“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t”
Adversity. It has happened to me and no doubt it will happen to all of us at one time or another.
Today, I would like to share 5 ways that I found helpful when navigating through my own adversity. My hope is that in some way, this may help you too.
Acknowledge what is happening
Many times, we are tempted to ignore the obvious in our lives. It is easier to live in a sort of denial and pretend the situation is not happening. But remember when we do this, we are just prolonging the situation. Find the courage to accept things and take action.
Live in the “NOW”
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34). Bible scripture tells us repeatedly to live in the present moment. You would be surprised to know how many times I pondered the future and created scenarios, many of which never happened by the way. Only to realize I was creating unneeded anguish for myself! Don’t waste your time and energies on replaying future scenarios. Instead, be your own light or the light someone needs TODAY.
Do not let fear control you
Fear is a powerful emotion! But it is just that . . . an emotion! During difficult times in your life, don’t allow your emotions to lead, as they will betray you every time. Instead allow God to be your compass and then do the best you possibly can. And for those moments you start feeling fear creep in, remind yourself of this fact, “FEAR does not come from God!”
There is a purpose for your pain
For many, this may be a hard one to believe. But I can tell you from my personal experience this is TRUE! Our pain DOES have a purpose. And although we might not be able to see it while we are walking through the fire, no doubt in time you WILL discover the purpose. Your pain will mold you into a better person, when you surrender and allow yourself to be transformed.
This too shall pass
Remember that circumstances CAN and DO change, moment by moment. The good times pass, but then again so do the bad times. Believe in your mind and heart that this “thing” you’re having to walk thru, will one day be over. And for the times you might be overwhelmed with it all, repeat these words to yourself, “this too shall pass.”