Until recently, the scope of hard things in my life has been managable. Like most, I’ve been through rough and painful seasons and challenging situations and struggles. Life is never perfect. There is always something to navigate through, and by grace we’ve always found our way.

But lately.

There’s been a lot of hard things.

I haven’t known how to cope, I’m afraid of what is to come. I don’t know if I have the strength to carry on. I’m afraid my joy is slipping away, and I don’t know how to be myself anymore.

I’ve been lost in confusion.

But, I refuse to stay there.

I keep reminding myself of something I believe.

We can do hard things. 

I’ve said this lots in my life. To my kids when they are facing new and challenging situations, to myself when I need some extra confidence, to those I see needing strength and encouragement.

I realize though, that the scale of hard things in life vary each day. One moment it could be a stressful work week, then all of a sudden you come face to face with something that could change the trajectory of your life.

But we keep going.

Amid the darkness and the fear that we often face, we can have hope.


We CAN do hard things.

All of us. 

The one facing a cancer diagnose. 

The parent believing in a healthy report for their child.

The couple trying to make their marriage work.

The individual seeking direction and purpose.

The one feeling the darkness of depression.

The family watching a loved one slip away.

The person feeling a grief so strong it hurts. 

We are all doing the hard things together. 

We are not alone. 

If you find yourself trapped by fear, wondering how you are ever going to make it out of the this season and be free from what hinders, you can have hope. Look to those around you for support, and look to Him for perfect peace.

You don’t have to be weary. He gives strength, this anchor to the soul.

You can stand secure. He is steadfast and true.

You can trust. He is unchanging, full of grace and life.

Keep moving forward, keep being brave. Look the situations that scare you right in the face and remind yourself that you can do all things. You have been given all strength. What is in the world is not stronger that what is inside you.

You are stronger than you know. 

He is stronger than you could ever comprehend

We can do hard things because we don’t have to do them alone.