There is nothing quite like social media to make us feel inadequate. Our newsfeeds are full of status updates with fitness tips and 52-week organizational challenges. Everyone out there seems more fit, more healthy, and more organized than we do. In our spirit we want to join in on the fun, but we know there is no chance.
For me personally, my life’s crazy circumstances have kept me from fitness goals, healthy eating, and an organized house now for years. The to-do list has just been too long to take on one more thing.
And if that’s not enough, there is the issue of that ever-haunting “unknown.” You know what I’m talking about. The wondering if the pain will ever go away. The doubt that you could ever truly trust a man to keep his word again. The questions about where all the money will come from and how in the world you will make this work.
As a single mom, I have actually lived over 11 years now almost completely in the “unknown.”
Believe me, this is NOT at all what I signed up for. In fact, I find the idea of giving up to be rather tempting sometimes. You too? I would be quick to spur us both on towards throwing in the towel if it wasn’t for this one thing ===> God. Yeah, I know it’s not just a little thing. In fact, it’s kind of a deal breaker. Let me tell you why. You see, although I have lived the last 11 years in the “unknown,” God has lived the last 11 years in the known.
He hasn’t been sitting there wondering how this would all turn out. He hasn’t been playing catch-up on the curve-balls that life keeps throwing. In fact, He has gone before me in every single thing–even the things I couldn’t have fathomed would happen. He has paved the way to something beautiful, and every day I see it a little bit more. Now is not at all the time to give up!
But I hear that voice in your heart–the one that says you don’t have any strength left to keep going. Oh friend, I’ve been there, face planted in the carpet, soaked with tears that literally burned to the core of my heart. But God has never let me give up.
Scripture For When You Feel Like Giving Up
- James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.“
- Romans 5:5 “…and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
- Psalm 71:14 “But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.“
- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.“
I don’t know what you are facing at this exact moment, but I can promise you one thing: There is power and strength to overcome it (John 16:33). I don’t know where you will go from here or how God will get you there, but I do know that you can’t give up. And I know that the only way to keep from giving up is to drown yourself in the Word. So I’ve created a tool to help you.
Print out this verse to meditate on when you feel like giving up. Frame and place it in your house in a spot where you will be reminded daily. Put it in your purse. Hang it on your fridge–whatever it takes to remember the promises He has given you. If you aren’t struggling with this right now, just file it away for when you are. I know in my life, these kinds of feelings can creep up even when I least expect them.
I would suggest printing this verse on 8.5 x 11 cardstock as it will be more sturdy.
Just remember, even when you don’t have the words to pray, scripture will speak for you. Read over these words and let God do the healing!
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I have also created these #NotConsumed Scripture Cards as a way to help you meditate on scripture daily. These inspirational cards are prayerfully curated promises from God’s Word that will support and encourage you as you seek to trust God with life’s moments. Click here to find out more.
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Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles. Author of popular kid’s devotional Bible studies and practical homeschooling tools, Kim has a master’s degree in education and curriculum design coupled with over 2 decades of experience working with kids and teens. Above all, her most treasured job is mother and homeschool teacher of four amazing kiddos.