have you read “The Bait of Satan” — it may be just in time.

Danielle — this is heartbreaking. Sister, I’m so sorry.
You asked what do you do when you are just too physically, spiritually and emotionally drained to encourage yourself.

When I get there, here’s what I remember: Turn it over to the Lord. (Over and over and over). Give it to Him because He’s the one who can give us the right kind of strength, the supernatural strength that goes beyond ourselves and our human limitations. We get burned out. We can only take ourselves so far. It’s not something we can understand and so we can only trust in Him. Keep taking every thought captive, and keep trusting Him to guide your feet and get you through one more day. When we seek Him, he uses our lives for mighty, mighty purposes. There is a reason you’re here, and I pray for your protection.

val September 8, 2012 at 7:16 am

I am going through a difficult time. Did something stupid and turned to God. I am facing jail time. Could lose my children, family, job. I try to be strong but doubt sets in. I am so afraid. I keep praying, reading the Word and praising and thanking God. Will He help me because I did wrong? Is there any hope for me? I feel changed in my heart. I feel like the ice has melted. I am now more patient and loving towards others. Do you think God causes things to happen to bring you back to him?

Danielval September 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm

May God bless all that contributed to this site , i got some relief…… I have always wanted to be a source of hope

rhandzu October 3, 2012 at 6:44 am

GOD bless you God really does use people, this was very helpful the Lord commands us to be strong and courangeous. Joshua 1v9

mary ann October 8, 2012 at 8:25 am

….know that im weak ..and surrender to God..then Rebuke…:) claim that we are together with Christ overcome the world…:) keeping faith..

yhani October 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I as well, life is throwing my past in front of my future. when you do bad things and make bad choices it starts to haunt you. especially when you sit back and realize life and regain composure and structure back into your life. you seek GOD and you hope and pray you can be forgiven, however many people need to hear this and confirm it through their priest, pastor, or a church member. pray for me ,GOD BLESS you all. your in my prayers

keisha November 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Reading this blog is bringing me peace I am going through tough times right now and as many of you said before the devil is working hard to bring us down by twisting our minds, thoughts and hearts….but we all must continue to look to God for he has all the answers

God bless you all

prosper December 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

i am blessed. God bless you as you abide in Him come what may

ngaifong December 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Rejoice when you go through trials. It’s in James 1: 2-4.
I’m about to go on a great adventure God has prepared for me. He’s been preparing me for it for a long time now. I have to go through a trial now to learn how to handle it later; kind of like how you have to learn how to drive a truck to be a truck driver. I’m learning to drive a truck tonight, metaphorically.
Does anyone have any good verses that show that God is bigger than everything? Like, that shows He’s bigger than the humans He created? I could use that right now.

Jennifer Johns December 15, 2012 at 12:23 am

Hi @Ngaifong! I love how, through the Spirit, God’s word builds us up and gives us the courage we need to face trials with a pure heart. Praying for you. There are some verses in this post http://goingbyfaith.com/overcome-anxiety-what-10-verses-from-the-bible-keep-teaching-me/ including:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

jesse December 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

I am so glad I found this site. I am currently going through the most difficult tribulation in my life. I wish to express myself on this site because everyone with exception of my immediate family has abandoned me. Friends I thought were friends became strangers. I was set up by my childhood best friend in a way that I could never imagine for the sole purpose of being exonerated from criminal charges. This person tested my sympathy as he pretended that his life was in danger in order to place me in a situation God knows I would have never been involved in. From the time we were just teens we were best of friends considered ourselves brothers for many years. As years passed we ended up taking separate pathways in life he was unfortunate and found himself in trouble with the law throughout the years. I blindly observed my life excel and the Lord blessed me in many ways. Now I’m fighting for my life for the sake and mercy of my son as everything I have earned and been blessed with is on the line to include my freedom. The other reason I was targeted was because he had a criminal record and was my friend and there were some who disagreed of our relationship due to my career status and felt it necessary to end our relationship, but why in such an evil way. I ask myself that every day, and I will never know the answer. I have climbed many mountains in my life, gone through many tribulations, defeated many challenges, proved many wrong, and now its all been wipped way with the push of a button. I have never been what I am being accused of, never would have been, had no reason to be but I made a mistake orchestrated by someone else and God knows this would have never occurred. One never knows or believes that such a betrayal could happen to you, but I am living proof that anybody can manipulated and lied to for the sole reason of inflicting malice and pain into someone for no reason at all. I pray to God every single day and ask to forgive them for what they have done to me and my family and ask him to give me the strength and peace as I go through this storm. My life long career dream has transformed into my nightmare and my dreams are only nightmares. I pray that they find it in their hearts to accept that I am not the person they created for one day of my life for their personal fufilment and exoneration of another person who indeed brought himself into trouble which did not need to be created for him. The lord is my shepherd and I am his chikd

