Life’s Challenges Just Seem Too Hard

Q. Could you please share some encouragement? Life is so hard . . . .

A. Let’s Talk! In my last post I talked about the grid system when things get overwhelming. Staying in His Presence is the spiritual help we’ll talk about today. Ask for Him, His grace, His strength. Remember too that the furnace for gold is hotter than a refining pot for silver, and that He is in the furnace with us.

I never dreamed life would be this difficult for my children and grandchildren. Just years ago life didn’t seem this challenging. Our world is certainly spinning at high speed, for starters. Our electronic devices keep this pace going, plus distract us from our help coming from above. I am sure I ask Google for help in times when I should look up instead!

The serious and sobering times we are in implore us to ask for His Presence. The Lord never meant for us to walk through these fiery battles alone, without His Presence. He delights in our pursuing Him just as He delights in pursuing our hearts. Would you ask Him to bring His Presence into your space and steps today? With His Presence, the fire has no power and we don’t smell of smoke.

For Deeper Reflection
Psalm 121: 2
“My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”

Proverbs 17:3 “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold …”

Daniel 3:24-28 “Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”  “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace…. And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them. Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!”

Song: “Shoulders” by For KING & COUNTRY

Enjoy the encouragement of this song by For KING & COUNTRY, whose chorus reminds us:

My help comes from You
You’re right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue
I don’t have to see to believe that You’re lifting me up on Your shoulders

Helen B. McIntosh has a doctorate in counseling psychology and is a national board certified professional counselor and certified in reality therapy. An educator for 19 years, Dr. McIntosh is an author, a highly demanded national speaker and inventor of the Peace Rug®, an international curriculum for conflict resolution.

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  1. Great reminder and a great post about what is most important – our pursuit of His presence and who He is.
    Thanks for the good words! 😉

    • Love tracking with you and Nancy! Definitely “being OK” is a function of the Spirit. LOVE U, Helen

  2. Nancy Quisenberry says

    Wonderful reflection on how HE is in charge and how we need to slow down the pace so we can recognize His Almighty ness in every element of our lives!

    • Love tracking with you and Blythe! Definitely “being OK” is a function of the Spirit. LOVE U, Helen

  3. I recently read this and, in an awkward wonderful way, I was comforted.

    “When God is trying the hearts of men, He is examining them to see what is there which ought not to be there, and He is proving them. He is testing them to see that of which the individual is really made and how he is going to stand in certain circumstances, whether or not he can be depended upon as far as God Himself is concerned. [and] Sometimes he is proven in order to nullify the accusations of Satan because Satan is constantly accusing the brethren… .” Think of Job.

    Love you my friend! Hugs!

    • dearest Brenda – I have seen you come out as gold with every test! Good words!! Love you – Helen