The Amazing Struggle

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The Amazing Struggle: The lessons in life we learn come through our struggles

The past year (or so) has been ridiculous (crazy is my definition of ridiculous) and the struggle has been real. God never promised us life would be easy. He DID promise us that He would be with us every step of the way.

2016 was certainly the year of struggles. Here’s my list:

  • I struggled when I shared my story with the entire freaking world. {God gave me the words to speak}
  • I struggled when my daughter drove to high school for the last time. {God dropped peace in my heart knowing she was on the brink of spreading her wings into a new season}
  • I struggled when I had to watch my youngest little say good-bye to her friends of almost 10 years. {God whispered I’ve got other plans for her}
  • I struggled when we had to walk away from family and friends to move to Colorado. {God took me by the hand and showed me visions of our future}
  • I struggled when I watched my oldest little who rarely cries sob when we dropped her off at college. {God assured me that her wings WOULD spread and that she WOULD fly}
  • I struggled when finding a house in Colorado became a huge frustration and I realized that the market in Colorado is much different from the market in Oklahoma and that buying a home in Colorado within our budget was almost comparable to what a starter home might look like in Oklahoma. {God scolded me and told me that I needed to drop the pride}
  • I struggled when my youngest wasn’t developing friendships in our new town as quickly as we had hoped. {God said, “where is your faith?”}
  • I struggled when my oldest was hurting from a break-up and I was a thousand miles away from her. {God said, “you have to trust me.”}
  • I struggled with different family/friend issues that I can’t discuss on a public website. {God said, “I know you’re hurting and it will grow you if you allow it”}

Struggles schmuggles.

We all have them, it’s life.

I look in the past at all the struggles I had this year and really they’re small in comparison to what God is doing in my life.

The lessons we learn in life come through our struggles.

The Amazing Struggle: The lessons we learn in life come through our struggles.One morning after I dropped Averee off at school I decided to go run down a little sidewalk where the rocky mountain views are just jaw-dropping. As I was running tears started streaming down my face. It was surreal. I can’t even really tell you why.

Everything we know and love is in Oklahoma, yet I know that Colorado is exactly where I personally am supposed to be in this season of my life. My husband’s career is what moved us here, but for me personally, it’s as if God plucked me from everything I knew to insert me into everything foreign. And sometimes that’s just what He does.

Sometimes God takes us from everything we know and places us into the unknown for our benefit.… Click To Tweet

My husband’s career is what moved us, but that’s not why we’re here. 

What is your circumstance that is causing you to struggle? Is it possible for you to look through your struggle so that you can see the overall purpose? Is it possible for you to see that the struggles in your life do not come to destroy you, but for you to realize your hidden potential?

3 things to remember when you face struggles:

You are bigger than your struggle. We face so many struggles in our lifetime, but we must remember that they can be overcome.

Acknowledge your struggles. Please don’t be in denial. Denying your struggles are only a temporary fix. The more in denial you are, the more you will struggle, if not now, later in life. So, face them. Meet your struggles head on and have faith that God will see you through it.

Your attitude is crucial. During times of struggle, it’s normal for us to have negative thoughts and be in a stressful state of mind. We’re human and those feelings will come. We just can’t let those feelings linger. When we have positive thoughts we are able to see past the struggle and into the end result.

The Amazing Struggle: The lessons we learn in life come through struggles.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.

Looking back I am extremely grateful for our struggles and I welcome the more struggles that will certainly come my way.

I encourage you to make a list of your own struggles and write out a truth about God beside it like I did above. 

I love hearing from you! Please take a minute to say ‘hi’ and share your thoughts below.

 

 

 

  1. Denelle says:

    Thank you for this post Shannon! I found it really encouraging as I am going through a season of struggles at the moment as well. I recently moved away from family and everything I am familiar with to start University, and I have found that really challenging so far. But God has been reminding me that He is Soveriegn, and He will strengthen me and equip me for every trial I face in my life!

    • Shannon says:

      Yes Denelle God IS sovereign and His ways are so much better than our ways! I’m saying a prayer for you right now! You are entering a new season and now doubt God has amazing plans for you friend!

