Are you walking down a difficult road where the pain is too much to bear? I’d love to wrap my arm around you, let you know that you’re not alone, and share a bit of encouragement with you as you walk through this hard time.

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As I headed up the driveway to take my daily walk I remembered that I had rubbed a blister on the back of my ankle the previous day – it was right where the top of my tennis shoe hit my ankle. After taking just a few steps I could feel the pain. It was excruciating and I wanted to turn around. I wanted to skip my walk for the day.

I talked myself into pressing on and continued up the driveway and down the road. I tried to think of other things but the pain from my ankle was at the forefront of my mind.

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Half a mile down the road the pain continued to be excruciating and I just wanted to stop. But there was no point in stopping because I wasn’t home yet. What would I do, sit in a neighbor’s yard until Trent drove by to pick me up at the end of the day? That was not acceptable and I pressed on. As I looked back at my ankle I noticed that it was bleeding now.

When I was almost home the pain subsided, and by the time I got back home I couldn’t feel anymore pain. I had survived and I was super pumped to have reached my destination. You don’t even want me to tell you what I found when I took my shoe off – let’s just say I had to wash my shoe!

We All Walk Through Painful Situations

Whether it be divorce, death of a loved one, abuse or so many other terrible things, we all walk through pain in our life! Please hear me out, though, because I’m in no way comparing my sore ankle to the pain that you’re currently walking through.

As I was on that walk I was reminded of the pain that I’ve walked through (divorce, death of my dad at an early age and much more.). Like you, I wouldn’t go back through that pain again for anything. But it’s my hope that I can learn some valuable lessons from it.

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The Pain Is Excruciating At First

Much like remembering my blister as I headed up the driveway, when the pain of life first hits it’s excruciating. And to be quite frank, we don’t want to continue on. (If you’re currently in a place where you don’t want to continue on, it’s quite normal. I’m a firm believer that we need to take some time to be sad or to heal.)

In fact, in Ecclesiastes 3:4 the Bible says, “(There is) a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.” 

It’s okay to sit in your pain for a bit and take the time you need to mourn. (And know that this will look different for everyone.) I’ve had to do this very same thing, my friend.

Move Forward At Your Own Pace

Now I understand that the thought of moving forward may take your breath away. But know that asking you to start “sprinting” your way through life. Maybe all you can do is get up or take one step. Good for you! Keep getting up! Keep taking one step each and every day! Do the best you can do!

And you know what? Eventually the pain will lessen (I promise it well)!

You’ll know the pain is still there but eventually you won’t feel it as much!

Eventually you’ll be like I was when I finally made it back to the house after my walk. You’ll have survived walking down a painful road. Sure it wasn’t easy at times but you made it through, even having the scars to prove it! All you need to do is keep pressing on one day at a time!

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Dwell In His Shelter During Your Painful Situation

I want to leave you with a verse that I love!

Psalm 91:1 says, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Dwell in His shelter dear friend. Sit and rest in His arms and let Him hold you up. And when you’ve both agreed that you’re ready to move on, take that first step knowing He’s right there beside you!


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