I have been looking back through the blog posts and devotions I have written over the years, and I am amazed at how much has changed. The struggles I went through, the verses that encouraged me, how Jesus was with me through each moment… all of it.
I have went through so many seasons. From being a new, stay-at-home mom to a mom that worked part-time and back again. From the moment my first book was published, to the years I spent as an author coach, to refocusing on my original calling. God has always been there.
I have had highs and lows. I went five years without sleep after my twins were born, spent a year and a half homeschooling, and then soaked in the quiet the first time I had the house to myself when the twins started preschool. Then I cried when my oldest son started middle school. I cried again when he started high school last fall.
While the early years seemed to last forever, it now seems as if time is flying by. So much has changed, yet two things remain the same.
Two Things That Stay The Same
1.) I Still Struggle
I am still a sinner in need of a Savior. No matter how much life changes, no matter how many struggles I go through or overcome, there is always a new struggle on the horizon (or an old one that still needs dealt with).
I used to be tempted to think that life would be fine if only __________. Or as soon as __________. But I know better now. As long as we live on this earth, we will have our own share of struggles. Everyone has them. The only picture perfect life is in a picture, because the real thing is rough.
Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble, but we can take heart because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Which leads me to the second thing I know to be unchanging and true.
2.) Jesus is the Answer
No matter what I go through, I know that the answer can always be found in Jesus. He is my Savior and the Lord of my life. Nothing can ever change that.
Whether life is grand and my struggles are small, or everything seems to be coming down around me, Jesus is always with me. His love is unconditional and never ending. I know that no matter what I face, not only does He care, but He is right there with me. If my problems are big or small, I can count on Jesus through them all.
And I can always go back to the beginning with Jesus. Because knowing Jesus changes everything.
I don’t know where life finds you today, but I can say with complete confidence that these two things are true for you, too. And I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Feel free to share your own life lessons, or how you have seen these two things to be true in your life.
If you liked this blog post, keep your eyes open for Heather’s upcoming book, Candid Conversations, where she has partnered with 25 other Christian women. While each story shares a unique perspective, the prevailing theme is that we all struggle, but there is hope to be found in Jesus. Coming August 13th, 2018. Now available for pre-order.