  2. Lori says:

    Thanks for sharing Shannon. I have faced my own struggles forr the last few years and without God walking through it with us and even carrying us at times I just can’t imagine doing life without Jesus.. your Blog blesses me all the time. Thank you for always being REAL😍

    • Shannon says:

      I honestly don’t know how people cope without God in their lives, Lori. I’m so glad you were blessed today- it’s why I do what I do. Thanks for your kind words!

  3. So encouraging! The quote from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was very inspiring to me, as well as the suggestion to match our struggle with God’s truth! I know that if I have God’s Word and promises in my heart I can fight off those negative thoughts.

    Blessings,
    Dani

    • Shannon says:

      I loved that quote too, Dani! Negative thoughts can weigh us down so heavily, and the struggles are REAL?! God’s truth ALWAYS supercedes them all! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. KaycEe says:

    Hi Shannon! Wow. What a testimony! I am absolutely moved & touched by your story and your openness about struggles you’ve faced. Love the quote at the end from Elisabeth Kubler Ross! I need to save it somewhere.

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Kaycee! God has been good…so so good! Thank you for reading my story and for stopping by today. I appreciate you!

  5. I love that quote: “Beautiful people do not just happen.” You’ve had your share of struggles, it sounds like. My last 18 months have been ridiculous too, so I appreciate these 3 things to temember. 🙂

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Betsy! I’ve been praying for you from the sidelines, friend. God is covering you with his wings! Love you!

  6. So good, Shannon. Love your encouragement to admit we’re struggling. Its so counterproductive to try and push our way through and not be honest about the fact that life is hard. And also, our attitude – yes!! Sometimes we just have to pull ourselves up, even if it’s just to drag ourselves to Jesus. Pinned this, friend!

    • Shannon says:

      Tiffany- you’re so right. I think one of the most important things we can do in life is to just face the struggles. And I love your analogy of “dragging ourselves to Jesus” if that’s all we can do. Gosh I love that!!

  7. Liz Rigby says:

    Sigh….Shannon. Even though I just wrote my own post about miracles and the fact that there was always a struggle before the miracle, God still had to bring me to your post to drive His point home. 🙂 I guess when the struggle DOES come it’s not how or what I expected, and I don’t see what purpose it could possibly have in my life. And then the Spirit brushes across my heart and says, “Hey, why aren’t you looking for the miracle?” Thank you for being his finger in my eye, haha.

    • Shannon says:

      Liz- you’re not alone! Struggles.Are.Hard! And let’s be honest…it’s so normal for us to think, WHY? Why Lord?? BUT- if we can slow down long enough to see the blessing, it can be an amazing thing. I’m saying a prayer for you right now friend!

  8. You’re so right … we all have them, but sometimes they feel bigger and harder. I’m sorry to hear your year has been so full of troubles, but rejoice with you for all the good and important things He alone will bring out of them.

    I’m watching someone I love struggle right now and it breaks my heart, but I know God is doing amazing things through it all! I’m sending her the link to your post. Also pinning and sharing. Blessings!

    • Shannon says:

      Hi there Donna! Yes we all have struggles, but when we struggling with Him by our side, it makes all the difference! Thank you so much Donna!

  9. REbeccalynn says:

    I read this a few days ago and meant to comment. I love this! I know the move was very difficult on your family. It’s great to see you settling in and making it your home. God is faithful! Trusting in Him during the uncertainties of life is what strengthens and deepens our relationship with Him. xoxoxo And your struggles are a powerful testimony to a whole bunch of us – including me!

    • Shannon says:

      Thank you for your sweet words, friend! Yes, God truly is faithful. I don’t know how people make it without Him! Love you!

  10. dawn says:

    I like the idea of making a list of struggles and answering it with truths from God. God is so good. It’s amazing to look back and see how he uses our struggles in ways we might never have imagined. Thank you for this encouragement.

  11. Julie says:

    Great post Shannon! Thanks for the 3 reminders of what we find in the struggles.
    I hope 2017 is a better year:)
    Visiting from #Faith’nFriends

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