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Engage: occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention); establish a meaningful contact or connection with

When you face troubles and hard times, how do you react?

Everyone reacts differently — some people panic, some people get stuck in denial, some people jump straight to negativity, and others simply begin to figure out how to solve it. 

But the one thing we should have in common as born again children of God is to engage with God during these hard moments.

To engage with God us to involve Him in our lives, in our problems, and to establish a meaningful connection with Him.

However, oh so often, believers instead disengage during crises.

If we’re honest, when trouble arises, we find ourselves becoming preoccupied with reacting to the situation.

And in these moments where we should be drawing closer to God, we withdraw from Him.

Maybe you blame God for the situation.

Maybe you’re angry He didn’t stop it.

Or maybe in all the stress you just forgot to engage with Him.

But according to the Word, every good and perfect gift comes from above. God does not do anything to harm us. Bad situations are not orchestrated by God.

That’s something to remember.

When bad situations and hard times come, we should seek God. Lay everything at His feet. Ask for peace, understanding, and wisdom. 

We should be actively engaging with Him, not disengaging.

So the next time troubles come, remember to seek God and allow Him to lead the way, trusting that He’s got this. It’s going to be okay.

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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