What to do when times are hard
1) Stand on God's promises.
Search the Bible for His promises related to your situation. Buy or search online for a book/list of God's promises. They categorize His promises under the problems that we face everyday. Claim those promises that speak to you and what you are going through, then speak those promises out loud in the morning and before you go to bed at night.
2) Pray and make your request known to God.
Take those promises you found in the Bible and claim them in your prayers. "Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you." Mark 11:24. Make your requests known to God, but then be still and listen for what God wants to tell you. Prayer and communication is not a one-way street. He wants to have communion (an exchange of intimate thoughts and feelings) with you. He wants to uplift you and encourage you. Don't miss out on this part of prayer!
3) Strengthen your faith with praise.
Praise God and dwell on His wondrous works. "Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all you diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle." Psalms 103:1-5. "Sing to God, sing praises to him; dwell on all his wondrous works!" 1 Chronicles 16:9. "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus". 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18. Rejoice, Pray, and Give thanks!
4) Put your faith into action!
"faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."(James 2:17) Take small steps and continue until you see it through. "We walk by faith, not by sight."(2 Cor 5:7), so stand on God's promises and do not "lean on your own understanding". Proverbs 3:5.
Don't be depressed or fearful. Take your negative thoughts into captivity. Stand strong in your faith even when your thoughts or circumstances are coming against His truth. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1.
5) Believe in Miracles.
Don't bind God's miracles with your doubts and unbelief. Don't you think Noah had some doubts about building the ark. Don't you think he heard the people putting him down and mocking him for building a boat when no one had ever seen rain before.
But Noah did not let doubts or criticisms stop him from following what God told him to do, or claiming the promises given to him by God. "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." Hebrews 11:6. God wants to bless us. We need to believe in God's love for us and that he wants to reward us!
Habakkuk 2:4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.”
Matthew 9:22 “Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.”
Matthew 15:28 “Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.”
Matthew 17:20 “He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 21:22 “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Acts 15:9 “and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.”
Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
Romans 12:6 “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;”
1 Corinthians 15:14 “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Galatians 2:16 “yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”
Galatians 3:9 “So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”
Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”
Ephesians 6:16 “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;”
Timothy 6:11 “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”
Hebrews 11:3 “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
James 2:17 “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
James 5:15 “And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
James 1:6 “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”