Determination: firmness of purpose; resoluteness.
Life is full of ups and downs. The saying “when it rains it pours” seems to be the case most of the time. How we handle these times of trials can indicate our true character. It can either bring out the best in us, or bring out the worse! God uses these times to refine us and to bring us closer to Him. I have experienced this first hand through the many trials that I have been through over the last ten years. My faith grows as I am drawn near to Him during the trying times when my reliance is solely on Him to see me through a difficult circumstance.
Our family has had no shortage of trials over the last several years. With the passing of family members, draining financial struggles, and moving homes every couple of years, we feel that we have had quite a lot on our plate. It is so incredibly easy to feel discouraged, down, and defeated. Or, you can choose to be determined: day by day. This does not mean that you will not struggle with the other emotions and feelings (which are valid!) during trying times, but what it does mean, is that you are purposeful to be determined in moving forward with your life and family goals. I believe this comes as a result of having your eyes fixed on God who will never leave us and never forsake us. He is with us through all the storms!
Every time I look at my children and hear their laughter echoing throughout the house, I am reminded that everything I am working towards, is for them! They provide me with a great reminder to live more carefree, trusting God, laughing endlessly, and enjoying life. Just today as they were giggling in the car, I had a moment where I realized that I was agonizing over how we were going to solve certain problems that we are facing, while they were enjoying our time in the car singing at the top of their lungs and giggling at each other while cracking jokes! This brought happy tears to my eyes and a smile in my heart. I reassessed my silent mulling in my brain, and engaged with my children in their precious laughter.
The Bible says in Matthew 6:24, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” We are told not to worry, but yet, I know that it is a daily struggle to “not worry” when so many things are trying to get me down. Moments like these require surrender and prayer. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”.
While some days are more challenging than others, we can overcome worry, doubt, fear, and trials through the help of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is our hope and His love will never fade.