Winning each day when you want to give up.

When life throws you lemons and winning each day is comparable with walking through mud right up to your neck, how do you keep going?

“Be strong and of a good couragefear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6

The truth

Fear not, nor be afraid of them – those days, months or years when winning is not an option but a choice, remember God has it. It may not feel like He does but this declaration in Deuteronomy is a truth to hold onto when the mud drags you down.

Margaret Kazmierczak blogs for Heart"wings".com

There are days when even trying to raise your hand in prayer is painful, the mud clings to your arm as you attempt to pull it up out of the murky depths. It will take all your strength to break free, and even then you may give up and not bother due to the effort. What’s the point you will say? Winning each day demands too much.

“The righteous cry and the Lord heareth and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17

The hold of despair

You may despair and seek a way out. Not today Lord. Not tomorrow either. It is all too much.

Then there is silence. No whisper in the wind. The sky empty of movement. No answer.

You strain to hear.

Nothing – only emptiness.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12.9

Lost

Winning each day when you want to give up requires raw openness. An admission that without help you can’t reach out from the depths of your being. You are running on empty. Your heartfelt cries are silent, exhausted. You are lost unable to come home on your own. A painful awareness.

Margaret Kazmierczak on Winning Each Day When You Want to Give Up

You utter help not believing anyone can hear – your voice is too weak. You are now part of the mud! 

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice in as much as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:12-13 

The awakening

Rawness.

Reaching out.

Acknowledgement.

Accepting.

In your rawness, you reach out and acknowledge God is all powerful. He will lift you out of the mud. He will reveal the changes that you need to begin again – Acceptance.

It won’t be easy, but it will be possible. God will win each day for you on your behalf because He loves you, because you have declared your need – God understands your Gethsemane.

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Freedom

Giving up in this sense is essential to giving in to God’s comfort. Through His mercy, your suffering will gain freedom. Freedom to comfort others so that they too can win the day. The clinging mud of past days, months, years becomes a resurrection moment as you shake yourself free.

Now each day and every moment of the day can become a winning factor in your life. Stepping each minute into the knowledge that you can “do this” because God rescued you. God doesn’t mind how many times you call for help in a day; HE WILL be there. Your embrace of His presence at those moments will bring the victory.

Margaret Kazmierczak and Winning Each Day When You Want to Give Up

God wants you to give to Him rather than to give up. When life throws you lemons and winning each day is comparable with walking through mud right up to your neck, how do you keep going? Give God praise and read the truths in His Word to combat the mud and He will rescue you. 

God is waiting for you to cry out

When my child was in so much pain, she could not accept hugs or comfort, the pain I felt tore at my heart as I wanted to help her. Think then how much it tears God’s heart when we do the same to him!

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27

What do you do when you experience the mud bog?

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Margaret Kazmierczak

Margaret Kazmierczak nee Doust was born in 1958 in Redhill, Surrey, England. Had her father gotten his way, she would have been called Margaret Angela Doust with initials M.A.D. To avoid endless teasing, her parents dropped the middle name. She loved writing in her head, but found putting pen to paper difficult due to her dyslexia and inability to read. Her belief that she could write came when she submitted a sermon to a retreat master as a novice in a Contemplative Order. His advice to her: if you decide that this life is not for you, you must become a writer. After three years, she did leave, then life became busy and got complicated when she married her husband Peter and had three children. Finally after thirty years, the Retreat Master’s words became true and a writer was born.

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