Life is hard.
You know it, and I know it. Circumstances can be painful, relationships can be messy, and sometimes our hearts simply grow exhausted.
Christian, I want to encourage you today.
Are you going through something that feels too big to handle? Are you depressed and waiting for your dormant soul to awaken? Are you discontent with where God has you in life right now?
If those ideas sound familiar, these truths are for you. If not, they’re actually for you too!
I want to strengthen your heart by giving you three reasons why you can smile today with a spirit full of true joy instead of dwelling on your hurts. The unwavering promises of God endure even when our lives seem to be fading away.
1. God loves you.
I have a feeling you already knew this, but take just a moment to dwell on this thought. God valued you so much that He was willing to suffer unthinkable pain for you so that you could spend your days eternally by His side.
He cared for you with such a passion that He literally bought you back with His blood after all that mankind had done to reject His message.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
There is no greater proof than that to show that He adores you. Isn’t that a sufficient reason to smile today?
2. God will never leave you.
No matter what you are facing today, God will always be by your side to help you. Chew on that for a second. He has promised He will never leave you.
Even when we push His presence away in our hearts…
Even when we don’t feel that He cares…
He is our constant companion.
Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “… the LORD thy God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
3. We have a radiant hope.
We don’t have to flounder around for reasons to hope. Why? Because God has given us more hope already than our human minds could have conjured up unaided.
We have the hope of Heaven, perfection, and holiness. We have hope of a coming day when we will no longer feel the aches of the world. We have hope of a moment when we will be made perfectly whole in the Savior.
Until then, we live with a clear purpose of worshiping God and making His greatness known. We don’t have to wonder what our life’s directive should be. How cool is that?
Hebrews 6:19 says, “This hope we have as an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast…”
You might be asking yourself, “How can I be joyful when life hurts so much?”
You can smile today because your joy is not defined by your circumstances. True joy is found only in God and His promises.
So I ask you, will you choose joy and smile today, because of Jesus?
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Beautiful, Alathia! I love this because it is just a short daily reminder to everyone that you still have hope and God is still there even when you do not feel like He is. Thank you for writing this.
Thank you for your kind words, Clare!
This is great, thanks so much for sharing! I really needed to hear this today!
You’re very welcome, Sarah! 🙂
Thanks for the awesome encouragement! And yes! Today I will choose to smile and have joy, because of what Jesus did for me. I love how we have so much hope in Jesus, and that He is always by our side. Thanks for writing, Alathia! 🙂
I’m glad it encouraged you, Anne 🙂 Thanks for commenting!
Thanks Haylie! There is so much truth we forget during the day . We all need to remember that God does love us, and He will never abandon us. Always right there in front of us, guiding our every step. We don’t have to worry about a thing, because we know that He has a plan that will bring us to where ever we need to be in the walk He has called us to.
Good thoughts, ZeePt3. Thank you for reading!
Oh, and Alathia, this is my real friend. Lol.
I should go invite my real life friends to the Reb! Oh wait… all my friends are people I’ve never met in real life….. xD
Ask @ZeePt3:disqus about it. He’s both homeschooled and homechurched! Lol.
My home is like, the epicenter of all things educational for me.
*sniffs* That means… I’m not… his real friend… :'(‘
Well, maybe because I’ve never met you I can overlook this breach of friendship protocol. Yeah, it’s okay, I’ll be your un-real friend. =D
Really though, it’s cool that you coaxed a real-life friend into our swarms of craziness. I haven’t managed that yet.
Haha ikr? I was like “Oh. Okay, I guess we aren’t friends anymore…” *cries a bit in a dark corner* ;P
But anyways, how ya been, Mimey? 😀 It’s good to “see” ya!
I’m such a bad person!
It’s okay, Mime. After @jaquellecrowe:disqus becomes a millionaire, she’ll take us all to Australia to become real friends. . .AND HOLD BABY KOALAS!
OMD that’ll be awesome!! How long will that take?
Oh, btw did you get my email?
Yeah. Just got it. I’m doing pretty good, but I’d be doing even better if I was holding a Koala!
Hahaha, yeah a Koala would improve just about anyone’s day. 😀
Hey, can I come? 😀
We’re all Jaquelle’s minions, so sure. . .um, that is if she has enough money. Her books going to have to make a lot of money.
Or if I comment 200 more times, then I think I might count as real.
