Brave Enough to Hold On

This morning’s devotion was interesting. It had three things the author was encouraging us not to give up on as we considered whether holding on was worth it. I guess I’ve been braver in my life than I thought because I’ve never given up on more than two of them at a time. What are they? This is what she says. “Don’t give up on life. Don’t give up on God. Don’t give up on yourself.” (100 Days to Brave, Annie F. Downs)

At times, I’ve given up on each of these things, but never all at once. I don’t think I’d be here anymore if I’d given up on all of them at the same time. 🙂 It’s like God has been building my bravery one block at a time. When I’ve given up on myself, He has brought people into my life who I’ve loved more than I’ve wanted to give up.  When I’ve given up on God, He has sent people to show His love. When I’ve given up on life, well, I haven’t done that yet though I’ve come awfully close. As we all know, life is hard, harder than we want it to be sometimes. Everyone else seems to be doing well except for us, and it can be frustrating. Those same people seem to be willing to tell the rest of us what we should be doing in our faith not realizing we are hurting ourselves.

But, I look at today’s Scripture and realize it gives me the reason, more than anything else, about why I shouldn’t give up on life. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” The troubles we have here are temporary though they can be overwhelming. What’s more important is what’s eternal. This is encouraging to me when nothing else is. We need to fix our eyes on Jesus and forget about the rest of it.

It’s hard though, isn’t it? And right now, for me, it’s the hardest it’s been for a while. I’ve been listening to my Christian playlist on Spotify while I’ve been writing this, and a song played that has been sticking on the edge of my conscience for a while. It’s the song Thy Will by Hilary Scott. She wrote it after she had a miscarriage, but I think it helps anyone who is hurting. Here are the words, and I hope it helps you as much as it’s helped me.

Thy Will by Hilary Scott

I’m so confused

I know I heard you loud and clear

So, I followed through

Somehow I ended up here

I don’t wanna think

I may never understand

That my broken heart is a part of your plan

When I try to pray

All I’ve got is hurt and these four words

 

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

 

I know you’re good

But this don’t feel good right now

And I know you think

Of things I could never think about

It’s hard to count it all joy

Distracted by the noise

Just trying to make sense

Of all your promises

Sometimes I gotta stop

Remember that you’re God

And I am not

So

 

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Thy will

 

I know you see me

I know you hear me, Lord

Your plans are for me

Goodness you have in store

I know you hear me

I know you see me, Lord

Your plans are for me

Good news you have in store

 

So, thy will be done

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

I know you see me

I know you hear me, Lord

 

Praying God’s blessings on you all today!

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