Challenging Days/ Challenging Times


Hey Everyone,

Wednesday, July 27 was a very challenging day for me.  It went from one extreme to another and back again.   It was a day that reminded me of how weak I really am without His help.  It was a day that could have “dragged” me down, but with His help I was reminded to turn my eyes on Him and to trust in His plans for the future.

It also made me realize why we chose the subject for our September newsletter lesson and why it’s so important (more on that later).

As you know, rforh has been going full-steam ahead for 7 months now.    God has worked in such a mighty way in the ministry.  He’s blessed me, and everyone that’s involved, in ways that were beyond our imaginations.  So why would I have doubt or concerns?  Well, we all know the answer to that, it’s the part of our human nature that we constantly struggle with.

I’d like to share with you what I was feeling and how God used it to teach me a valuable lesson.We have so much going on that it can be overwhelming at times.  Here are just a few of those things:

We have a new book at the publisher, plus two more in the works.
We are in the midst of producing 5 new deBunked videos.
We are planning a major outreach in Grand Rapids, MI, October 14-16.
I leave Saturday for a 17 day straight stretch of speaking engagements.
I was on the road 26 days last month and 24 days this month.

You can see that part of what’s overwhelming is the time management.  God has greatly blessed rforh and the ministry has grown so fast that I’m busier than I ever imagined I would be.  I’m not complaining about my speaking schedule — that’s what is primarily funding the ministry right now.

We’re still waiting for our 501c3 (getting it won’t be a problem, but for me the waiting is), so at this point we only have five monthly supporters, and they’re all family, plus my home church Big Bone Baptist (Yes, Big Bone Baptist is the name!) and a Sunday school class.

Again, please don’t think I’m complaining, it’s just what’s going on.  As a consequence, I was feeling very overwhelmed.

Back to Wednesday… I just happened to be in the Apple store getting some training and as I sat there I just felt drained!  I felt overwhelmed and with that came feelings of concern and, dare I say, worry.

I walked out and got in my car and started to drive home feeling discouraged and starting to get angry with myself for feeling so.  Seriously, in January rforh only had three speaking events for the rest of 2011! Wow! Did that change.  God has been so good to us.  The fact that  the ministry is growing and we are expanding our outreach so rapidly is a total blessing.

I’m constantly preaching in my messages that God allows us to go through challenges so that we can learn from them and be a blessing to others. (Romans 5:3,4, scripture below) So, the fact that I was discouraged only made me more discouraged because I know I shouldn’t feel like that.

As I drove, I turned on the radio and  heard these lyrics:

You must think, You must think I’m strong
To give me what I’m going through

Well, forgive me, Forgive me if I’m wrong
But this looks like more than I can do, On my own

I know I’m not strong enough to be everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up, I’m not strong enough

Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be, Strong enough, Strong enough
For the both of us

Well, maybe, Maybe that’s the point
To reach the point of giving up

Cause when I’m finally, Finally at rock bottom
Well, that’s when I start looking up, And reaching out

I know I’m not strong enough to be, Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up, I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be, Strong enough, Strong enough

Cause I’m broken, Down to nothing
But I’m still holding on to the one thing
You are God, and You are strong, When I am weak

I can do all things, Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don’t have to be, Strong enough, Strong enough

Wow!  What a slap upside the head!  God’s Word spoke to me through this song.

“You are God, and You are strong, When I am weak”

That’s 2 Cor 12:9, when Jesus said unto Paul: My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  How many times have I preached that!!

That’s also the old song… Jesus Loves Me that we teach our children.

“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.  Little ones to Him belong, they are weak and He is strong.”

I have to remember that no matter how old I get, I will always be His child….His little one.  And I can always trust in His promise that although I am weak, He is strong.

When discouragement set in, why did I not remember that?  I know I must always keep my eyes on Christ and turn to Him in all things.

I thank God that I left the store when I did, and that I turned on the radio, and that I heard those words.  I’m going to REMEMBER them.  I’m going to REMEMBER His promises.

REMEMBER…..

We’ve already planned to do a year-long focus on REMEMBER starting in September through our newsletters.  And this was a perfect reminder that while sharing it with you, I really need it myself.

We’ll be sending a hard copy of our first REMEMBER lesson in September.  If you’d like to receive the lesson via US mail, email us at REMEMBER@rforh.com.

We will also be sending this letter that you just read as our second hard copy letter very shortly.  We’ve made the decision to start sending a monthly physical letter.  Pray for us on this.  That is going to drive our costs up, but we’ve got to stay in touch with folks and there are still a LOT of folks that don’t use the web.

Thanks and Stay Bold!

May the God of hope* fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

Carl D. Kerby | President + Founder
Reasons for Hope*
CarlKerby@rforh.com P 859-817-0359

www.rforh.com                                                                                                             *Jesus 

Rom 5:3  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Rom 5:4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

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