This Is But For A Moment & GraceFull Tuesday Link-Up

I have mentioned it here lately, that life is hard right now. And the truth is, it is really hard.

This Is But For A Moment

There is something going on in our family, something really hard and awful. It is the kind of thing that you think only happens in movies. Except here it is, in real life and in my family — and I am trying to figure out somehow how to deal and process this. My family is, really. And it is breaking us in different ways, all difficult.

Because hard things never come alone, life is also very busy right now. Between working full time and being part of several ministries at church, there is little time. And now, all that time is shadowed by the shock, sorrow, and distress.

So here is what I’m leaning on, this tender promise of God: this is but for a moment.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

Paul David Tripp said that “the central battleground of suffering is not physical, financial, situational, or relational.” It is first spiritual because this suffering makes spiritual warfare against our hearts. And I am realizing once again, that life does not always follow the easy way. That life doesn’t turn out the way I want it to always, either. And that’s totally okay — because God has this in His hands.

As hard as it might be to be in this season, to remain in this season — God is with us and we are not alone. God is eternal and therefore H will be with us forever, in all situations. His power will also never fade; it will always be greater than any storm or trial. And though the darkness lingers around the corners, His grace shines light on us. This grace never ends; rather, it keeps overcoming our sin and shame, all the sorrow and sadness.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
    my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
    and my place of safety.” (Psalm 18:2 NLT)

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32 Comments

  1. Thank you, Ronja, for your perseverance in showing up here in the midst of your very full life–and for your courage in sharing that doing Christianity in real life is not always easy or pretty. Praying Ephesians 6-oriented battle-cry prayers for you right this minute!

    1. Thank you so much, Michele. Real life really isn’t always easy or pretty — I’m so thankful that God is our strength in the midst of all this! Thank you for visiting here today. God bless you

  2. I am so sorry to hear that you are in a difficult season in your life right now. You have an excellent attitude. God does not promise us a smooth ride, but He does promise to be there for us, and he is there for you. Praying for peace and grace for you and your family.

    1. Thank you for this kindness, Laurie! I’m so thankful that God is with me in this all, and that He is my strength in this too. Thank you for your prayers and your presence here, friend! God bless you

  3. Ronja, I am praying God’s strength, comfort and peace for you today. I also have a movie-like situation in my family now–even the authorities have agreed that the case is extreme. So sorry you are going through a hard time, but know that you aren’t alone. I always turn to Psalm 18 when storms batter my heart, and I hope it gives you much-needed refuge today.

    1. Thank you so much for your prayers, Sarah. And for recommending the Psalm! I will be reading it. I’m so sorry things are so hard for you as well. You and your family are in my prayers!

  4. Oh Ronja, I am sorry you are going through such a hard time. I am praying that God gives you people to sit in the hard with you and hold your hand. People to walk with you and let you process all that is going on. People to have faith for you when you question your own.

    “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by your name; you are mine.
    I will be with you
    when you pass through the waters,
    and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not overwhelm you.
    You will not be scorched
    when you walk through the fire,
    and the flame will not burn you.
    For I am the Lord your God,”
    Isaiah 42:1-3

  5. I needed this message today as the weight of “life stuff” seems very heavy in my own life. Thank you for reminding me it is temporary. Saying a prayer for you. laurensparks.net

    1. Sorry to hear that life is hard for you as well, Lauren! But I’m so thankful that these things are here only for a moment and God is with us in it all. God bless you!

  6. I have been meditating on the words – “A Little While”. So many thoughts but the most prevalent one is a mother going through labor for a little while until she gives birth. That little while may be long or short depending on who you talk to, but its the culmination most remember which brings joy. Hang in there and hold on.

  7. Sorry to hear that your family is in spiritual & emotional pain Ronja… The above prayer & scripture encouragement is touching from the other bloggers. 🙂
    You may find my post above helpful “What to do with Heartache…” it comes from professional & personal experience as does my post “How do we deal with negative emotions…”

    There have been several emotional & spiritual blows again in my life in the past couple of months… This is when we need to cling to our Lord & allow Him to carry us through these times 😀
    He is the only one who can 😉
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer! God truly is the only One who can carry us through — and I’m so thankful He faithfully does it every time. I will be sure to check out those posts. God bless you

  8. Ronja – thanks for sharing with us that things have been tough lately, so we can be praying for you. Real life, isn’t always perfect or pain free, but it is real. 🙂 I am praying for you today. Blessings

  9. LORD, I ask you to cover this family with Your pinion feathers, protecting them as they take one step in front of the next each and every day. Rain Your peace upon them. I pray that You do reign in each of their hearts, LORD. Hold them close. I pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

  10. Hi Ronja, visiting over from Holley’s linkup (#37) and glad I did! So good to be reminded of God’s grace for us in hard times and for the opportunity to now be lifting you and your family up in prayer.

  11. My family has been there. The deepest of valleys that we never thought we would survive. Had it not been for the promises and Truth in God’s Word, maybe we wouldn’t have! Oh, how grateful I am that He gave us so much hope! Hebrews 12 was, for me, the lifeline that held me. (I created a whole series about it on my blog.) Keep your eyes on Him, my friend. He will not fail.

    1. Thank you for sharing this with me, Jana! It really is so wonderful that God is with us in this all and that there is always hope. Thank you for visiting here! God bless you

  12. Hi Ronja … I absolutely hear you. Things we never thought would hit home have a way of emerging after awhile. May you find God present in the crazyness … and may your writing encourage you to know that you’re not alone.

    So good to meet you from Mary’s …