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Lent Day 9

It’s just so hard!”  If you’re up for a little self-examination today, pay attention to how many times in a week you say, “_______ is just so hard!”   Marriage, employment  (or unemployment for that matter), parenting, exercise, study, – all have aspects of hard.  As you go through your own list in your head, ask yourself, is “hard” the main descriptive term that I use on a regular basis? Yes, some things are hard, but if hard becomes the overshadowing theme in most areas of our lives, then we have bought into the lie.
If we buy into the lie, then we really don’t believe we have a Father that loves us, walks with us and has a plan for our lives.  At the core, we don’t believe we are loved and cared for by our Heavenly Father.  Sure, all of the aspects of life that I mentioned require hard work, but hard and defeating were never the intent of our Creator.   I know it has been drastically overused, but this verse directly combats the lie of dealing with the hard: ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer 29:11)  I love that last part, “to give you a hope and a future.”  Not a lot of “hard” in that statement, and that is His intent for us!

Lie: Life is just so hard

Truth: God has a plan for our lives that is not dominated by “hard”

” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer 29:11)

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