When Things Fall Apart

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” ~ Helen Keller

Have you ever had a day when one thing went terribly wrong and you began to feel like everything was falling apart in your life? I have. I don’t like days like that at all. In fact, I have had to come up with a strategy to handle days when something goes terribly wrong.

Here is my strategy. I put on my favorite praise and worship music and say to myself:

1. God knows my past, my present, and my future. Nothing that happens in my life is a surprise to God.

2. God is with me when everything is going well and when things are falling apart.

3. I am the one who has labeled my life as falling apart because (fill in the blank) event(s) happened today.

4. I choose to believe that God is bringing something good out of the difficulty I am experiencing now.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28 NLT)

Oftentimes, once is not enough and I have to put myself in my “Faith Zone”
until I can begin to agree with these four statements. Over time, I have found that this strategy allows me to continue my day with a peace and a confidence that everything is going to work out for my good, no matter how bad things look.


I took my troubles to the lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer. (Psalms 120:1 NLT)

(I photographed the yellow orchids at Flamingo Gardens, Davie, Florida in March 2014.)

About Linda Freeman

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Linda Pulley Freeman combines her specialized training in environmental and chemical engineering with her deep ministerial commitment as she serves mission fields at home and abroad.

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