10 Truths from Isaiah for Difficult Days

10 Truths from Isaiah for Difficult Days is a guest post written by Joby Saliceti

Our homeschool day began with so much promise.

The weather forecast pledged sunshine and warmth, perfect for outdoor adventures. 

The assignments seemed doable – nothing too challenging in math, English or history.

My two daughters seemed to get a good nights’ sleep – another indicator for smooth sailing.

We were planning to meet friends at the park after completing our schoolwork, something I was sure we would zip through.

Already my happy heart was set on having a cheerful day.

But then our homeschool day started. And boy, did it veer off track quickly.

Here’s The Thing…

Math is not my 4th-grader’s favorite subject. By this, I mean she absolutely hates it. She groans. She cries. She quickly loses hope.

I try to sandwich this tough subject between two easier courses early in the day when her energy is fresh. That usually helps shield her – us both, really – from mighty meltdowns. But sometimes, even the best laid plans go haywire.

This day her discouragement quickly turned to mental defeat. Fractions had gotten the best of her. That led to tears, which led to a bad attitude. Which propelled Mom to lose it.

Ugh. So much for our happy day.

Homeschooling can be so hard. The kids cry. Mom screams. Then we all feel like the day is ruined and we’ve failed. Sometimes this can all happen before 8:00 am!

The Picture Perfect Life…

Whether or not you homeschool, we all have dreams and plans for how our days should unfold:  Work should be effortless with no troublesome coworkers or clients. Trips to the store should be devoid of traffic and rude shoppers. Our relationships and health should all remain intact.

Unfortunately, this isn’t reality. Often, life just doesn’t lead where we think it will.

But take heart, Mama. God appointed you for such a time as this. Right now. Today.

When we struggle to adjust to the realities of life and hold out our plans to our Creator, we might wonder if we are enough. Can we really fulfill this calling?

That’s where God’s Word comes in. Thankfully, He has several truths to share with us from the book of Isaiah.

10 Truths from Isaiah for Difficult Days

1.) God chose you.

You are who He handpicked to be your kids’ mom.

“I have chosen you and not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.”

Is 41:9, NIV

2.) He will give you strength.

You don’t have to rely on your own limited supply.

“I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Is 41:10, NIV

3.) God will help you.

You don’t have to have it all figured out for yourself.

“For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’”

Is 41:13, NIV

4.) God called you directly.

You were made for this moment.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name”

Is 43:1, NIV

5.) You belong to Him.

Just as we take care of our own children, so He will take care of you.

“You are mine.”

Is 43:1, NIV

6.) He will be with you.

Struggles will come, but you won’t face them alone.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

Is 43:2-3, NIV

7.) He made you.

He knows you intimately, including your shortcomings.

“Remember these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I have made you, you are my servant.”

Is 44:21, NIV

8.) He is not too busy to be with you during your day.

You are important to Him.

“O Israel, I will not forget you.”

Is 44:21, NIV

9.)He has forgiven us and forgotten our sins.

We don’t have to move through our day in shame.

“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.”

Is 44:22, NIV

10.) He makes us new.

And today is a new opportunity. 

“Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

Is 44:22, NIV

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On Difficult Days, Remember This

God wants to remind us that He is with us in this journey. Look closely, and you will see many signs of Him whispering this to your soul throughout the day. He will help us when we mess up (which will happen). Thankfully, He gave us forgiveness through Jesus, so we need to forgive ourselves and move on to what He is calling us to do. We are here to carry out His plan, not our own flawed expectations. 

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Is 43:18-19, NIV

We must remember – our kids are ours because the Lord gave them to us. We are on this path because that is where He is leading. There are blessings ahead when we point them to Him.

“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring and my blessing on your descendants.”

Is 44:3, NIV

So go shake off whatever has waylaid you today. Those bad attitudes? Correct them and let them go. Those interruptions that threaten to wreck your schedule? Step around them and keep moving forward. The feeling that you can’t do this today? Reread the list above and remind yourself that you can because God is with you. He has called you to such a time as this.

Join the Conversation

What struggles do you need to let go of today? Share your favorite verse or promise from God’s Word that helps you through tough days in the comments below.

Meet the Author

Joby Saliceti

Joby spent 10 years in the field of journalism, both as a writer and as an editor. She was employed by small hometown papers as well as major metro publications. She garnered many awards for her work, several from the Virginia Press Association and Virginia Press Women. Afterword, she moved onto a sales career in real estate where she has the privilege of watching God at work in individual’s buying and selling experiences. Now a homeschool mom, she writes to encourage others in their pursuit of Jesus. Her writing has been published on the Proverbs 31 Ministries website. A devotional of hers will appear in the upcoming book Renew Your Mind Devotion, which will be released in February 2024.

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