How To Manage Life In Devastating Times

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps

Mar 19

Today, many of you are going through very tough times in life. Some have family members in the hospital with serious conditions, others are working through your own pain, physical, emotional and spiritual. Devastating times are a part of life because death is a given. As much as I wish I could remove the pain from your life, I can’t. What I can do is help you walk through the challenging times one day at a time, one step at a time.

As you may be experiencing challenging times, the world around you does not stop when you are struggling. It keeps moving and expects you to keep up when your heart is hurting and you feel like you have more on your plate than you can handle. 

I was supposed to publish this blog post last Thursday. However, on Thursday morning, just after nine o’clock, I received a call from my husband informing me that he was having chest pains at work. The plans for my day changed immediately. He was rushed to the hospital and into the Cardiac Cath Lab. By the time I had arrived, they informed me that he was having a procedure done. What procedure they were performing, I did not know. I headed to the waiting room with one of John’s close co-workers along with his mom and waited for news. We soon found out that John had a blood clot that caused 100% blockage in one of the main arteries of his heart. Many people do not survive such an event, but today was John’s (and my) lucky day. I had no idea how important this blog post was going to be for me personally when I originally wrote it.

Baby steps have gotten me through in the past, and they are getting me through right now. I wake up each day knowing I have to push through because there are things that must get done. I know, baby steps don’t feel like enough at times, but when life dishes out hard stuff, baby steps are likely all we can handle. They are a lifesaver.

With you in mind, I have put together a booklet called Living Through Devastating Times: Your Personal Baby Steps To Get You Through Today. This practical booklet is short and simple, because that is exactly what you need right now. But there is power in its simplicity. It helps you take one day at a time, one baby step at a time, to keep moving through this time in your life. It encourages you to try to live your best, whatever that looks like for you today.

It starts by having you move the million things that are on your mind and get them down on paper. Keeping all of those thoughts and tasks rumbling around in your mind uses energy that you are in short supply of. It then walks you through deciding what small steps you can handle today. It is simple, but makes a profound difference.

Living Life Together: If you know someone who is going through a challenging time in life, will you forward this information to them? This booklet is absolutely no good just sitting on my website or out on Social Media. There are so many who are hurting that could use some guidance and encouragement. We are all in this life together and we need each other more than ever. Let’s keep living life together!

You want to live the best life you can, even in the midst of the challenges you face. Download your copy below, to help organize your thoughts and know how to move forward each day, one baby step at a time.

My daily walk with Jesus:  For the many years that I have written this blog, I have talked very little about my relationship with Jesus Christ. I have shared that God is #1 on my priority list, but have not shared what that looks like, each day of my life. Many of my readers may not be interested in this focus of my life, and that is why, from here on, I will place it at the end of my post. You can read up until that point and walk away with great stuff for the week. But there are many of you who will enjoy reading it, and some of God’s Word as well. 

I love Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT). It says “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”

I am not a Bible Scholar. But I do read God’s Word every day and try to live it out the best I can, in my “non-perfect” way. This past week I thank Jesus for a peace that surpasses all understanding. I can not explain it in any other way. I had peace as I was sitting in the waiting room at the hospital. I did not know what the doctor was going to tell me when he walked in the door. As I brought my husband home from the hospital, we both said we had peace about life and our future, even with all of the worries of our world right now. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIRV) says “Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to Him. Then God’s peace will watch over your heart and your mind. He will do this because you belong to Christ Jesus.” That hit the nail on the head!

Each day I get up, read God’s Word, ask Jesus for my next baby steps, and most of the time I feel a clear direction. When I don’t, I get up and start moving and ask for Him to guide my steps as I move, and He does. That is my encouragement for you today. Focus on these two Bible verses. Let’s lean on God and on each other, and we will get through our challenging times one day at a time, one baby step at a time.

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