The Struggle Is Real

The struggle is real. I hear people use this cliche often but have you ever really thought about why you struggle. We have all faced difficult challenges in life. I recall when my husband and I first started our family. We were young adults in love with little pay and two low income jobs. We lacked financial management and lived paycheck to paycheck. I would say the struggle was real. We both began to take on new adventures in an effort to improve our financial situation. Yeah, the struggle was real. However, it wasn’t until we realized we could not pay our rent, and all of our credit cards were maxed that the struggle was truly real. We decided it was time to seek help. Yep, we did not want to have a life where we worked hard just to make it. We wanted to truly live! Coincidentally, not really, it was God answering our prayers. Our church offered a financial class to help educate on financial management. We attended and learned a lot very quickly. It changed our life forever. I’ll tell more about that later.

However, the struggle was real but the entire time God was still there teaching us valuable lessons. Phil. 4:19 states, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Through this struggle, we learned that God will always provide. We always had a roof over our head and food to eat. No it wasn’t a place of our own but we had a wonderful supportive family that welcomed our new family. No we could not afford to dine at fancy downtown Charleston restaurants or take extravagant trips around the world, we ate 10 pack tacos, nachos supreme with extra sour cream and rented a .99cent movie from Blockbuster. Yes the struggle was real. But during this struggle we also learned how to enjoy each other. We took for granted how precious time really was and focused on “things” which caused a mountain of debt versus spending $5 and making priceless memories. Yes the struggle was real but I wouldn’t trade the struggle for anything.

In these difficult times, God is still there and teaching you to have faith and trust Him. The struggle is real because it’s teaching you real life lessons. In your struggle, look for God and learn a lesson so you don’t have to struggle in the same way!

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

10 thoughts on “The Struggle Is Real

  1. Awesome blog Shana!!!! The struggle is definitely real!! It’s up to us the remain in the struggle, or try to find a positive way out!!!
    Thanks for Sharing!!!


  2. I love reading your posts. I always tell people I am an open book and give my life situations as a learning experience. Reading what you write always opens my mind and makes me start thinking about my life where I’ve been and where I want to go.

  3. Been there done that! I always say I never forget where I came from but I will not lose sight of where I am going. The struggle teaches you to be humble and vigilant at the same time. Thank you for sharing, people tend to share the good in their life but not their journey.

  4. So true! God has a plan for all of us. When we put him first and manifest in his word, the blessing pour in. We have to prioritize our needs versus our wants. Put God 1st.

  5. The struggle is most definitely real! What about the people who can’t seem to stop struggling what should they do? What should they try. Social media always shows the success after the struggle what can someone do now to help them through their struggle! What resources are out there to help them. I feel like that’s the missing piece.

    • I think the first step is talking about your struggles. People portray their Fakebook lives but are suffering behind their posts. Those of us who are confident in who and whose we are can help by sharing our stories. Be vulnerable. Simple tell our stories and how we overcame them (what resources did we use) A simple way of saying share your testimony.

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