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How to Survive the Hard Days

Being in business or ministry can be HARD. And, some days are much harder than others. You know those days when technology seems to be working against you, you’re criticized, the client cancels, finances are really tight, or someone doesn’t see your heart. Yes, those days! It’s in those moments that the enemy starts planting seeds of doubt, worry, and fear. He wreaks havoc on our minds. I want to show you how to survive the hard days.

Through the last 17 years of ministry & business, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought, “Ugh! This is too hard. I want to quit. It would be easier to just get a “real” job or stay home with my kids.” But, I also know that on the other side of that ickiness is often a MAJOR breakthrough. Every single time, God uses those difficult moments to draw me closer to Him and prepare me for an even bigger assignment.

7 Things to Help You Survive the HARD days:

  1. Spend time with God. I have a lake near my home, so on a beautiful day, I love to go there with my Bible and journal. A go to scripture during these moments is, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:7 MSG
  2. Reflect on how God has faithfully brought you through other hard days.
  3. Listen to worship music. My current FAVORITE is “On My Side” by Kim Walker-Smith. It’s one that you’ll want to listen to all day! You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2pHTzpG
  4. Remind yourself of how God is using you! Keep an encouragement box filled with notes, cards, etc. from people whose lives have been changed because you said YES to God! On those hard days, pull it out and read through each note. Thank God for each person and what He did in their life.
  5. Create a gratitude list to celebrate all of God’s blessings in your life.
  6. Ask God to show you who you can encourage and bless that day. It’s amazing what happens when we take our eyes off our self and intentionally bless someone else.
  7. Remind yourself WHY you started. Go back to the vision God gave you and feel the excitement you had when He first revealed it. Create a vision board that you can reference often.

God has a plan and purpose for your life! Don’t let the technology woes, criticism, and financial struggles keep you from fulfilling the purpose God has for you. Do the seven things above, so you can survive the hard days and thrive in your purpose and calling.

Discussion: Leave a comment below and share what keeps you motivated and working toward your goals on the really hard days. I asked this question on my Facebook Page and there were lots of great ideas. If you want other ideas, go here to check them out.

Comments:

  • Robin Hardy

    May 3, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Great post Kelly!
    I know for me I get golden surprises from God during those times so I don’t quit. It might be a testimony of a life changed from someone that heard me or I invested time with, makes me cry as HE reminds me that what I do matters! <3

  • Wanda Gettys

    May 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks! Not only do I work full time teaching, I also have Lupus. I have started a part time business as a travel consultant so with everything going on, sometimes I get really discouraged. Today was one of those days. Thank you for your words.

  • Brenda Violette

    May 3, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Kelly, thank you for this post. I love the “encouragement box” idea.

  • ELISE

    May 6, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Thanks a million for this great post. It comes right at a good time in my life and it definitely helped me today to go through my anxiety and me being overwhelmed. I especially appreciate the first one “Spending some time with God” because this is the only source we can find never-ending support, right?

    • Kimberly

      May 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      It is so special when we get reminders like this right at the time we needed to hear it or see it. Thank you for your Devine Timing God!

  • Ashleigh

    May 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you so much for your post! I needed this today. Every devotional or blog post I’ve read has been about comparison today. Looks like God wants me to listen up! Thank you for sharing your heart.

  • Jeannette Burgos

    May 19, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Your list of seven are things I do often… you have a lake and I am fortunate enough to be two miles from the beach.. seeing the sunrise in the. Each reminds me of his grace, mercy, and just how big and wonderful he is…

    We are definitely in a season where discouragement is not hard to come by and it seems like so much work all the time to fend it off.. but just remembering all those things… when they become default reactions… that’s what I strive for..
    but staying close to his heart is the main one.. thank you Kelly

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