We all go through hard times. Every single one of us. We all have a day every now and then when we struggle. We have a day when we just can’t seem to get ahead.

And sometimes the hard times last longer than a day–maybe a week or month and some struggle for even longer. It would be nice to be able to say that the road is always sunny and bright.

But that’s just not the case. Sometimes our road is not easy. It is downright hard. And at the time you are traveling your road, you may feel it is impossible.

The road I have traveled has not always been an easy one and the path was often full of stones, but I am still here. I know the only reason I was able to make it this far, is that God was walking the road with me, every step of the way. Amen.

I would not be here without God. He deserves all the praise. He has truly walked every step of my road with me. He’s not only walked with me, He has picked me up each time I’ve fallen.

When I was younger, I didn’t rely on God as much as I do now. And many times, while I was actually going through the hard times, I didn’t realize how God protected me.

But, I can look back now, and see how God kept me safe, how He guided me away from situations that would cause me harm. I may not have realized it at the time, but He was there every step of the way.

Sometimes I hear someone say, “My journey has been harder than most”. I don’t usually respond to those type comments, but no one really knows how hard or difficult another person has it.

Most people don’t show everything that is going on in their lives. I know I don’t. And one person cannot judge another person’s journey. It’s impossible.

I can guarantee you that if you knew everything about a person’s journey, you’d wonder how they ever made it through. Always remember that, just like with us, it was because God was with them.

I thank God I am still here. Still here traveling this road every single day. With God’s help, I get up each time I fall. With God’s help, I learn from my mistakes and with God’s help, I keep moving forward.

Sending you blessings of love, prayer, and gratitude from Sterrett, Alabama!

Charity M. Richey-Bentley

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