Aren’t there times when we feel hopeless, discouraged, and stressed?

How often do we let our problems and struggles wear us down physically,  emotionally, or mentally?

Sometimes,  I find myself trying to “figure things out” and working my mind into a frenzy over how I’m going to handle the next big step or change in our lives. Our sometimes I can find myself overly burdened about whether or not I’m making the right decision for my family.

But there is something greatly helpful that happens when I allow my thinking to rise above the challenges and circumstances of today and past the anxiety of tomorrow. There is an empowerment that is available, an, annointing of peace and direction and clarity that I can experience when I lean to God for His guidance.

As a father loves and pities his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe].
Psalm 103:13 AMP
http://bible.com/8/psa.103.13.AMP

You see,  I can admit to you that I have a problem of forgetting at times that even these current situations and trials have a purpose – an amazing and eternal purpose. It’s easy to get caught up only in what we can see,  touch, taste, and feel.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:1-5 ESV
http://bible.com/59/rom.5.1-5.ESV

Even the trials are an opportunity for growth,  for us to be changed, grace upon grace, glory upon glory,  situation after situation – to react in His ways instead of our own. And all it takes is trusting in Him, remembering the price paid, believing,  and following in His footsteps.

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! 
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and give you support from Zion! 
May he remember all your offerings
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah 
May he grant you your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans! 
May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions! 
Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand. 
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. 
They collapse and fall,
but we rise and stand upright. 
O Lord , save the king!
May he answer us when we call.
Psalm 20:1-9 ESV
http://bible.com/59/psa.20.1-9.ESV

The Lord gives victory to His anointed.

“The Spirit of the Lord  is upon me,  because he has anointed me  to  proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives  and  recovering of sight to the blind,  to set at liberty those who are oppressed,   to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19 ESV
http://bible.com/59/luk.4.18-19.ESV

My help comes from the Lord.

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 ESV
http://bible.com/59/psa.121.1-2.ESV

When we rely only on ourselves and our limited abilities and skills that we run into problems. Let’s remember where our help comes from today, friend.