Facing challenges

When I married Adventure Boy, he came with an airplane and a motorcycle which I found quite exhilarating. 

But then he said to me, “It’s absolutely ridiculous for you to own a vehicle you don’t know how to operate. You need to get your pilot’s license.” 

I was not eager to learn to fly an airplane.

Visions of me soaring through the air … followed immediately by flashes of me crashing in a blaze of flames.

“I don’t know,” I said to Adventure Boy. “It looks complicated.”
“It’s not hard at all. I’ll teach you.”
“Okay,” I said, more out of a desire to be cooperative than adventurous. 

Doing hard things. 

Learning to fly an airplane was terrifying! It’s not like you can just pull over in the middle of a freak-out to get your bearings or trade drivers.

To top it off, my own flying made me sick.

The joggling and bouncing in the little plane while doing the training maneuvers made my stomach churn. I gobbled Dramamine to mitigate the nausea, just as I have done on every long distance drive, boating excursion, and amusement park ride since I was a little girl.

With my upset stomach surrendered to the medicine, I kept reading the training manuals, practicing the maneuvers, and trusting my instructor’s ability to keep e safe. After many, many hours of doing it scared, I passed the exam and scored my private pilot’s licence. Wheeee!

You can do hard things. 

God’s Presence can rule over your anxiety, ease your burdens, and turn your turmoil into trust so you can do hard things, too.

Turbulence, big waves and seasons of upheaval are part of life.

  • People disappoint.
  • Accidents happen.
  • Mistakes are made.
  • Foolishness prevails against wisdom.
  • Life happens.

When fear attempts to keep you stuck and immobilized:

1.

Read God’s Word.
Choose Psalm 23 or Psalm 121 or Mark 4:35-41 (where Jesus calms the storms).

2.

Practice prayer.
Ask God for peace and to intercede in the circumstances and guide you through the storm.

3.

Trust God’s leading.
Surrender what you cannot control to Him who is more than able to rule over you and your circumstances.

Put Faith Over Fear.

Girlfriend, I don’t know what’s happening in your life right now. I do know when life is turbulent and it feels like you’re going to die, that God provides His faith over your fear. 

When you turn your eyes upon Jesus, He will be your ever-present help in times of trouble. When you call out to him, Holy Spirit will lead you through.

Leave me a comment to tell me what passage of scripture speaks to you when your heart is burdened. 

Prayer: God in Heaven, you know how all things will turn out. Shower me with your peace in the storm. Guide in the desert. Be my hope in the midst of my turmoil. Rule over my circumstances and rule over me. I trust you to lead me. In Jesus Name, amen.

15 Comments

  1. Sherry Reichert on August 16, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Psalm. 62. 5-8. My go to scripture when feeling uncertain, confused, and heavy at heart.

    • Robyn Dykstra on August 16, 2021 at 12:14 am

      What a great scripture. Thank you for sharing.

  2. martha kenyon on August 16, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Life does happen! I keep remembering God is faithful and He expects/ wants me to be faithful to Him. Never, never, never give up on God and on the people in your life. God still cares for each of us no matter what!

    • Robyn Dykstra on August 16, 2021 at 12:36 am

      It does indeed, Martha. Love your positive determination! Thanks for posting.

  3. Ruth Rottier on August 16, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Philippians 4:6. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

    • Gloria Reyes on August 16, 2021 at 3:55 am

      And continues in 4:7 and the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
      I battle with fear but i turn to prayer often to get me through and God is faithful and does guard my heart and mind.

      • Robyn Dykstra on August 16, 2021 at 3:57 pm

        Thank you for your post Gloria. Excellent supporting scripture.

  4. Katherine Mars on August 16, 2021 at 5:31 am

    Kathy Mars August 16,2021 at 1:22am
    Psalm 23 always and Jeremiah 29:11
    Thank you Robyn for your words of hope and encouragement,I’ll still struggling in my Journey I continue to pray and hold on to God unchanging hand.

