We come to this Christian walk at varying stages of life. Some of us barely remember a time when we didn’t believe. Some tried to figure out this life in many different ways before coming to a belief in the one true God and in His Son, Jesus Christ. While still others struggle to believe even now.

And no matter where you fall on that journey, we can all lack the faith needed to believe when life isn’t easy. When the choices are hard. Our hearts are broken. Our spirit tired. When we wonder, even if we don’t have the courage to say it out loud, if God sees our circumstances.

Please, reader, know you’re not alone in this.

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To the wife of many years who realizes, with a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach, divorce is a very real next step in her faith journey. A decision sure to affect friends and family as well. For years to come. Believe.

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

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To the one struggling with an addiction. Not only today, but every day. Who, no matter how much faith he conjures up, still has trouble getting up, going to work, putting one foot in front of the other. Every. Day. Lean on your brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us be the church. Believe.

“Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves.” Romans 15:1

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To the sister who knows God has placed a calling on her life. But struggles to find a church where she can serve freely. Who often contemplates if perhaps she misunderstands the God-given gifts she sees in herself. Believe.

“But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted.” I Corinthians 12:18

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To the pastor who has seen it all. He has served faithfully for years. And knows the depths of the fall of man. But also knows the heights we can reach when we exercise

the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Who would somedays give it all away to get a job where he worked the day shift, 40 hours a week. When you’re not sure you can continue living into this calling God has on your life. Believe.

“I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

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To the mama of many children, blessed enough to spend her days with them. So worn out from all these blessings when she finally gets them to bed at night. And, when she’s very honest with herself, often wonders deep down if she’s doing things right. If her children will have the faith she tries to instill in them. Believe.

“Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9

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To the brother who’s been waiting for a really long time. For a wife. A home. A job. An opportunity to serve. Whose heart longs for his circumstances to change. But God appears silent. Believe.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 *****

To the family member who celebrates an anniversary every year. Honoring the death of a loved one. An infant. A child. A husband. A parent. No one gets to tell you how to grieve. Or how long you should bear the sorrow. Know God weeps with you. Believe.

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” Psalm 55:22

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The real hope for a Christian lies in the fact that there is so much more for a believer. More than this broken, fallen world can offer us. His Word promises, again and again, we can have more in this life. And an eternity of better awaits us. Believe.

“Blessed is she who believed.” Luke 1:45a

Traci Rhoades can trace God at work her whole life, preparing her for various seasons of ministry. In a big picture kind of way, that very idea encompasses her blog, http://www.tracesoffaith.com.  Her articles offer an honest look at how we can trace ways God prepares us to glorify Him with our lives both now and for eternity.