A Change of Mind
These can be our answers, too. When
we are starving for more in this life, or
feel like we’ve been given less than we
deserve, we can answer, “I am cared for!
I have the Bread of Life.” When we are
tempted to give up, we answer, “Don’t
tempt me.” When we are tempted to look
elsewhere for answers or relief, we say,
“I will seek God alone and will worship
Stand on the Word of God against the
enemy of hardship. Pick up your cross
and follow Him. Follow Jesus into the
wilderness and overcome. Is it a cross to
bear, a desert to wander in, a betrayal, an
illness, a dissatisfaction with your lot in
life? Perhaps the Spirit has led you into
this place to learn to overcome. If you
can overcome in this place, you will be
fit to continue overcoming, because it’s
not an outward action but a heart of trust
and a new perspective.
Your identity is not in your hardship.
Hardships are not a reflection of who you
are, your parenting, your homeschool-
ing, your personality. But your hardship
can and should be a reflection of who
God is in you!
Hardships come in every category of
life, and your perspective, your worry, and
anxious feelings about them are very real.
Though your hardship may not change,
your mind-set about it can! When you focus on worshipping Jesus Christ through
this, you can go from survival mode to revival mode; from a mind-set of anxiety to
a mind stayed in peace.
You will keep him in perfect peace,
What Can We Learn?
whose mind is stayed on You, be-
cause he trusts in You (Isaiah 26: 3).
In a previous editorial, I wrote about a
period of time that I called Ten Years of
Burnout, which covers my own journey
of hardship from being overwhelmed
with hormonal depression to the fear of
a CPS case; from a rebellious child to a
flooded house; from marriage problems
to death of loved ones. If I could go back
and talk to myself during these crises, I
would say, “Worship God through this!”
If I had known I was going to learn great
things through them, I might have endured better. Hardships are what teach us
and strengthen our relationship with the
Lord as we give Him all of our attention
and cling to Him.
I learned that everything that was
meant to tear me down actually built me
up and grew my faith. As bad as things
seemed; the goodness of God was brighter. Life was not always good, but God
is always Good. It’s Who He is and it is
how He operates. He operates out of love
because He is love, and His love compels
Him to be Good. Let Him make you one
who operates out of victory instead of
defeat. Start to look for the gratitude in
the garbage, and the wholeness in the
Your identity is not in