The Best Thing to Do When Life Is Difficult

October 5, 2017

Life is challenging, unpredictable and quite honestly painful at times. When life is difficult, we need to know what is the best thing to do.

Do you ever find yourself squeezing your eyes shut wondering if they might just pop out? Or clenching your hands so tight it leaves indentations on your palms? All the while – wishing, wishing, wishing – things were another way? When life is difficult, we need to know what is the best thing to do.

Life is challenging, unpredictable and quite honestly painful at times.

Knowing what we will do first when the pain feels like it will devour us whole, is imperative to persevering well through life’s trials. Will we pull up our bootstraps and get moving, turn to friends, seek wise counsel, or draw up the covers over our heads?

The best time to learn what to do is not when you find yourself in a hard place.

Do we even know what the first step should be? It is evident to many, but sometimes it is the last thing we do.

For many of us, the most painful circumstances will involve our children. We can become unglued trying to fight for justice, take away their pain, or somehow make life go back to what we had expected or planned.  Maybe it has to do with relinquishing a dream you had for them, their care, sending one away to college or moving out of state. We all have our stories of letting go.

For me, I found myself desperately splashing about trying to protect my child from the storm of mental illness. The water rushed at me while I tried to keep her afloat and save myself too.

Like many other mom warriors when my child is hurting I jump in with both feet, searching, seeking, and planning for the best possible outcome. Willingness ignites inside me to do anything in the world to help this child of mine. After all, she did nothing to ask for this illness or nor does she deserve it.

Of course, this is noble to want and be willing to help.

However, when we fight to the point of exhaustion and become overwhelmed one must ask,

“Have we skipped an important step?”
“Are we clinging to control?”
“Whose strength am I acting on?”
“Have I put my trust in God?”
“Am I letting God be GOD?”

The Moses Basket

“Have I put my child in the Moses basket?”

Do you remember what a brave momma did many years ago?  She sent her baby floating down the river in a Moses basket.  Could you imagine doing the unthinkable and setting your baby in a basket to float down the river? What was Jochebed thinking?

Moses mother, Jochebed, carefully placed her child in a basket and had her daughter, Miriam watch him float down the Nile River in hopes of a better life. She released him. She let God be God and trusted him.

It took tremendous courage, strength, and wisdom to release her precious baby.

But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.  Exodus 2:3

Read the entire story here.

I have a special friend I turn to frequently in times when I need prayer. She lights the cutest prayer candle and prays for me. But it is her words that propel me right to where I need to go. She ever so sweetly says,

“Maree put her in the Moses basket.”

Letting Go

As we learned in, “Is there More to Being Still?” – letting go is part of being still. Click here if you missed the post. We must give everything to GOD; we are not in control.

It is so easy to become consumed with searching for what is best that we forget to do what is best.

Put your worries, person, circumstances, whatever it is in the Moses basket and let God have it. Watch it go down the river. Have faith God is in control.

When you put your trust in God, you will find a peace that makes no sense.

When we trust God, unexpected opportunities may come our way. Remember Moses’ mother not only saved his life but also was able to care for him as a baby and teach him about God.

I don’t know where you are in your journey, but if you are in the middle of unexpected circumstances and are overwhelmed, I would love to pray for you. Please send me a note in the comments or via the contact page.

If you are anything like me, I tend to put things in the Moses basket and snatch it back just as fast. Don’t worry repeating this action over and over again is okay.  With faith, God in control, and your willingness – I have no doubt you will persevere well.

Remember to live moment to moment not looking too far ahead and put your stuff in the Moses basket.

If you are not in the middle of trying circumstances – count your blessings and start practicing putting everything in God’s hands. He wants it all.

When we look at our circumstances, it may seem impossible, but with God, the unthinkable can happen. His strength, power, and love can do a lot more than we ever can accomplish on our own.

So when life is difficult, do the best thing and give it to GOD.

What do you need to place in the Moses basket right now?

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    We hear people say to “let go and let God.” Sounds good, but oh, so difficult to truly let go. Thank you for encouraging us to put more trust in God.

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      Maree Dee

      I agree it is so hard to let go.I think if God hadn’t taken me to places where I knew I couldn’t hold on alone I would still be clinging to control. It is such a lifetime struggle to let go and let God but so worth it. Thank you for stopping by and adding to the conversation. Maree

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    Julie Filter (Julie Ann Filter)

    Love, love, love this. At this point we must have my husband’s employment over to our Abba and place it into the Moses basket. We are in the midst of a transition out of the military and into civilian workforce, and it is no easy journey. However, we are confident that the Lord led us out of the military and confident of the direction we are heading, so now we are simply waiting for the pieces to come together and the final destination to be revealed. One step at a time….

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      Maree Dee

      Julie, Wow, you have lots to put in the Moses Basket. I love your confidence in God. Praying as I send this for your patience as you wait for God to reveal his plan. Yes, so true, one step at a time. Blessings, Maree

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    So beautifully written and full of truth. I’ve tried to write the same kinds of things, but I think you said it better. Blessings to you!

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      Maree Dee

      I doubt I said it better, my guess is you just said your way.Thank you for stopping by to read and comment. Blessings, Maree

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    Sheryl - Live Life Treasured Everyday

    The last year has been rough. I’m visual and God usually gives me good nuggets with a visual…putting things in a Moses basket is just that…a great visual.

