Life happens

 Do you ever feel like you cannot handle anything else in life? Everything that can go wrong, does go wrong? You are not alone. We all have those days and it is how you respond that helps get you through those moments, days, or weeks.

There is a song called "He Said" by Group 1 Crew and here are some of the lyrics:
"So your life feels like it don't make sense
And you think to yourself, 'I'm a good person'
So why do these things keep happening?
Why you gotta deal with them?
You may be knocked down now
But don't forget what He said, He said
I won't give you more, more then you can take
And I might let you bend, but I won't let you break" 

I love this song because it reminds me that I have a God who is helping me along the way and will not give me more than I can handle. Everyone has a different tolerance and gauge for where our breaking point is. There are some of my friends and family that I admire and wonder how they handle certain experiences so well because I know for me I wouldn't just bend, I would break and not be able to get back up again. 

One of those people is my sister, she and her husband have been trying to conceive and I would have given up by now if I were them. I honestly do not know how they keep moving forward and keep climbing the mountain they are on. It amazes me and shows me how God can put people and experiences in our lives to help us see that we have our own hardships, but if we come together to support and love each other we can get through it. One (of many) reasons I admire and love my sister is because she is very open about life and honest when hardships come. 

Another song that comes to mind is "If We're Honest" by Francesca Battistelli and some of the lyrics are this: 
"I'm a mess and so are you
We've built walls nobody can get through
Yeah, it may be hard, but the best thing we could ever do, ever do
Bring your brokenness, and I'll bring mine
'Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy's waiting on the other side
If we're honest"

I wrote a post a while ago about being real in the church, and I believe that is one key aspect to getting through those hard times where we feel like we might break. If we do not allow other people into our lives, how can we expect someone to know what is going on and come alongside of us to keep us afloat. Nobody is perfect, so why are we pretending and not speaking about real life? If you are in pain because you have a chronic disease, I'm almost positive you are not the only one and you can find someone else who struggles with the same thing. Going through a rough relationship or have a fight with your significant other? There are others who have too. We need to be honest, now this doesn't mean we need to share our whole life story with everyone we meet, but be honest with those closest to you and maybe someone who may need to hear your story.

We all have a story to tell, especially the times of hardship when we thought there was no end, and you never know who may need the reassurance that someone else has gone through a similar situation and now has been on the other side to talk about it. If you feel the Holy Spirit urging you to say something to someone or tell a part of your story, then don't fight it and be honest. Life is messy and no where near perfect, so let's join together and celebrate that!