The Struggle is Real

The struggle is real. Do you ever feel like you are fighting something or trying to navigate life with a constant, nagging “thing” that just won’t let you go?  It may be fear or a habit or some dysfunction. It might be an illness or something in your environment.  It could be anything; we all have our stuff! Even though we may have knowledge and awareness of this, that doesn’t make it go away. It just means we may be able to put in perspective. And every day is different.  Yes, the struggle is real. It doesn’t mean something is wrong with us; it does mean we are human.

Paul wrote all the time about his struggles. I especially appreciate when he talks about his “thorn”.  We don’t know what it was and it doesn’t matter. If you’ve ever had the struggle then you get it.

Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for poweris made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.  – II Corinthians 12:8-10

Some of our struggles don’t go away but they do lose strength and power as we lean more heavily on Christ to bear that burden.  It is a practice and a way of living that keeps us grounded.  When we experience the Spirit of God working through our lives in spite of our struggles then we see the true power of God in our lives.  Recovery groups have this practice down really well. 


Our surrender and just letting God help us is a daily practice.  
“Lord Christ, come quickly to help me. Your grace carries me. You are my strength and help. I place myself in your hands of mercy today.”

Truth I’m Standing On / Leanne Crawford
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQq1zEBk41E

If you would like to explore a recovery group here is a link to find a group anywhere in the nation. Many of them are available on zoom now too. 
https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-local-aa

https://al-anon.org/https://adultchildren.org/



2 thoughts on “The Struggle is Real

  • I picked up the link to Life in the Deep End from one of your aunts I believe but just want to tell you how much it means to me. I grew up in Cadiz and know your family, especially your mother. My husband lived in Golden Pond. I moved here to be near my 3 children. You have such a talent for writing and expressing your faith. This is such a trying time in
    our lives and in our nation. It has been an especially trying time for me. I have not been to church in person for several months and miss that so much though I have watched many different worship services, including your church .Again, thank you so much for your inspiring writings. They have spoken to my heart and lifted my spirits! Have you thought about a book?

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