The Ups and Downs of Life

Does your life ever feel like an endless rollercoaster ride?  It’s full of ups and downs and crazy hairpin turns. Sometimes it flips you upside-down or plunges you into a dark tunnel. And that’s just Monday morning!

We’ve all been there.

Yesterday I learned that I have bursitis in my right shoulder. The timing is horrible with company expected this weekend, and our home still a mess from a recently completed flooring project. Cleaning is on hold, as are my PraiseMoves classes while I work through physical therapy and try to regain mobility.  I just don’t have time to be sidelined right now. But I have to ride it out.

When the Bottom Drops Out

Like an amusement park thrill ride, you’re never really prepared for what’s on the other side of that hill. You leave your stomach at the top, and scream all the way down. Never an adrenaline junkie, I was always relieved  when the ride finally came to a screeching halt. My days of jumping back in line are long gone. Nowadays, I am content to sit on the park bench, minding the backpacks while everyone else rides.

When every day brings a fresh challenge, how do we gather the courage to keep on fighting? Where do we find our strength?

The Bible is always the best place to start. No matter where you are in your faith walk, you will find strength and inspiration in God’s Word:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” — Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” — ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-11‬

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”
— Corinthians‬ ‭16:13‬

Never Give Up

There will be days when our greatest task (or accomplishment) is getting out of bed. It’s still a victory.

For my loved ones in pain — physical and emotional — I am praying for you. I know life has beaten you down and you may feel alone, abandoned and scared. But this wild ride won’t last forever. There are peaceful days ahead. I promise!

Jesus loves you.
He will never leave you.
Cling to him and wait for the calm. ❤️

 

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