Yeah, okay that works. 🙂
You already knew that.
Oh, and I would like to very officially welcome you to TheReb, John’s real life friend 😀 I’m only nine days late 😉
Allie, thank you for writing this! This is an amazing reminder! I really needed to smile right now!
Charity! Thanks for reading, friend! <3 you!
(btw y'all, this is my real life friend, Charity)
Welcome to theReb, Alathia’s real friend!
Glad to meet a real-life friend of Haylie’s! 😀
Welcome Haylie’s real-life friend, I’m John’s real-life friend!
Coolie! Nice to meet you!
Hey Haylie, I needed this today even more than Saturday! Thank you. I guess it shows just how stupid making idols out of other people is. I mean even out of a wholly selfish viewpoint, is there anyone else who would die for you after you’ve sinned against them and treated them like you’ve treated Jesus? Hmmmm. Thx!
That’s a really good question to think on, isn’t it? And you’re welcome, John, I’m glad it could encourage you…on Saturday, and today! 🙂
Thank you Haylie. I needed to be reminded of this.
You’re welcome, Mrs. Jean 🙂
Haylie, I was just wondering how your parents picked the name Alathia? I knew a girl named Alethia and I always liked her name but I never knew where it came from! 😉
Great article too, by the way!
Hey Leah! My parents named me Alathia because it is a Greek word ( ἀλήθεια ) that means “truth”. I’ve seen it spelled a couple of different ways as a name. And I’m glad you enjoyed the article! Thanks for reading, Leah!
As a Greek, I can attest to that being true! Completely agree with the message in the post too of course — we never have an excuse to be down when Jesus has done so much for us.
Oh, cool! 🙂
Really good! I needed this. I’m on the brink of worry, but I need to trust. Thanks!
Thank you, Delaney! Keep trusting God, He really won’t let you down 🙂
Nope he won’t!
Love this. Definitely what I needed today.
Thanks for reading, Liana <3
Aww. I’ll be praying for you, Mimey 🙂 I’m doing alright… busy and stretched a bit, but God is faithful!
Thanks, Haylie. 🙂
This is was so encouraging! And I really needed to hear and remember this!
Thank you!! 🙂
You’re welcome, Abigail 🙂
Thanks for this beautiful reminder! And I LOVE the name Alathia, it’s absolutely gorgeous!
Aww, thanks 🙂 And thank you for reading, Hailey!
Thanks so much for this. We all need to be reminded of these simple truths more often than we’d think; it’s a little embarrassing. Thank goodness for a patient and loving God who understands that we don’t always remember Him, even as He’s right beside us. 🙂
You’re very welcome, Kimberly. The reason I wrote the article is because I have a very hard time remembering these things when I need to the most, so if it helped you at all, I’m very glad 🙂 And Yes, God’s faithfulness to us is amazing!
Great post. I have to remember this. No matter WHAT, the God in heaven, the creator of the universe and everything in it, loves ME. Kinda hard to wrap your head around when you really think about it.
His love for you and for me is truly amazing. Thanks for reading, Celestria 🙂 (p.s. I LOVE your name!!!)
Aw, thank you so much!! 😊 how do you pronounce your name, by the way?? I’ve never seen that before. Is that your real first name?
Hey! Yes, it is my real name, and I pronounce it like uh-lay-thee-uh. 🙂
That is so cool!! It sounds like a name of a princess in one of my fantasy novels😊😊
Aww, thanks! Well, that makes me feel special! 😀
It should. Such a cool name!
Thank you Alathia – that was so encouraging to read!
“No matter what you are facing today, God will always be by your side to
This probably sounds hilarious, but today I’m facing a messy room!
And I’m feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff on the floor…but it makes it easier to know that God’s there beside me – and of course, nothing’s too big for God!!! 😀
So now I’m gonna go clean up!!! 😀 😀 😀
Oh I totally feel you, @disqus_F1lFKpo2e9:disqus! I said “Whatever you’re facing” for a reason 😉 Thank you for reading!
Thank you for writing this article! Those are three wonderful reasons to smile!
Thank you for reading, Olivia!
You’re welcome, Haylie, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Great article and reminder! Thank you so much for the encouragement :D. I do have sooo much to smile about!
You’re welcome so much for the encouragement 🙂 I’m glad it blessed you, Matthew. Thank you for reading!