how to keep on keeping on

Waiting for snow but I can't say I mind this one either.

“Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.” (Psalm 116:7-8)

Precious one, I see you trying so hard every day but still everything is falling apart around you. I know, living in this world is terrifying most of the time and the darkness is drawing closer to your soul, the ache in your heart becoming greater as the days pass by. You carry the guilt — of your past, of being yourself, of hurting others and hurting yourself — as if guilt is the one thing you have earned. And I know, all you want to do today is to give up — because you simply do not know how to keep on keeping on in this world of trials and hardships, shadows and sorrow.

Some days it might just be the hardest thing to do, to keep on keeping on.

Some days the walls around you seem to be collapsing and the ground beneath your feet shaking — and how do you even keep on keeping on when all you feel are the waves that are pushing you under? Some days dreams are falling apart and hearts are breaking faster than you knew was possible — and who ever told us how to keep on keeping on with a shattered heart and broken dreams?

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

I know that this storm raging on in your heart, this battle of your soul — it is loud within you, impossible to ignore. Those wounds of yours are bleeding raw, and it plain hurts to breathe in this world where nothing changes, where there seems to be no way out or onwards. But in the midst of it all, there is a soft whisper louder than any pain or sorrow, any lie or shame — “trust Me.”

See, dear one. There will be trials and tribulations, brokenness and messy lives in this world. But this we know — that grace came down and walked the broken road; that hope was given to us when the humble glory carried our shame on that cross. No matter how big the mountain or the Red Sea before us. No matter how great the storm or strong the waves that are pushing you under — He has overcome the world.

“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.” (Psalm 33:20-22)

This here really is the key to how to keep on keeping on. We have to lift our gaze off the things of this world and instead listen to that gentle voice telling us to trust Him. Some days, it is the hardest thing to keep on keeping one when the world gets loud and we lose sight of our glorious hope. But we know, He has overcome the world. He is the God With Us, the One Who Sees, and we are never struggling through this life alone.

The thing, though? Trusting the Lord, it will not be nearly as easy as we would like it to be. The darkness of this world has a way of bringing us to our knees when we are too weak to stand, too weak to reach the end of that long road. But those scars of yours are only proof that God heals; that hurt says that you are only human, too. So trust that the One who can overcome the world, can overcome your world of hardship and hurt as well. He knows what you are going through — He walked the broken road to the cross after all. He knows, dear one. He knows, and He will be with you.

Linking up: Winsome Wednesday, WholeHearted Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Coffee and Conversation, Woman2Woman, Coffee for Your Heart, Everyday Jesus, Thriving Thursday, Grace at Home, Hearts for Home, From House to Home, Recommendation Saturday

  • Meredith Bernard

    Thank for this beautiful reminder today of God’s love and grace. I think we are on the same page this week…trying to find strength in the trials and remember God is always good. Always. Thank you for linking up at #woman2woman again this week!

    • Ronja

      Meredith, it sure sounds like we are going through the same kind of things this week. So thankful, though, that the Lord is always with us and He will give us strength and grace to get through the days! Thank you for your visit and sweet words, Meredith!

  • Meredith Bernard

    Thank for this beautiful reminder today of God’s love and grace. I think we are on the same page this week…trying to find strength in the trials and remember God is always good. Always. Thank you for linking up at #woman2woman again this week!

    • Ronja

      Meredith, it sure sounds like we are going through the same kind of things this week. So thankful, though, that the Lord is always with us and He will give us strength and grace to get through the days! Thank you for your visit and sweet words, Meredith!

  • So what I needed to hear today! It's been a wild, wall-crumbling, ground shaking season for me. Thank you! Glad we connected through Holley's linkup.

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! What a comfort it always is to find Him speaking and giving grace to us through the seasons. The Lord sure is so good to us! Thank you for your visit, Laurie!

  • So what I needed to hear today! It's been a wild, wall-crumbling, ground shaking season for me. Thank you! Glad we connected through Holley's linkup.

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! What a comfort it always is to find Him speaking and giving grace to us through the seasons. The Lord sure is so good to us! Thank you for your visit, Laurie!

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  • Patricia Krank

    This is a beautiful post Ronja and I would love to share your words on my blog, with your permission and a link back of course. I'm so glad I found you today as we were both featured on Deb Wolf's Counting My Blessings link party! I am half Finnish (my mother) so I was delighted to see that you are writing from Finland. My adult daughters say we are absolutely going to visit there one day. I am your newest follower! Blessings to you, Patti

    • Ronja

      Patti, thank you so much! Of course you can share my words on your blog, what an honor that would be! :) Blessings!

  • Patricia Krank

    This is a beautiful post Ronja and I would love to share your words on my blog, with your permission and a link back of course. I'm so glad I found you today as we were both featured on Deb Wolf's Counting My Blessings link party! I am half Finnish (my mother) so I was delighted to see that you are writing from Finland. My adult daughters say we are absolutely going to visit there one day. I am your newest follower! Blessings to you, Patti

    • Ronja

      Patti, thank you so much! Of course you can share my words on your blog, what an honor that would be! :) Blessings!

  • Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    Ok. 1. I am crying. 2. I am not a crier. 3. You were first to link-up... and clearly there was a reason for that. 4. THANK YOU. Just thank you.

    • Ronja

      Sharita, isn't it great how the Lord knows what we need and He is so faithful to provide! He is the constant when the ground is shaking; He is the safe refuge we can run to when life starts to be too much for us. Praise the Lord that He would use my words to touch your heart. :) I'm praying for you!

  • Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    Ok. 1. I am crying. 2. I am not a crier. 3. You were first to link-up... and clearly there was a reason for that. 4. THANK YOU. Just thank you.

    • Ronja

      Sharita, isn't it great how the Lord knows what we need and He is so faithful to provide! He is the constant when the ground is shaking; He is the safe refuge we can run to when life starts to be too much for us. Praise the Lord that He would use my words to touch your heart. :) I'm praying for you!

  • Lux Ganzon

    I love the never-say-die spirit! :)

    • Ronja

      Thank you, Lux! :)

  • Lux Ganzon

    I love the never-say-die spirit! :)

    • Ronja

      Thank you, Lux! :)

  • Dawn Boyer

    Such encouragement I find here, Ronja! I am grateful you are sharing such grace with us. Bless you! Dawn

  • Dawn Boyer

    Such encouragement I find here, Ronja! I am grateful you are sharing such grace with us. Bless you! Dawn