Be Joyful in Hope… Patient in Affliction… Faithful in Prayer


This morning, I would like to share with you a message God has been diligently teaching me. Life has thrown me some pretty rough curve balls over the past 8 weeks, actually over the past year.  I am nearing the end of earning my Master’s in Professional Counseling, as I have followed God in his calling over my life to counsel His sheep.  It seems the closer I get to my degree completion, Satan is working over time to hinder my progress.  I have been sick, my kids have been sick, my heart is been broken by rejection, my motivation is desperately lacking, doubt is at an all time high, and it seems nothing is running smoothly.  Several times I have succumbed to these feelings of discouragement.  I have cried tears of frustration, rejection, and heart brokenness.  I have struggled to find time to spend with my family, let alone complete assignments.  Although, the past several weeks have proven extremely exhausting in all realms, God has never left my side.  Even when I failed to make time to spend in His word, He has continued to listen to my prayers, and has remained faithful in my affliction.  I completed another course toward my degree and God has been guiding every step/move I make.

One thing life continues to teach me is… God never promised our lives would be easy.  He has promised to provide for our needs, comfort us, and guide our steps.  If I keep my heart attuned to God’s station, He will lead me, comfort me, and guide me to His perfect plan for my life.

I leave you with this verse… A verse that has guided me through the tumultuous path of recent discouragement.

Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be faithful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”

I pray this post encourages you in your discouragement and doubt.  And remember… God is always near to the broken and weary in spirit!!!

Blessings, Crystal

Published by Crystal Ridlon

I love God, my husband was my high school sweet heart, and still is today. I'm a proud mother of the four most wonderful, sweetest, and cutest kids in the world! In addition, I am a mental health counselor. I love to write! I write from the most honest places within my heart and pray my experiences are able to help and encourage others on their journey through life.

3 thoughts on “Be Joyful in Hope… Patient in Affliction… Faithful in Prayer

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: