It can happen in an instant, or take time coming.  It’s the situation that changes everything.  A diagnosis. A ruling. Loss of job.  Financial crisis. Marriage crisis. Family crisis. Loss of loved one.  Whatever it is, the shock can be overwhelming, devastating.

What do you do?  What’s next?  What’s going to happen?  How will you manage?  How will this affect your loved ones?

So many quesitons.  So much uncertainty.  The uncertainty is the worst.

Then comes the most important question:  How will you cope?

Shock, trauma, and fear take hold quickly. You need something to grasp hold of, something to cling to.  Something to help you when hard times come.

That something is faith.  Let it lead you to the Lord.

Pray hard and pray often.  In your prayers let go of all the negative things taking hold of your heart – fear, anxiety, hopelessness.  Ask for God’s guidance and the wisdom and courage to follow as He leads.

Look to God for perspective, understanding, hope and help.  Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart.  (Proverbs 3:5)  Seek His truths for your life.

Push out of your mind all the negative thoughts that want to defeat you.  Those thoughts aren’t of Christ.  Instead, think of what right, honorable, and true. (Phillipians 4:8)

Jesus came to save, not to condemn. (John 3:17).   He does not call you a failure, or worthless. His plans are not to harm you, but to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

In Christ, you are redeemed.  Jesus isn’t just your Lord, He is your Savior!  He paid a heavy price when He gave His life on the cross so that you could be freed of the sins and wrongs of your past.  Claim the victory that is yours in Christ!

Remember that God’s ways are higher than our ways.  Even when things seem hopeless to us, He has a way to respond to our needs.

There are many things we can’t control in our lives.  Are you able to give control to God?  Are you able to take a step in faith and surrender all to God?  Let Him take the lead in your life?

Know that God is with you, responding to your heart, even before you call.  (Isaiah 65:24)

Following are some of God’s promises, truths to hold onto when hard times come:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.   – Proverbs 3:5-6

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”    – Jeremiah 29:11-12

For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.  – Romans 8:28

Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.  Remember the wonders He has done.  – Pslam 105:4-5

God will never leave you, nor forsake you.  – Deuteronomy 31:6

With God all things are possible.  – Matthew 19:26

God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in time of need.  – Psalm 46:1

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.   – Isaiah 41:10