21 Responses to Do You Wonder Where God Is On the Hard Days?

  1. Thank you so much for this devotion! This spoke to me in a way I really needed today! When I was 16, I was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Chiari malformation. I had surgery to treat it last year, but it didn’t really work fully, and I’ve gotten really sick again. The doctor actually thinks that I might also have idiopathic intracranial hypertension, which can be related to Chiari in some cases, so we’re in the process right now of figuring out if I’ll have to have the shunt surgery.

    I’m at a really hard place right now. I just started attending Ole Miss this past August, and I’ve gotten so sick that I’ve come home for the week. At times like this, I really struggle to see God. I told my mom that same thing last night, that I just feel lost. But it is so encouraging to hear that not only is Jesus intentionally seeking us out, he rejoices when we are reunited with Him! Thank you for this hopeful message, and know that it was much needed!!

    Much Love,
    Logan

    • Logan!!! We are IH sisters! 🙂 I have a shunt. Know about Chiari, but have never (yet) had it. I am just heartbroken that it has hit you so young. Please know that God can work in powerful ways we can’t see right now. I’m praying for you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. Thank you. Your timing on this seems to have been directed at myself and a friend. I forwarded this link to her, I pray she gets comfort as I have from reading this.
    And the music video, spot on!!! God for sure guides you in your writings and has blessed us all by guiding us to your shared messages!!

  3. Thank you for these words today Shelly. I really needed to hear this today. You put into words what I have been feeling. My head knows God is there, but my heart feels lost and abandoned. God is our good shepherd, and I need to be reminded of this.
    God bless you and give your strength, peace and healing.

  4. It’s such a comfort to know we have a Shepherd who will never abandon us when we’re under attack. We have a painting in our bedroom of Jesus surrounded by sheep. He is carrying a lamb in His arms. I love to imagine myself as that weary little one in His arms. May Jesus carry you through all you go through, Shelly. Thank you for this encouraging message!

    • ((((Trudy)))) Thank you for that beautiful picture! Reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures!

      He tends his flock like a shepherd:
      He gathers the lambs in his arms
      and carries them close to his heart;
      he gently leads those that have young. – Isaiah 40:11

      Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  5. This is a great devotional. It’s so hard to turn your thoughts to the truth when your mind tells you lies over and over. I feel so much despair. I am losing more of my ability to walk, Being with Jesus brings peace but I still have to deal with the fact that I do not want to live like this. I can’t seem to get the emotional steam to go forward. The grief won’t let me go.

    What do you do when in your heart of heart you have given up. When you truly do not wish to fight it anymore? Thee’s nothing left to fight with?

    • (((((Amy))))) <3 I'm praying for you. I have those feelings on a regular basis. I am losing my ability to walk, too… can't make it more than a few steps anymore, and then not safely. What I do in the times when I have given up is I try to give myself permission to rest. I also find others who can lift me in prayer and speak truth to me. I just go hour by hour some days. Please email me anytime. shelly@reneweddaily.com
      Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • (((((Amy))))) <3 I'm praying for you. I have those feelings on a regular basis. I am losing my ability to walk, too… can't make it more than a few steps anymore, and then not safely. What I do in the times when I have given up is I try to give myself permission to rest. I also find others who can lift me in prayer and speak truth to me. I just go hour by hour some days. Please email me anytime. shelly at reneweddaily dot com
      Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  6. Beautiful reading. Very inspiring. The word of God is awesome. I do wonder sometimes, when I’m going through hard times. When will God show up. I do keep the faith and wait. Sometimes ask myself what am I doing wrong.

  7. Oh Shelly, that was such a comfort to me today, thank you so much,

  8. Shelly – am catching up with devotionals but am so glad I read this one TODAY. It is timely as I prepare to go in for a medical test tomorrow. I am not feeling “lost” but there is always a sense of anxiety when a test is needed. Between your words and what I read in “Jesus Calling” yesterday, the Shepherd is near as His other sheep encourage the ones in the flock who need an extra hug.
    Love,
    Lynn

    from “Jesus Calling”
    “Do not be discouraged by the difficulty of keeping your focus on Me. I know that your heart’s desire is to be aware of My Presence continually. This is a lofty goal; you aim toward it but never fully achieve it in this life. Don’t let feelings of failure weigh you down. Instead, try to see yourself as I see you. First of all, I am delighted by your deep desire to walk closely with Me through your life. I am pleased each time you initiate communication with me. In addition, I notice the progress you have made since you first resolved to live in My Presence.

    When you realize that your mind has wandered away from Me, don’t be alarmed or surprised. You live in a world that has been rigged to distract you. Each time you plow your way through the massive distractions to communicate with Me, you achieve a victory. Rejoice in these tiny triumphs and they will increasingly light up your days. “

    • Lynn, that fits SO perfectly here!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share that here when you’re facing the wearying tests!!! Love you, sweet friend. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • Lynn and Shelly,

      The devotion and the words from “Jesus Calling” are salve to my wounded soul. I’m under attack physically and spiritually right now. I’m constantly reminding myself to focus on Him. Thank you so very much for sharing these words today. God bless you both!

      • Cindy – I am so grateful that you found the “Jesus Calling” sharing I did in my own response to being blessed my Shelly’s devotional of encouragement to you.

        Often the pain and tauntings of the enemy can send us reeling. We try and focus on the Lord – that is our heart’s desire and God know that. Try not to beat yourself up. The battles do that well enough on their own. The best thing for all of us to remember is that God ALWAYS has His focus on us. We “know” that even when the feelings within keep us on a see-saw.

        Praying for you – thanks for letting us know how we can.
        Much Love,
        Lynn

  9. Thank you so much ?;Shelly.
    Inspiring your devotional messages…
    Thank You ? Lisa ! SO MUCH…

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