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      Maree Dee

      I am so sorry this last year has been rough. Not fun! Praying right now for you. I too love visuals. Please do share any of your nuggets with us.
      Hoping the remainder of your year is looking up,

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    Lois Flowers

    This is such a great word picture, Maree. I love your point about the unexpected opportunities that may come our way when we let go of our expectations and trust God to handle things. I know it doesn’t always work out that way, but when it does, it’s such a blessing! 🙂

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      Maree Dee

      Yes, it is so beautiful when things work out better than we could have ever imagined.

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    Put it in the Moses basket. I love that!

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      Maree Dee

      Sarah – It works, right!
      Hope you are having a great day,

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    Donna Reidland

    I love the analogy of the Moses basket. I’ll be using that one. Thanks for sharing such a powerful illustration. Have a great week.

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      Maree Dee

      It is a good one, isn’t it? I am so glad I was pointed that way early in my journey. I use it all of the time. I hope you have a fantastic week too. Blessings, Maree

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    Lisa notes...

    I love this advice and this visual! “Have I put my child in the Moses basket?” This can be applied to so many areas of our lives. Turning over control is never easy, but it’s what we often need to do. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Maree Dee

      Lisa – I agree it works with everything. I too like the visual. Maree

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    Emily J. M.

    “The best time to learn what to do is not when you find yourself in a hard place.”- I’m so guilty of not doing this! I often think: oh, I’ll read that book about that issue once I’m dealing with that issue… or ‘Oh this Psalm would be helpful next time I’m exhausted, I’ll read it then” – but of course, I never do.

    This was a really encouraging post – thank you! I appreciated that you said we might have to put our stuff in the Moses basket multiple times, I have a quote I like which is something similar: “Living sacrifices often crawl off the alter, so we may need to offer ourselves and our dreams as sacrifices multiple times” – but with Jesus we can, as you said “persevere well”. 🙂

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      Maree Dee

      I love the quote you left. I hope everyone reads it. Yes, I think we are all guilty of putting things off until we are desperate.

      I find when walking through tough stuff, I do pretty well because I am so grounded in what I need to be doing. I don’t skip the things I know are good for me. Sleep, Excercise, Time with God, Time with Friends. It is when things are going pretty good I find myself slacking and becoming overwhelmed because I skill all of those things.
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving such valuable words,

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    Michele Morin

    What a gorgeous image the “Moses basket” is — and how comforting for my heart today!

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      Maree Dee

      I am so glad it comforted your heart today. I like the visual too. I was just thinking I would love to have a picture hanging in my home of a Moses Basket to remind me to release more often.
      Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    Such a beautiful reminder! Our children are gifted to us from God to raise and teach up to love Him so that we can give them back! Sometimes this is so hard to do and remember. I know my heart overflows for my children but that still pales in comparison to the depth of God’s love for them.

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      Maree Dee

      Melissa, I love what you said, “still pales in comparison to the depth of God’s love for them.” So true God love is more than we can imagine. Thank you for stopping by. Maree

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    Thanks so much for that reminder, Maree! It also occurs to me that when we let go and let God, He often provides more than we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20!!)

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      Maree Dee

      So true. He often does provide more than we can imagine. Glad to see your name pop up in the comments. Hope all is well.

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    Kalyani Nagarajan

    Beautifully said ….Maree!!
    I needed so badly to read your post that came at the right time.
    Your words spoke directly to my heart and they are so very true.
    I have a friend who is going through cancer. A tumor was discovered that turned to be cancerous. Radiation treatments and injections left her so sick with agonizing pain. She lost so much weight. I hurt when she is hurting.
    I just want her life to go back to normal. She is a RN nurse with a doctorate degree and is still going to work while she is having these cancer treatments. She loves her job where she works at the Independent Living facility to care for her patients. Just 2 days ago she was so happy that the closing came through on her new house.
    Her treatments started in June or July, and during that time she met with her decorators, builders, and her real estate agent to build her very new home. She also worked full time and still going through cancer treatments at the same time. God gave her supernatural strength to accomplished all these victories. I pray she will get to enjoy her new home that she worked so hard for and live fully.
    I need to let go and give this sweet friend over to God.

    was so happy

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      Maree Dee

      Kalyani, I am so glad my post came at the right time for you. I am so sorry to hear about your friend going through cancer. I am praying right now for her and you. I can tell she is blessed to have you as a friend, but even still we do need to give them over to God. I could tell you story after story about how I have struggled with releasing people to God. It is hard especially when its someone we care so much about.
      Thank you for stopping by,


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    Leslie Newman

    Oh my goodness, Maree! Your words today are so powerful and really touch my heart. I will be back here tonight to take a slower read so I can absorb every single concept here. This touches me. We so need the Moses basket. Thank you!

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      Maree Dee

      Thank you! Your words made my day.

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    This really touched my heart , to put my son in a Moses basket is what I have been working towards and this is a perfect image for me to keep in mind as he prepares to go to a situation which will,help teach him skills, and job skills and living with his mental illness. I will put him in a Moses basket and pray over that basket – thank you so much

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      Maree Dee

      I keep this image with me all of the time. I even said it aloud. I am putting ______________ in the Moses Basket. Yes, so true we do need to pray over that basket.Thank you for stopping by. Maree

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      Maree Dee

      Praying right now for your sone as he learns new skills and how to live with his illness. Praying for success in all areas and that he will feel empowered.

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