Hi, I’m Alison! Welcome to Embrace the Struggle, a place where we share life’s challenges prayerfully, joyfully, and fiercely!
The name “Embrace the Struggle” sprang from the chorus of an El DeBarge song called “Joyful.” I just love the part that goes: ”I’ve learned to embrace the struggle whether I lose or I win!” It’s a 21st-century rendition of Philippians 4: 11-13:
“I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. … Everywhere and in all things, I have learned to both be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
So many of us have gone through (and are going through) challenges in our daily lives that seem intent on defeating us. With God, we can face those challenges, go through them empowered spiritually, and come out on the other side much stronger and able to encourage others to do likewise.
My sincere prayer is that this blog will remind us all that we can truly embrace our struggles–whether the quirky, funny stuff or the bigger issues that seem overwhelming–and not shrink away from them, knowing that as we fight these battles, we are not alone. We have a mighty resource in prayer, in each other, and in God.
Pray. Wage war. Pray again!