How to Survive a HARD Season

Have you ever been in a hard season and felt like you’re struggling just to survive it?

The past few weeks have been a major battle. From discovering a large lump on my breast, supporting friends through some deep heartache, horrific tragedies in my town, and so much more than I’ll spare you the details – it’s been a whirlwind.  I went from moments of complete peace as I trusted God to sobbing as I thought about the absolute worst that could happen.

It’s been a constant battle navigating a hard season. But, the reality is we all go through a hard season where we’re struggling to make it through. Your circumstances might look quite different, but the battle is similar. Here are a few intentional things that are helping me shift from surviving to thriving in this hard season.

Listen to Worship Music

I LOVE worship music because it’s an intimate way that I connect with God. Here are my go-to songs right now:

These songs have been on repeat and will continue to be. Find worship songs that can become your anthem in your hard season.

Create Affirmations & Repeat them Often!

I’m a huge fan of creating future oriented affirmations and repeating them daily. However, when we’re going through a hard season, I think it’s also important that we write out specific affirmations to combat the challenges. Here are a few that I’ve been saying:

  • God is my refuge and strength. He is here with me in every trouble. (Psalm 46:10)
  • I don’t have to fear because God is with me. He is strengthening and helping me. He is upholding me with His righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
  • God is restoring my health and healing every wound. (Jeremiah 30:17)
  • God is with me and he’s fighting every enemy to give me the victory. (Deuteronomy 20:4)

Create some affirmations that are specific to your hard season and commit to repeating them often!

Focus on the Blessings

Every day (and sometimes multiple times throughout the day), I grab a piece of paper and write out my gratitude list. I remind myself of how God has been faithful over and over in my life. I write and write everything that I’m grateful for until God’s peace settles me at my core.

It’s amazing how choosing to be grateful in the midst of the hard season can shift positively shift our focus.

Transform Your Thoughts to God’s Truth

As negative thoughts come to mind, I immediately write them down and ask God to show me the truth. I love to use google (or my Bible) to find the scripture I need to combat the lies of the hard season. Here’s an example:

  • The Lie – My family isn’t safe. (Then, imagining so many horrific things!)
  • God’s Truth: “The Lord is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe.” (Psalm 18:2)

I know how challenging the hard season can be. However, these intentional shifts have made a huge difference for me and I think they will for you, too!

I’d LOVE to learn from you! When you’re going through a hard season, what helps you?


  • Danette

    February 15, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    There was a point where I was going through an extremely devastating time. I looked up scripture that addressed my issue – like you have done. I printed them out on a small piece of paper and laminated them. I keep them in my wallet so that I have them close to me whenever I need them. When I get them out I say them out loud (if the setting permits) and keep doing that over and over and over. Another difficult time in my life a few scriptures wasn’t enough. I printed two pages of scriptures out and kept those papers in my purse. When I was at work I would go to my car at lunch and read those scriptures and pray them over my life and the life of my family. It did wonders for me.

  • Ruth

    February 15, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I too in Sept had to have a breast ultrasound but thank God all was good because we serve a great God.I try to always thank God for his answered prayers before I ever see the results because I know he is with me no matter what,but it’s hard sometimes and I too depend on my scriptures.Im glad you got a great report.

  • Chris

    February 15, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    I’m also so glad you received a good report! I recognized that robe you had on! I wore those so many times going through chemo and radiation. God has given me strength through each procedure with my breast cancer, and continues to be with me through hormone therapy which has proven very challenging to the point of limited mobility. Worship music and the prayers from so many have kept me on solid ground! Praise God for healing me through each “hard time.”

  • Gail Dudlicek

    February 15, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Kelly, PRAISES that it was not cancer! I am a breast cancer survivor, so I know the anxiety you felt! I have been living in difficult circumstances for quite a while. I know that God has me in His hands. He is preparing me for great things. Thank you for sharing this post. God bless you.

  • Lin

    February 16, 2019 at 2:16 am

    May Jehovah Rapha, God Our Healer, be with your friend. I join you in rejoicing in your good report. My season continues to be filled with hardships. God is good. He is faithful. When I’m weak, He is there to lift my head. I still struggle because I’m human. My Mom died a few months ago. She knew the Lord, so that gives me peace. Sadly, my husband passed several years ago, so I’m physically alone too often. None of our three adult children is following God’s will, direction or plan. This weighs on my heart. Your prayers for them would be appreciated.

  • Moriah

    March 4, 2019 at 6:17 am

    So sorry to hear about your diagnosis and challenges you’re facing. Thanks for sharing this great advice and know I’ll be keeping you in my prayers. . God holds the victory! He’s got you. He loves you and cares for you and your family.

  • Paula

    March 8, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    You are such a blessing & courageous warrior. I find worship music to help calm me when I can’t focus to read the Bible or even pray. I immediately feel his presence and say not today Satan. I pray that God will bring you many blessings & keep you healthy.

  • Kris G

    March 9, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    The past 4 months have been extremely difficult for me. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, 2 hours before my kids would be home for the holiday break, and about an hour before my husband would be home from work, I found a bag of empty booze bottles in our garage. Turns out my husband had relapsed after what I thought was 15 years of sobriety. After 3 1/2 months of continued lies and him sneaking around and hiding it, God uncovered the truth for me. My husband is now in outpatient treatment and doing well. I am working through my muddled mess of a heart and God has me covered with his mercy and love. Worship songs are definitely my go to. As Christmas was drawing near, I was struggling to find enough joy to put up a tree and cover it with our family ornaments because our family was so broken. So instead I made a bunch of scripture ornaments and that is how I decorated our tree, covered in scripture and topped with a beautiful angel. It brought all of us so much comfort, it was beautiful and radiated peace in our home.

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