Solving Life's Problems

Have you ever faced a situation that seemed too large to solve? I know I have. I’m not pretending to be wise enough for solving life’s problems. Yet, I have maneuvered through my share of trials, learning a few tips along the way. I hope you find this first suggestion helpful. It’s been powerful in my life!

I was still warm in bed when I heard one of my teen children come to the bedroom door and whisper, “Momma, are you awake?”  “Yes, come on in,” I replied. At the end of my bed stood a troubled teen. As a mother of eleven children, this wasn’t the first time a child couldn’t sleep and needed to talk. After listening for quite some time, I finally heard the question I’ve heard before. “I just don’t know where to start. How do I fix this?”

“Start with what you know,” I responded. “So many times we can get caught up in the size or pain of our problem that we fail to see the first step.”

Solving life’s problems means we must start with what we know.

I remember teaching my children algebra. They would often get stuck looking at a new equation, fearing they couldn’t solve the problem. I would always give them the same words, “Start with what you know.” Before you know it, you’ll know the next step or God will provide someone to direct you once you get to that place. We must only be willing to take that first step and do what we know.

So let’s look at a few of life’s problems and see if we can’t find that first step to doing what we know to do.

Relationship related issues- let go of what you can’t change, focus on your personal growth, support others selflessly, etc

Financial related issues- avoiding unnecessary spending, looking for another source of income, tithing, etc.

Weight-related issues- drinking more water, eating nutrient-rich food, exercising, avoiding processed food, etc

As women, wives, and mothers, we need to face our problems the same way. Soon, what we thought was unsolvable will be behind us, resolved, serving as a memory that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Php 4:13). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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