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Today’s Truth

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying. (Romans 12:12, NLT)

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When my special needs daughter, Taylor, was ages 4-6, she could sing like a little bird. From If You’re Happy and You Know It to I Love You, You Love Me, she knew dozens and dozens of songs and everywhere she went, she sang. She often sang herself to sleep.

I will never forget the last time she sang Jesus Loves Me all the way through. Not long after that, disease stole her words. While she could no longer sing, she still loved to listen to music. In the last weeks of her life as her suffering grew worse, when we played praise music in her room, I could feel a difference in the tension of her body.

There are seasons of life when daily living seems impossible. Maybe you are living in one right now. God’s Word is so practical in those moments. Today’s key verse, Romans 12:12, shows us how to live when it seems like there is no way out of a situation and life seems to have been placed on pause. This succinct verse of just three phrases tells us what to do when daily living feels overwhelming.

Paul, the author of Romans, knew that the gospel he shared would require a sacrifice. He began chapter 12 with that very appeal: “Present your bodies a living sacrifice.”

In other words, life won’t be perfect once we accept Jesus into our lives.

In the first eleven verses of Romans, Paul writes truth bomb after truth bomb. By the time Paul arrives at verse 12, however, it feels to me like he is whispering an enormously big secret. Like Paul’s sharing his secret sauce!

First, he says “Rejoice in confident hope.” The word “rejoice” means to be incredibly happy about something or to be overjoyed. Rejoicing in our confident hope simply means that we praise God not only for what He does or doesn’t do, but we praise Him for Who He is and what we know He is capable of. We can praise Him for what we don’t know that He does know. We can praise Him for having all the power in His hands.

Praising God on the darkest of days is both pivotal and powerful!

It changes our focus from what we want to see in a situation to anticipating with open eyes what God has for us. We can draw confidence from God’s never-changing character.

The middle section of Romans 12:12 says “Be patient in trouble.”

When things seem out of control, God is always in control.

His goal is not to change situations, but to change hearts.

When I’m tempted to rush ahead of the Lord, Paul’s encouragement is to take one day at a time, one moment at a time.

Paul’s final ingredient to the secret sauce? “Keep on praying.”

When you don’t know what else to do, when life is upside down and it seems there is no end in sight, just keep on praying. Keep the communication flowing from your heart to the heart of God. Even if the emotions you feel aren’t pleasant, the Lord longs to hear from you because you’re His daughter.

Our family has had to learn how to live without our Taylor, as God called her home to heaven after giving us the privilege of caring for her for 22 years. I can tell you from experience that prayer trumps panic, every time.

Patience triumphs over pain.

Praising God transcends His power into our lives, aligning our hearts with His and defeating trials and temptations. So, let’s embrace prayer, patience, and praise as purposeful and powerful tools to keep moving us and our families forward. Each new day is a gift from God and we should praise Him for it.

Let’s Pray

Lord, I want to partake in Paul’s secret sauce of praise, patience, and prayer. When I’m tempted to wallow in pain, bring a fresh dose of praise to my heart. When I’m tempted to rush ahead of your plan, overwhelm my soul with patience. When shutting down seems like a good plan, help me remember that prayer is my lifeline.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Which portion of Paul’s secret sauce is meeting you where you are today? Share it in the comments!

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Could you use a little more direction in learning to praise God through the hard? If you enjoyed this devotion, you’ll enjoy Rachel’s FREE Praise Him Anyway Bible Reading plan and journal.

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12 Responses to “The Secret Sauce to Living in Difficult Seasons”

  1. Becky says:

    I’m between patience & prayer!

  2. Angela Paolozzi says:

    I am richly blessed daily as I grow forward in my relationship with Jesus my Lord. The daily messages are always timing encouraging me in the Lord. I forward and hope others will gain the joy and support I receive from this daily devotional.

  3. Laura says:

    Thank you Rachel for this powerful message! Prayer, patience,and praise. I need to memorize this in my heart and act on it. Thank you for sharing your story and how you got through it.

  4. Cyndie says:

    Praise God for Paul’s Secret Sauce. I needed this devotion today. Facing an overwhelming next few days making an office move after a 16 in flood in the old office. Worrying over whether or not my husband will “check out” emotionally and physically or be there to support me. (I know– not my responsibility) I’m a counselor after all. God will bring the manpower and yet I fret anyway. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Bonnie says:

    God is so good. I lost my mom unexpectedly yesterday. I take comfort knowing that she gave her life to Jesus a few years ago. I will get to hug her again in Heaven. The pain of this earthly loss is almost unbearable. I thank God for his timing. This devotion helped me start the first full day without her this side of Heaven.

  6. Leni says:

    Thank you Rachel n team again for powerful message that helps us to focus on Christ especially in difficult times I’m learning to praise Him anyway to carry me through and pray for His blessings and love for you all xx

  7. I’m encourage by all the messages posted here we need the words of others to help us through trouble times.

  8. Denise says:

    Be patient in trouble is where I’m at. 😔 My husband is on his fourth week of having shingles and there hasn’t been much relief from his pain and discomfort. He is not a good patient. He complains. He doesn’t want to try the things that the doctor has told him to try so that leaves him miserable and irritable. I’m clinging to hope and praying for healing but my patience is wearing thin. I will rejoice in confidence for what I know our God can do! Thank you so much for this devotional today! Praying for all who commented today. 🙏🏽

  9. Pamela says:

    A beautiful devotional, Rachel. I suddenly lost my 19 yr old daughter years ago. It’s amazing how your entire life is changed in a day. I miss her more than words can say and I love her more than words can say. There are times when the pain is unbearable but at the same time I can feel the Holy Father comforting me. God is good. And I feel that both our daughters wait for us when God decides to unite us again. Blessings to you.

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