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How to Survive Hard Times

Posted by on July 15, 2011 in General

Life is often times very hard. That is why I earnestly seek the Lord throughout every day. I pray mostly for the mission God gave me to fulfill: HirePatriots. I pray for Christians worldwide, America, the suffering, veterans and their families. I pray for everyone who is helping HirePatriots. I pray for my family. And I pray for myself.

Trying to help as many U.S. Military and veterans as I can across America is very difficult. It absorbs all of my time. But mostly, I struggle with people. I am attacked, slandered, lied to and robbed relentlessly.

My human nature always urges me to criticize God and to blame him for my struggles and hardships. And that is when reading the Bible is essential. It teaches us that God created everything in existence and maintains it all perfectly. It says that he loves us so much that he gave us his Son, Jesus Christ to be a sacrifice for our sins. He has nail holes in his hands to prove it. He will never forget us. He is nearer to us than our own breath. He cares deeply about all of us. He is there to be our strength and our hope and our light. He is completely holy and always right. He does not make mistakes. He is fully aware of everything that we are going through.

But a care-free life in this world is not what God promised us. In fact, when you read the Bible and learn about the prophets, apostles and believers, they were all persecuted harshly and lived very difficult lives until they were killed.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 – “I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.”

The Apostle Paul concludes by saying: “…I pleaded with the Lord …9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” — Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Ultimately, this life has one purpose: Do we trust in Christ? – Anyone can trust and believe when things are going well. But only true people of faith can endure hardship gratefully, knowing that it is perfecting their faith.

Throughout the Psalms, King David writes again and again about his troubles and then he turns them over to the Lord and trusts in his faithful love. In Psalm 91 David writes: ““Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”

And so everyday as I go through the trials and tribulations of being responsible for spreading HirePatriots across the country and the trials of my supporters, my family and myself, I end up saying in my heart: “I put my trust in you, Lord. Be my strength, my rock, my fortress and deliverer, for you are my only hope. I put my trust in your love.” Amen

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Mark Baird

Hello, I'm Mark Baird and I founded Hire Patriots. My wife and I are 'helpers.' We are concerned about meeting the practical needs of our US veterans and their families. We began a job board for local residents to post chores that they need help with. It has been very successful. Thousands of local US Military and veterans partially or entirely support themselves from our website. We are looking for others near US Military bases who would also like to have a HirePatriots.com website for their location. Find more information about our military programs at PatrioticHearts.org. And please make a contribution of any kind. Thank you.

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