Someone complimented me lately saying that they admire my strength. I replied with, “I don’t have a choice,” to which he replied, “yes, you do.”

I’ve been thinking about that statement ever since, especially because the last week has been particularly difficult. I struggle too. And I haven’t always been this strong, or quick to bounce back, or decisive. In fact, I don’t see myself as any of those things most days. But I think my complimenter was right. We all have a choice.

“God won’t give you more than you can handle.”

“Don’t speak that! Confess healing!”

“All you need is Jesus.”

Some ideas to try when you’re struggling:

  • Rest, but don’t withdraw. Hebrews 10:25

  • Meditate, but don’t go silent. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  • Ask questions, be slow in coming to conclusions.

  • Lean in, not out.

  • Do something new or special.

  • Remind yourself of who God is—and who you are.

  • Make a list of the fears and cross them off as you pray over them.

  • Encourage someone else.


Study the passages above.

Add 3 suggestions of your own to the list above!