The Hard Stuff by Jennifer Waddle

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The Hard Stuff
Series: Prayer Worrier - Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer
Jennifer Waddle
Matthew 6:9-13

I think I've been putting this chapter on the back burner. It's not one I feel totally comfortable writing. It has to do with the hard stuff of life.

You see, as much as we'd like to believe that everyone and everything will be ok during our time on earth, that's not the way it always works. As an idealistic girl, romance, fairy tales, and happy endings are the things I like to dream of. I want to believe the world can be a happy-go-lucky place where everyone drinks an ice-cold Coke, holds hands, and sings in a meadow, dressed as flower children…(remember that 70s commercial?)

But the 44 year-old-me knows differently. As I write today, I am being faced with an unexpected worry. A medical test came back with unfavorable results. So, I am scheduled to have more testing done. This is real life and it's scary! I can't help but think my own faith is being tested as I write these words to you. I am reminded to be humble, thankful and assured in the presence of God.

Have you ever allowed yourself to think of the worst-case-scenario? I used to avoid it at all cost, but I've learned that boldly thinking through the possible outcomes often helps me put it into perspective. In this medical situation, it could turn out to be cancer. For me, that is the worst thing that could happen. I also know it could turn out to be nothing. I am asking God for it to be nothing. But I'm also asking for His will to be done.

''In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.''

(Matthew 6:9-13)

A few months ago, I heard about a young wife and mom in my own community who passed away from breast cancer. She had written about her journey in a very candid and beautiful eBook which I purchased immediately. This particular section of her book moved me deeply:

One stark winter morning I woke my oldest daughter to return to the routine of school after a long break at home. I loved the long season of having her and all my babies in my nest, and felt reluctant to return her and the others to the hallways and classes that filled their days. I quietly ushered her through the morning breakfast, teeth brushing, and readiness for a new semester in the darkness of the deep winter morning. She has walked months upon months with me in this terrible beauty that is cancer. She is my quiet one, my listener, my observer. I must look for the treasured moment when her heart opens and is ready to share life and burdens with me. She ...


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