jesse December 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I am so glad I found this site. I am currently going through the most difficult tribulation in my life. I wish to express myself on this site because everyone with exception of my immediate family has abandoned me. Friends I thought were friends became strangers. I was set up by my childhood best friend in a way that I could never imagine for the sole purpose of being exonerated from criminal charges. This person tested my sympathy as he pretended that his life was in danger in order to place me in a situation God knows I would have never been involved in. From the time we were just teens we were best of friends considered ourselves brothers for many years. As years passed we ended up taking separate pathways in life he was unfortunate and found himself in trouble with the law throughout the years. I blindly observed my life excel and the Lord blessed me in many ways. Now I’m fighting for my life for the sake and mercy of my son as everything I have earned is on the line to include my freedom. The other reason I was targeted was because he had a criminal record and was my friend and there were some who disagreed of our relationship due to my career status and felt it necessary to end our relationship, but why in such an evil way. I ask myself that every day, and I will never know the answer. I have climbed many mountains in my life, gone through many tribulations, defeated many challenges, proved many wrong, and now its all been wipped way with the push of a button. I have never been what I am being accused of, never would have been, had no reason to be but I made a mistake orchestrated by someone else and God knows this would have never occurred. One never knows or believes that such a betrayal could happen to you, but I am living proof that anybody can manipulated and lied to for the sole reason of inflicting malice and pain into someone for no reason at all. I pray to God every single day and ask to forgive them for what they have done to me and my family and ask him to give me the strength and peace as I go through this storm. My life long career dream has transformed into my nightmare and my dreams are only nightmares. I pray that they find it in their hearts to accept that I am not the person they created for one day of my life for their personal fufilment and exoneration of another person who indeed brought himself into trouble which did not need to be created for him. The lord is my shepherd and I am his child I know he his walking with me every step of the way, but at times many thoughts run through my mind which seem to sink me down and I have to constantly speak to God and ask him to strengthen me and forgive them for what they have done. I was betrayed by a person my mother once considered a son and treated him as one of her own..I was judged by authorities based on the fact I knew this person….and they did not approve of it, but there were other ways to cease this if they deemed it wrong in leui of destroying my life and family….why judge someone based on someone else for the purpose of destroying all my accomplishments…I will never know…they should think about everyone else like mothers, wives, brothers, and more importantly children prior to inflicting so much pain and sorrow on someone for no reason at all….they have repossessed everything I’ve ever earned in my life, destroyed my character, ended my career, but the one thing they will never take is my faith in God……because nobody can lie to him and he knows right from wrong, good and evil, and the ones who commit evil will not hide from him….a part of my life has died forever….and I will forever bare this scar that will never heal completely…..I was a good cop……..lord knows…

Jennifer Johns February 13, 2013 at 8:46 am

Hi Jesse — thanks for posting this. It sounds like a deep trial of faith, and you and your family will remain in our prayers that the truth will prevail and you will be exonerated.

You mentioned at the end that nobody can lie to God, and this is exactly where the truth hits our life. Jesus said that whoever is bent on securing his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for Jesus’ sake, and for the sake of the Good News, will secure it (Mark 8:35). While I don’t know the details of your situation, it’s great to hear that you know you’re living for something more than this life.

Evelyn March 27, 2013 at 1:16 am

Thank God i finally found this site.I really need your prayers as i am preparing for my school plans. I am supposed to start school in August but still have to get enough funding and also apply for my study permit. I hope everything will goes well because i really want it so bad.

Be Blessed.

mike April 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Hi Jennifer,I experience those same things to,anxiety,fear,depression.What i do is pray.I also read encouraging articles on faith and grace.I also think it is when we are drawing close to God and to Christ that we are attacked by the spiritual forces of darkness.The enemy doesnt want us to trust God,so its freak out time for them when we draw near to God.God promises that if we draw near to Him,satan will flee.Satan tries to cut off that connection.Nip it in the bud so to speak.Its when we need to be determined all the more to draw near to our God.Thanks for your blog,its another way to find comfort and encouragement from people of like minds.

Precious June 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Hello,

Im going through my own trials and tribulations. I chose to leave a man who controlled everything about me….the way I talk, what version of the bible I should read, how t dress, clean, etc. I was unhappy but he was my provider financially. I left him with nothing literally. I have no phone to communicate with anyone. I have no car. The car I had he bought and he wanted it back, I lost my job and have no way to continue paying for school, I lost my place so I had to move in with my parents after 10 years…Im 28 years old. Im trying to keep faith, that things will get better but honestly I feel lost. I dont know what Im going to do with nothing. My faith is dfinitely being tested. Ive found myself considering options that goes against my morals. LORD i ned help

Karen Hardaway July 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm

After reading some of the tests, what I am allowing myself to deal with is a light affliction. God opened a door for me, however the person behind the door wanted me out of the job, it has been more than a year and I am still there. God is my source for everything.

Rama August 17, 2013 at 3:30 am

Trust Jesus, that’s what I feel the Spirit just keeps telling me :) Trust Jesus- Through tough times-

Trust that He is the Lord of creation and can get you through this- lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Cling to Jesus, trust that He is our Shepard and that He will get us through tough times :)

Its so true about Jesus being our strength through our weakness- “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

I can tell you that I’m struggling though this time but sharing this is so cool- I just sense that I’m totally unable to do anything to change this situation I find myself in but its defiantly strengthening my trust in Jesus Christ to just say ”I choose to trust you Jesus Christ” even tho my mind and emotions feel I’m in trouble- Jesus is putting trust in my heart and giving me the strength in Him to continue!

Praise You Jesus Christ-

Thank you

allen gruszka October 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

i have been out of work since getting laid off in february.i feel as if everything but the kitchen sink has been thrown at me.there is evil and temptation in this fallen world.i have prayed hard like never before and have asked for absolution through heart felt repentance.and now i feel a sudden peace and a relaxed state of mind i never thought i had.we can overcome our worldly ways but we must walk by faith and not by sight.the lord is my shield of strength .i can do nothing without him.i thank thee with all of my heart.

Adam Strader November 15, 2013 at 10:33 am

When I am down and discouraged, I have a Psalm like to read. It helps comfort me and lets me know, I am not in this situation alone.

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” Psalms 91: 14-16NLT

“Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him and he will help you.” Psalms 37:3-4 NLT

“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret abouy their wicked schemes.” Psalms 37:7 NLT

“For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the Lord takes care of the godly. Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever. They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough.” Pslams 37:17-19 NLT

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT

Janette D November 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I ask that everyone that reads this keeps me lifted in prayer. I born again believer, recently accepted Christ as my everything. Blessed with his presence but I kinda sstruggle with putting all my faith & him giving all my troubles to him especially times like this when I really need to seek him on keeping faith.

Eric Aboagye November 25, 2013 at 8:59 am

Pray fervently for others and myself.

Destiny December 31, 2013 at 12:43 am

Thank you for taking the time to write this article. Today I had finally excepted god as my savor but I to have hard times with temptation and I feel at my weakest with everything going on in my life lately. But I really do like your choose of strong words. I hope everything goes well and may this new year be a positive life change for the better.^_^

florence February 7, 2014 at 9:22 am

thanx for the article it really makes me feel better. im going thru a tough at the moment my husband walked out on me during xms. i hv a two year old baby ad i hv been looking for a job i cnt find it im behind on rent might face eviction. ad i hv no idea wat my baby will eat tomorow or the other day its like all doors r just closed on me sometyms i feel like committing suicide

Beth March 20, 2014 at 3:04 am

Florence, please take suicide off the table and do not consider it. Jesus died for your sins; do not reject that by taking your own life. What would become of your baby? Turn to and rely solely on the Lord. Pray fervently and earnestly that He will open doors for you, and that you will have a clear path to employment and some financial security. Seek out blogs like this for encouragement and direction.

My world was turned upside down three years ago with a perfect storm of events. We are still struggling every day. The death of my precious dog set off this chain of events. My mother was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. My son decided it was time to end his ten year marriage. Mother died after 8 months and went to be with the Lord. Sons divorce was ugly beyond measure w/ his wife using my two grandsons as her weapons of choice. I began to probate my mother’s estate and got strong resistance from my two older sisters. The probate is done now and they haven’t spoken to me in over a year. I handled the estate in the manner in which my mother intended. My conscience is clear. Then, my husband’s business failed. His father had it before him and for 47 years it had provided a very good living to two generations. My husband contemplated suicide. We were/are both depressed, despondent over all this mess. We are $400,000 in debt from the collapse of business, our bills are behind and now my husband’s father is ill. The hits just keep coming. I pray every day that God will help me see that I don’t have the means to deal with this and will turn to him. I pray for mercies and grace to help us crawl out from under this mess. It has been three years. After a rather charmed life, we are both being tested beyond anything I ever thought I’d have to endure. I know this burden will not take me down because I know God will not give me more than I can handle. I pray for the courage and faith to simply let go and let God. It is a walk of faith and a surrender of any ideas I might have had that I am in control.

Florence, I hope your situation has improved. Please put your faith in God and pray with every fiber of your being that doors of opportunity will open. I will pray for you also.

Kweku March 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

God bless you for your wonderful message to the world. I have really had a hard time “Keeping Faith in Trials, Temptation and Tough Times” but the Lord who sees his servants and never let them fall a prey unto the wicked one redeems and always establishes their feet upon a rock. By the discovering of your website, I have also learnt to keep up the faith and be steadfast so that the glory of God would be shown around the life of his children.

Bless you Jenny

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