    • Robyn Dykstra on August 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Oh Kathy, I hear your heart. Praying for God to bless and favor you with his Presence and constant whispers of hope and direction.

  5. Catherine McIntosh on August 16, 2021 at 5:52 am

    I had just read Mark 4:1-41 before reading your mail. What a great confirmation! A God Thing! Nobody but you Lord Jesus. Thanks Holy Spirit! This’s Awesome!
    Reading from you! You ask me to read the same Book Mark 4:35-41. God Be The Glory!

    Thanks
    Catherine

    • Robyn Dykstra on August 16, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      Wow, that’s confirmation for sure! Thanks for posting. You encouraged me that I’m on the right track, too.

  6. Amber Shelley on August 16, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Hi Robyn,

    This is my go to scripture too!
    Philippians 4:6. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

    Right now my family is in a very hard trial. My 4 year old Khloe started VPK4 on Wed and has very high fever since 3am Saturday morning. She tested positive for covid today. My 9 year old son is very sick and high fevers so pretty sure he also has covid. Me and my husband both are exhausted and I just can’t seem to shut off my mama brain tonight so here it is 3am and I’m still awake. I’m continuing to read and pray. Please pray for my family. That God will touch both of my lids with his healing hands and that he will keep me and my husband from getting really sick (I have an autoimmune disease). Please pray my husband allows him to work from home so he can make a living while we are in quarantine. Thank you!!

    • Robyn Dykstra on August 16, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Amber, that’s a lot for your heart and mind. I do pray in agreement for supernaturally quick healing for your children, protection from all dis-ease and sickness for you and your husband. I pray for divine provision and for you to REST in Him. Lord, we know you can and ask that you WILL do all these things and more for Amber and her family. In Jesus name, amen

  7. Kathleen Nichols on August 16, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    I just ask God to let me put all of my worries, stress, and anxieties into His loving hands to take care of for me………we are dealing with a lot right now….my husband’s sister passed away and she made him Executor of her will, which puts a lot of stress on both of us and on Aug 30 my husband has to have a corneal transplant…..along with that, I had stomach surgery 3 years ago and I am still having problems…..I have poor circulation and I am having trouble walking….I have to have stomach surgery again because I developed a hernia because since my Medicare insurance wouldn’t pay for hospital any longer, I was in different hospitals for 9 months…..scar tissue from surgery to remove an ovarian cyst, that burst on the way to the operating room and I ended up on life support and was given my last rites…but here I am…anyway, scar tissue from that surgery 31 years ago cut through my intestines and bowel….I ended up on life support yet again because of that….then when insurance wouldn’t pay for hospitals any longer, I ended up in a nursing home…I couldn’t come home because I was still on a lot of machines……one of the doctor’s removed my stitches too soon and I burst open and ended up on life support with blood clots in my arms legs, and lungs…they couldn’t close me up tight enough and now I ended up with this hernia because of that….. I have to lose 10-15 pounds before I can have the surgery…….I failed to mention that before all of this happened I was 140 pounds and because I had to be on IV fed nourishment, I was 250 pounds when I left to come home…I am down to 180 right now but still have 10 more to go……My God was with me through all of it, obviously, because I should have been gone so many times but I’m still here….the pain is unbearable at times but He helps me through it…..it can’t be anywhere near the pain He suffered on that cross for me……please pray for us to help us through everything that we are going through and that we will have a good outcome…..sorry I just needed to vent I guess….please pray for us…we will greatly appreciate it…..Thank you and God Bless all of you…

    • Robyn Dykstra on August 16, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Kathleen,
      I hear your faithful testimony. Lord, have mercy! I am so sorry all this has happened to you.

      Lord, we know that we will face trouble in this world, but you promise we will always be able to stand up under it or find a way through it. (1 Cor. 10:13) What Kathleen and her family are going through is a LOT. Lord, show yourself faithful to her. Relieve her pain. Heal her body. Expedite the paperwork. Provide answers and supportive medical teams. Jesus, we know you understand and love us, so we ask for your intervention in all these things in your name. amen.

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