We Weren't Made To Handle Life Alone!

"BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2

Problems are Normal!

WHEN YOU FEEL OVERWHELMED, don't believe for a second that you are the only one. One in 6 people contemplate suicide some time in their life, and one in 12 try it. Why? Because Life Is Hard!

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"NO TEMPTATION OR TRIAL has come upon you that is not common to man, and God is faithful, that in that time of trouble, He will provide you a way of escape that you may be able to endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13, paraphrased

What this is saying is that whatever you are facing, whether it is caused by your own actions or not, it is common and others have faced the same thing.

And, if others have made it through this type of hard time, YOU CAN TOO!

I have lived through trial after trial, some caused by my own poor decisions, and I have learned to thrive with peace and joy. How? By learning from God, the Bible, and from the stories of others. I figure, if someone else can endure this hardship, and make it through, so can I...and so can you!

That is the reason for this website, to share with you the stories you can use to know you are not alone, and you can make it, too! And, no matter what happens, you need to know, you are never alone and never have to handle life all by yourself.

What's Your Trouble?

REMEMBER THIS: It is not healthy or helpful to think you are living with greater problems than others. Over half of marriages end in divorce. Right there, over half of the population has gone through incredibly hard times. Divorce, marital infidelity, relationship infidelity, feeling unloved or inadequate, financial loss, loss of job, health problems, death of a loved one, depression, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, mental and physical abuse, etc. The possibilities of what could and does go wrong goes on and on. Chances are, if you think someone is having a great life, you just don't know them well enough for them to let you in on their problems.

Even if someone does seem to have everything going for them, it won't last. The only way to avoid loss is to avoid caring, and that in itself could be considered to be the biggest problem of all. Jesus said, "No greater love has anyone than this, that he would lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13. Love and compassion bring lasting peace and joy that does not come from other things.

Learning to Live in Hard Times

THE PERFECT LIFE, who really has it? Some people may have a season where everything seems to go right, but it doesn't last. People who seem to have everything often lose appreciation for things because they have it, so it is no longer special. Or, everything seems to be going along fine, and then they are in a horrible accident, lose a loved one, etc. The bottom line is that life is full of very hard times.

I used to think of hard times as bad. I could give you a list of hard times I have been through that I even have a hard time believing! But, do you know what? Looking back at them now, I would not give up a single one. Hind sight, as they say, is 20-20. In fact, the longer you can look back, the higher those hind sight numbers can become.

Why are the bad times good? Without the hard things I have been through, I would not have the compassion and understanding I have today. I don't care about things. I don't worry about being alone. I don't pay attention if someone does or doesn't like me because I am too busy thinking about how I might be able to show love to others. Love isn't a getting, selfish task. Love is total giving, not a barter, not expecting anything in return. Love doesn't say, "Poor me." Love looks around at who might need a hug, at who might need a meal, at who might need a friend. Love doesn't have needs. Love fills needs.

Why am I talking about love when I am supposed to be talking about learning to live in hard times? Because that is what Jesus taught. Jesus said that the main thing we are to do is to love God, and the second is to love all others. Jesus said if we do those two, the rest will fall into place. Love is the key to solving all problems. If loving others is your focus, you aren't worried about what they think of you, not worried about what you have or don't have, but you are thinking about their needs and how you can show them love.

Are you lonely? Ask God to show you someone who needs your love. Chances are, they are all around you in droves if you open your eyes. If you show unconditional love to others, they might hurt you, but remember, the love is unconditional, meaning you understand if someone strikes you, that they are have huge problems and probably need love much more than you were able to give.

Is the person God leads you to not good enough to be your friend? You do realize the difference between any of us is miniscule compared to the difference between God and us, I hope. Yet, God is your friend. Better than that, God is your Father, and He loves you and wants to care for you, even though we are all nothing compared to Him. Yet, this love for you is so complete that He gave His Son to die for you so that you could spend eternity in heaven with Him some day. He gives you this gift simply because He loves you that much. You didn't do anything to earn it. And, others don't do anything to deserve our love and kindness either. But, in the same way God showed us how much He loves us, we are to show love to others...all others.

Why bother? Why would you want to live to love others? You want to learn to live with peace and joy in hard times, don't you. Well, love is the answer. Love is what got the early Christians so excited, excited enough to be thrown in prison, fed to lions, etc., and yet still proclaim to follow Christ. Love is what fills your mind, body, and soul with caring. Love overcomes worry about what you have or don't have and replaces it with caring about the needs of others. Love replaces bitterness and hatred with forgiveness and mercy.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

Living in The Greatest Love

JESUS SAID, "NO GREATER LOVE has anyone than this, that he would lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 It is when you stop thinking about yourself and start living to love others that you stop filling your mind with all the things that bring you pain. I have often lived with great physical pain, but when I have my mind filled with a project, with how I can help others, I can often even forget my body and ignore the pain.

For, there are three things that will endure: Faith, Hope and Love, but the Greatest of these is Love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Living Water

geyserTHIS YELLOWSTONE GEYSER image reminds me of the living water Jesus offered a sinful woman He met at a well, a woman who had many husbands and was now living with a man who was not her husband.

This woman was far from perfect or deserving, yet He said all she had to do was ask, and He would give her something better than she had ever had before. This same offer is available to all who ask, believing in their heart that they will receive. What is this gift?

The gift is the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised when He stopped living as a human on the earth, that He would send another helper, another comforter, someone to lead and guide us. And, that Holy Spirit would be a part of Him that would come to live inside all who accept this gift. John 7:37–39

Your problems will not instantly go away. Your problems may never go away. People often ask, "Why would I follow God if He isn't going to take away my problems?" God is not Santa Claus. God won't give us whatever we think we want. Instead, God allows problems, because it is through adversity that we grow in character and strength. It is through surviving problems that we are able to love others fully.

It is through the Holy Spirit, living inside us, guiding us, teaching us, comforting us, that we are never alone. Learn to rely on the one who loves you most, the Creator, God, and His Son, Jesus, that He gave to die for us. Jesus died as payment for any wrongdoing we have done in our lives so that we may be able to live one day with Him in that place of perfection that is not this earth, but heaven. We may ask, "Why did a good God allow sin?" God allowed sin on earth to give us the ability to choose Him or not. If we want to live in that perfect world with Him, we have to be willing to accept that God is God, so much mightier than we can even comprehend. We are not on the same level with Him, and do not get to decide how we want this world or eternity to be. But, if you are willing to accept Him as God, as one who is worthy to rule for eternity, then you can choose to accept His free gift of salvation, a gift paid for by God Himself, by sending a part of Himself, Jesus, to earth to pay the entry fee for you with His life. We are not worthy. We are not perfect. But, we are made perfect to live in His perfect world for eternity if we accept it.

It's completely up to you. You can have the Living Water, the Holy Spirit, a part of God, living inside you to guide you and help you here on earth, and to be with Him for eternity in heaven, if you just say, "Yes." And, if you say, "yes," He will begin changing your heart and your life forever.

This truly is THE GREATEST LOVE.

What is the most important thing we must do?
We must love God with all of our hearts,
putting Him first in our lives.
And the second most important is like the first:
we must love all others as we love ourselves.

Jesus, Matthew 22:36-40

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