Difficult Days

“Be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good.” Ephesians 5:15-16 (LB)

I felt convicted and inspired with a greater sense of purpose after I read this verse. Be careful Tracey how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be a fool; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good.

We all have them. . . I don’t know about you. . . But I just try to get through. . . my difficult days. Self-talk in my head speaks scripts out like. . . “I just have to make it to daylight” OR “I’m almost to the warm water for therapy” OR “Just one more bite of soup; dare I risk it? I have not choked yet” OR “How many tired days can my husband push himself through?” OR “How much heartache can one daughter endure?” OR “What need do I express?” OR. . . .

Frankly, my circumstance is just not “big” enough, in the shadow of my God, to allow a “foolish” thought life to rule. It’s a challenge not to allow it to “snowball” Snow balland roll over opportunities. Even in pain, in depression, in grief, in disability, in an overwhelming job, in a tough marriage, in bankruptcy, in loss, and even in the impossible, opportunities abound. 

Don’t allow your difficulties to snowball over your opportunities.

Some of my days are difficult. Ummm, that’s not honest, all of my days are difficult, varying in degrees of “difficulty.” Typing is difficult, swallowing is difficult, transitions from bed to wheelchair are difficult. On any given a day, when I pick up on even just one small marker to invest some of God’s goodness, I learn some nugget of wisdom. The small investment often lifts me in Big ways above my current level of survival into a lesson on value that leads to Kingdom Investments with His goodness. Bottom line here, God blesses me in return and I always feel better.

Our God is multi-directional.

difficulties + wisdom – foolishness = opportunities

opportunities – foolishness + difficulties = wisdom

wisdom + opportunities = difficulties – foolishness

It’s a tough moment, tough day, tough month, or a long year heavy laden with no relief in sight. Yet, we are called to be careful how we “act” in our difficult days to love and live well into our opportunities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dearest Papa God,

We are all in the midst of a difficult day, heading into one or out of one. Speak life into our struggle. Through the power of Christ who lives in us, may we be careful to act with, in and through Your goodness to ourselves and to others. Your Son spoke life to the thief, even as He suffered beyond measure on The Cross. (Luke 23:32-43) Empower us, God to reflect that life in our difficult days.

Amen (let it be so)

12 thoughts on “Difficult Days

  1. Tracey, I sent this to a friend of mine who is going through some difficult health issues. She was very inspired by this and wanted to say thanks to you. So thank you, Tracey!!! Thank you for your obedience and for your love for others.

    • Thank you Kendra for reading and for sharing. Fellowship connections during hard times, fortifies His Kingdom building with grit in the Glory. love to your friend.

  2. Just what i needed…
    Having some difficult days. I love you and pray that you and you family feel the hand of God carry through yours

  3. Thanks for your courage and transparency, Tracey, and your exhortation to put foolishness away and not entertain it even for a moment, especially in difficult times. My prayer yesterday morning was for the Lord to teach me how not to miss his divine appointments or opportunities He plants on my path, a prayer motivated by sadness of having missed some over the last few days. You have always been and still are a blessing to me.

    • Thank you Frances for sharing God’s love through your generous life missionary work. Your sweet spirit is one I will always remember and esteem. Blessings, twe

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