Encouragement & Motivation

When the Struggle is Real

May 2, 2016

I’m sure many, if not all, of you have heard the familiar phrase, “The struggle is real.” Many of us say this almost in a joking manner while texting our friends about a small struggle we are facing. In reality, though, many of us our facing real-life, serious struggles. Many of us have something in our lives that we are having trouble overcoming. Many of us are suffering from broken hearts, bitterness, anxiety, or maybe some of us are just struggling to keep up with the flow of life. Many of us are hurting, and most of us are dealing with “real” struggles.


In a world struggling for success, love, support, and wealth, there is still something that is much bigger than all our hurts, troubles, and struggles. Your struggle may be real…but so is God. He alone is able to conquer all of our struggles in life.



1 John 4:4– Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.


We need to give our struggles to God because He alone is the One who can deliver us. Don’t tell God how big your struggles are, but tell your struggles how big your God is. Once we look at all our struggles as something God can control, they don’t seem as big as they once were.


In the Bible, we read about people who faced struggles much bigger than you and I. People of God, such as Paul and John, were tormented and beaten and eventually killed for the cause of Christ. Mary and Martha’s brother died. Job lost all his children. Sarah prayed for a child for over 40 years before having one. Joseph was sold as a slave. You see, many people in the past have had struggles just like you. They were real. They were big. But all of their struggles were overcome because they put their faith in God and they gave their struggles to God instead of trying to handle it themselves.





There are other people in the Bible who had big struggles too. Samson lost his strength, Solomon lost his wisdom, Cain hated his brother, Lot’s wife had to move from her city. Pharaoh’s land was full of plagues and his firstborn son was killed. These people had struggles, too. But they never overcame their struggles. Instead, their struggles overcame them. Why? You might wonder why all of these people and their struggles were never resolved like the ones I had mentioned before. It’s because they handled their struggles the wrong way.


We all have struggles, but how we choose to handle our struggles makes all the difference. Real struggles placed in the hands of a real God bring forth real solutions.


God is the only one who can overcome your struggles. Even when we are weak and discouraged by the world around us, God is still strong.


2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


Are your struggles in life overwhelming you? God can overcome these struggles through you. It’s all about how you respond. If you turn to God and have faith in Him, then you’ll be triumphant like Job. But if you rely on your own strength and you don’t put your confidence in God, you will be like Samson or Lot’s wife. You’ll let those struggles overcome you and eventually destroy you. Put your struggles into God’s hands! He is strong enough to overcome them.







FullSizeRender (3) Brittney Johnson – Department: Encouragement & Motivation

Brittney Johnson is an ordinary girl serving her extraordinary Saviour. She lives in a small town in the beautiful state of Kentucky where she reads, writes, and stays busy being involved in her church. She is a missionary’s daughter and loves traveling the world. She’s a very social person, who loves meeting new people, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.



  1. Rayleigh

    May 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm Reply

    Brittney, this is a fabulous article and such a great reminder. I love the sentence “Don’t tell God how big your struggles are, tell your struggles how big God is”, thats just a perfect visual and an amazing perspective changer. Thank you so much for writing this and I look forward to your future articles.

  2. Savannah Perran

    May 4, 2016 at 11:50 am Reply

    I love this article so much Brittney, it was really inspiring and encouraging. I’ll definitely be remembering the points you made, thank you for writing this!

  3. Sarah T

    May 12, 2016 at 1:20 am Reply

    Brittney! This is a fabulous article! I love how you said to stop telling God how big our problems are and tell our problems how big God is!! That really hit home for me! 🙂

  4. Brittney Johnson

    May 20, 2016 at 8:37 pm Reply

    I’m so glad that this article was a blessing to you all! Thank you so much for the positive feedback.

  5. Joy

    June 2, 2016 at 3:31 pm Reply

    Brittney, thank you for sharing this article with us! I really needed to be reminded of some of the points you made, so this is yet another example of God’s perfect timing. God bless you and have a great week!

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