Candace Cameron Bure and Bianca Juarez Olthoff are encouraging people to focus on God’s love in their darkest moments.
“When the depression sets in, that’s when you’re disillusioned with God, that’s when you might maybe find yourself in moments of despair,” Olthoff said during an appearance on Bure’s podcast. “What do we do in those moments? First, we hold the tension of ‘This is okay to feel these things.’”
Olthoff explained that, while all things with God are possible, many times we “gloss over the pain [and] the loss in waiting.”
“Sometimes we can hold onto these promises, and we think it’s going to look a certain way,” she went on. “We look at our promises and we think, like, ‘Boom, next week, this is what it’s going to look like,’ and when it doesn’t, we think that we didn’t hear from God.”
In these low moments, Olthoff said it’s important to focus on God and His love.
“I want you to ask the why, but I want you to then turn your focus on the who because if you stay with the why, you’ll get bitter,” she explained. “But if you stay on the who — God, you are good. God, you are for me. God, you’ve not abandoned me and I’m choosing to believe that I will see the goodness of God in the land of the living — that’s how we make it through.”
Olthoff frequently talks about the importance of persevering through hard times.
She described her recent book, “Grit Don’t Quit,” as “a labor of love for anyone who: questions if their effort matters, believes there is greatness to be achieved, feels stuck and wants to move forward, needs practical ways to build grit, [and] knows resilience will lead to success.”
“If our perspective is that God is going to work it out and we have the ability to pivot, and we understand that this is a purpose, that He’s going to work things out for good and He’s going to use me for His glory, and this is not just for me, but this is generations that walk in my wake, that is what makes us gritty,” Olthoff explained during an appearance on the “Jesus Calling” podcast.
Candace Cameron Bure and Bianca Juarez Olthoff discussed grit, personal growth and how developing perseverance takes practice on Bure’s podcast.
Olthoff added that many people aspire to be like their favorite people in the Bible but aren’t willing to go through the hard things that developed their relationships with God.
“You know, I think so many people love the idea of being an overcomer, but we don’t wanna overcome anything,” Olthoff explained. “We love the idea of being a conqueror, but we don’t wanna go to battle.”
“I think about when you ask me who’s my favorite Bible person, and I hesitated because I’m like, ‘Oh, there’s tons of people I would love to be in the Bible,’” she continued.
“How we grow our grit, how we grow resilience is by going through trials,” Olthoff continued. “It’s by going through trials, trauma, tribulation, loss. It’s all the things that we want to avoid. That’s actually the things that transform us. So the thing that we want to avoid is actually the thing that will release us into the person that we know truly is deep within.”