It’s Hard to do the Hard Stuff

Last week God pressed pause yet again on my life as we enjoyed another “blizzard.” Yes, in the south we are not prepared nor equipped so we tuck away for an entire week to weather all of 7 inches of snow. Don’t laugh. It was glorious.


In metaphorical terms, it was also a week of calm before the storm. I’m now out of my comfy cozy place of snuggling with a warm blanket and hot chocolate and deep into the HARD STUFF of editing my book. I call it hard stuff because honestly, I really didn’t want to come out of the comfy cozy and dig deep. Yep…there were tears and a bit of a tantrum on my part. But God is good. God is faithful. And God and I had a hard chat about this hard stuff.

It’s all about the bigger picture. The bigger picture and the Kingdom perspective.

Do you have hard stuff you just don’t want to dig into?

Your hard stuff might be reconciling a relationship because you see the bigger picture and that is LOVE.

Your hard stuff might be saying sorry and you do it because the bigger picture of freedom and forgiveness is better than bitterness.

Your hard stuff might be doing THAT THING you just don’t want to do. That thing might be something heavy God laid on your heart. Something or some task which He equipped only YOU to do. Use your gifts. Use your talents. Use your time and do the HARD STUFF.

I will end with something I posted on Facebook as a reminder to myself and encouragement to others who need to do the hard stuff.

Doing the hard stuff well…is hard… But we must look at the bigger picture––the Kingdom perspective. For, the blood, sweat and tears put in along the way are markers and reminders of what God is doing IN us while we grip HIS hand ever so tight and JUST DO THE HARD STUFF.

I’m off to go and edit this book now. Hang in there…do the HARD STUFF. There are blessings to behold when we step out in obedience to Him.

releasing Fall's a sneak peek

releasing Fall 2014…here’s a sneak peek

Any thoughts? Leave a comment…let’s chat!


It’s Hard to do the Hard Stuff — 22 Comments

  1. Thanks, Sarah! I needed to hear this today. There is something REALLY HARD and REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE that I feel God is calling me to do and I am scared to do it. I need to just get over myself and obey him. LOVE the book cover!!!

  2. Thank you for what you wrote in this post. It’s what I needed. Not that I really wanted to need it, but God has been working on me and is asking me to do some things that I feel is really hard and I’ve been avoiding it for a while. Thank you for being faithful and doing what you are doing.

  3. Off to do the hard stuff. Last night I went to Jesus after I realized I can’t do this by myself. In fact, when I tried..I only made it harder. It really gives a whole new depth to doing all things, especially the hard things, through Christ who strengthens me. Whew! Thanks for the perspective. Thank you for sharing! May God bless each of us for walking in obedience.

  4. I don’t like to leave my comfort zone either. Unfortunately the other day I got a major shove not just out of it but off the cliff. There are times I don’t have the words except for “yeah, it’s hard.” Looking toward the bigger picture is a good way to put it, I am trying to see beyond my now two big hurdles at the moment. It’s not easy, its a roller coaster.

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