How do you do this?

As most of you know, I am a prayer minister. I work out of my office in Rochester and I counsel women and children who find themselves in need– whether emotionally, physically, or spiritually. I work with these individuals to better their lives and help them understand their unique relationships with Christ. We pray together in my office and I often pray for each of these clients throughout the week, as well.

This week, I was asked by a few of my clients “how” I do this without going crazy. How do I listen to each woman’s story? How do I continue to have faith in a world that’s gone crazy? How do I continue to hold onto hope when it looks like all hope has been lost? How do I sleep at night, knowing the intimate details of so many personal atrocities? How can I block out the terrors of the world when they are all too real for many of my clients?  How do I remain joyful when I literally see joy being sucked out of women and children on a daily basis? My answer?? I don’t.

I don’t do anything remarkable without my God. I don’t remain joyful unless I read His promises. I don’t hold onto hope unless I stay close to my creator. I don’t sleep at night unless God blankets me in peace. I don’t do anything spectacular. HE does!

If I rely upon myself, all is lost. I am nothing without His love, His grace, His mercy, His strength, and His protection. He does the hard work. I just show up. I am obedient to His call. He is the one doing all the hard work. I make myself available to Him and He does the miraculous.

We, as humans, make life much more difficult than it needs to be. God simplifies things. He highlights what is truly important.

Give your life to God. Give Him the little things, the big things, and everything in between.

How do I do it? I don’t. God does. I simply have the faith that if I show up, HE will do the hard part. And He does!