Walking When the Way is Hard

It’s February.  Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter, and well that just makes February that much harder. I don’t know what it is about this month, but motivation is about as low as the temperature outside. It was a cloudy 25 degree Monday morning today filled with flurries and frowns. I told my kids that the weather nor our moods will change the fact that we have to get dressed, eat breakfast, and get out the door in time for our co-op. We made it out the door, dragging our feet to the cold van, reluctant to leave the warmth of beds and blankets.

Here’s the thing. Even when the way is hard, we still must walk. We often begin the day with Psalm 118:24- “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” If every day is the Lord’s, then so are the February days. Life is filled with Februarys- cloudy, cold, ordinary days with little reprieve. And yet sometimes it is in the Februarys that we grow and discover more of who God is and who He is making us to be. We have to let this happen, though. We must have faith that even when the way is hard, God is still working in and through our lives. And we walk the way in the strength of His Spirit.

The Word helps us. Also, knowing our own limitations and God’s power helps us to walk in humility before the Father. Paul had a thorn, Jacob had a limp, Moses stuttered, Jeremiah was depressed, David was pursued, and Elijah felt alone. There are countless people in Scripture who felt their limitations and yet they continued to walk in the center of God’s will. “But I don’t want to!” is a common complaint voiced from my kids, to which I say, “Well, I didn’t ask if you wanted to do this, but I’m telling you that you will.” And then I’ll say a borrowed phrase, “Not what I want to do but what I ought to do.” Is it easy? No. Is it fun? No. But this is where growth takes place. This is how our maturity is formed. In the Februarys. In the mundane routine and rhythm of life. We will be as dreary as our perspective is, so we must find ways to walk in the midst of it with joy.

3 Simple Ways to Walk When the Way is Hard

  1. Plan for out-of-the-ordinary, happy moments. 

Valentine’s Day fun, a movie, visit friends, a family fun night, etc. Being intentional with the calendar in February for fun can make a drab month a fantastic one!

2. Take a day off. 

If you can, give yourself permission to go off the script. It may be a day just for mom, or for the whole family, but taking a day to do life differently may be just what is needed to jazz up a bland week.

3. Spend extended time in God’s Word and in prayer.

Sometimes we feel the well is dry and we need a re-filling from God. Carving out a Saturday morning, or getting up early to spend uninterrupted time with the Lord can prove beneficial for spiritual renewal.

There are many other things we can do or change to help us walk when the way is hard, but these were just a few. Don’t grow weary doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. There may be things we need to give up, like sin. But we must never give up doing the good things, especially with all the bad going on around us in our world today. God is always working- in the exciting days when all is high and up, and in the days that are mundane like February days. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!

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