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Challenges Women Face

December 9, 2016

Dear Julie,

My husband and I are going through terrible financial and health issues. It’s been going on for several years. We pray every single day for just something good to happen so we can catch a break. My husband works and he has an aneurysm on his heart that has to be monitored.

I can’t work anymore due to health reasons and have applied for disability and have been turned down. I have reapplied, but it just takes forever. We lost one vehicle to repossession, and were almost evicted. We also have family issues as well. It has been so horrible for us. We try so hard to keep the faith, but how do we do that with all the turmoil and heartbreak we are having? We pray and pray, but seem to get nowhere. What do we need to do?–Heartbroken

Dear Heartbroken,

Sometimes it seems we just can’t catch a break. Makes me think of Job and all that he went through. It seemed impossible. Plus his useless friends made him feel worse by suggesting he’d sinned or was responsible for all of this.

Turns out it had nothing to do, really, with Job. It was a battle royal between Satan and God. Job became involved because he was a good man in his generation and God knew he could be trusted not to cave in to the temptation to “curse God and die.”

Maybe that’s your situation. Maybe Satan is trying to get you to give up the faith and turn your back on God.

You know what? Even though Job was “blameless and upright”, he still had something to learn about God. And when he became aware of God’s power and might, he said, “I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5)

I suggest you re-read Job 38-41. Meditate on who God is and what He can do. Can he lift you out of all the turmoil and heartbreak you are having? Most definitely. You ask what you need to do. Turn to God. Tell Him you are lost without His help and that you will obey whatever He tells you to do.

That means if He says to wait, you wait. If He says no, you continue to wait on Him to show you the way. If He says yes, you rejoice and follow Him out of your troubles. Perhaps He’ll show you where help is available, either through your church or some governmental agency. This time of year there is often additional help available through food banks and places like The Salvation Army.

But the point is you will get nowhere if you continue to look at your circumstances as bigger than God. He is bigger than anything you face. When that becomes a reality in your thinking, you’ll be amazed at how things will change–either your circumstances OR your attitude toward them.

I pray that you will be victorious in this set of circumstances and in any that follow. God bless you, dear one. You are precious in God’s sight and He is waiting to bless you. Julie


Remember, friends, as challenges come our way, we can face them head-on
through Christ who strengthens us!

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