hope for your battle

peonies, from my parents' yard

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” (Isaiah 43:1-2)

Our battles are individual and personal, for every one of us. Our battles are our own, and they look different from everyone else’s battles. True, we might be dealing with same issues as some others are but our past, our previous experiences and who we are, affect what our battles look like to us. Because others’ stories are so different from ours, it can be difficult to find the hope, to think that the circumstances would change when it comes to our lives. But this is where I see the beautiful grace of God. Darkness is dark for all of us. And in our battles, in our darkness we find the same God who doesn’t change. I may not be able to relate to the battle you are fighting through but I can say this:

My darkness has been dark and scary, too. I have been afraid — I still am, at times. But in my brokenness and pain, in the trials and the deep valleys, I have found God in there with me. In my deepest despair and those days when it seems like all hope has been lost, I have found God and peace in Him. He will be there for you, too. You will find Him in the midst of your battle; you only need to call, you only need to turn your eyes to Him. He is there, the Light and the Hope you need.

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’” (Isaiah 58:9)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. So no matter how dark it seems around you, no matter how hopeless you might feel — God is with you. He is, after all, Emmanuel – God With Us.

God with us.

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  • Ronja, We are neighbors at Monday Musings and I'm so glad to meet you. He is our refuge and strength willing to meet us in the midst of every battle. I'm so thankful. The Lord has walked me through my worst fears teaching me I can always count on the hope He alone can give. Blessings to you.

    • Ronja

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing, Deb! Blessings!

  • Cindy

    Amen, Sistah! Thank you for sharing these encouraging words.

    • Ronja

      Thank you for visiting, Cindy! I am glad you found encouragement here. Blessings!

  • pjkuhn

    What an encouraging post! It rings clear and true because of your willingness to be authentic and share your own struggles. I've experienced God closest in my own dark times, too. ~Pamela

    • Ronja

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Pamela!

  • sophiareedmft

    I was just thinking these same thoughts last night. I often complain about things that I have been through or my struggles. I have come to realize that these same hardships are what made me stronger and what makes me want to encourage other people. You can never complain your issues with someone else. What God has planned for them, may be different that what God has planned for you. I am coming to understand that.

    • Ronja

      Thank you for sharing! We all have our own, individual part in the body of Christ and a purpose as well - and therefore, our walks with the Lord need to look different. That way we can mature together and edify each other in the Lord.

  • Trudy Den Hoed

    This is so encouraging, Ronja. Thank you for speaking hope in the midst of the battle.

    • Ronja

      Thank you for your visit and your kind words!

  • Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite verse. So much hope and promise in those words and over the years has proven a faithful saying. God is so good! Good to meet you! Hopping over from Graced Simplicity. Have a wonderful week!

    • Ronja

      Thank you for your visit! God certainly is so good!