Serving in the Hardest Seasons

How my prayers turned from “woe is me” to “how can I serve others today with the love of Christ?”

It happens to everyone from time to time.





If you’ve lived long enough, you know that these feelings can sneak into our consciousness during seasons of life when we walk through deep spiritual valleys. And those times can be tough.

Really tough.

Perhaps you’re there now. All of us face tough seasons of life from time to time. Jesus told us when he walked this earth: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

You can have peace. And oh, what peace it is! This peace comes when we trust in him during those despairing seasons. How is it that in the middle of a spiritual storm—when the wind and waves rip us on every side and heavy fogs of confusion and anxiety grip us with every breath—that this peace, this God-given undeniable and unseen peace, abounds and eclipses all the dark despair? I’ll never understand it.

But it’s real.

It’s so very real.

The world can’t see it. And the world can’t fathom it. But to us, his adopted children, his royal priesthood, this perfect peace is closer than the very air we breathe—even in the midst of the storm.

For me, that incredible peace came during a spiritual storm a few years ago when my husband called me with news that rocked our world: he had lost his job during a layoff. It was as if time stood still over the next few days as the magnitude of his job loss sank deep into my spirit. We were a one-income family with seven children, a mortgage, bills . . . Would we lose our house? How could we feed our large family? How would we pay our bills?

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