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Message from the Clergy


WHEN LIFE GETS HARD


 


There comes a time in everyone's life when trouble and difficulties seem to gang up. When this happens - when life gets hard - what is the creative way to handle things?

FIRST: Don't try to do it all yourself. Do not struggle and fret. Do not strain and complain. Do all you can about things and then put everything into God's hands, trusting Him to bring it out right. You can depend on God. He will not fail you. Let go and let God.

SECOND: Pray for guidance and believe that direction is "now" being given to you.

THIRD: Pray for and practice a calm attitude. Disturbing things will remain disturbing as long as you are disturbed. But when you become peaceful, conditions will iron themselves out. You cannot think creatively when your mind is upset. Remember: upset minds upset; peaceful minds “peaceful”.

FOURTH: Saturate your consciousness with faith, the creative faith that things will turn out right. Say aloud every day several times: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee" [Isa. 26:3] "Peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” [John 14:27]

FIFTH: Remind yourself of one great truth; hard experiences "will" pass away. They "will" yield. They "can" be changed. So just hold on, with God's help.

SIXTH: There is always a light in the darkness. Believe that. Look for that light. The light is the love of God. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” [Psa. 119:105]

SEVENTH: Ask the Lord to release your own creative ingenuity, your own strength and wisdom, which taken together can, for a fact, handle any problem successfully.

EIGHTH: Never forget that God cares about you, that He loves you. He wants to help you. Turn to Him, and gratefully accept His help.

TENTH: Finally, hold on to this great promise: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." And this is the truth. God will see you through, and a brighter day will dawn for you.

from
An Anonymous Writer





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