5 Ways That May Help You Navigate Through Adversity

“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.”

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Tragedy, Once Again . . .

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Once again, we turn our attention to immense tragedy.

We need solutions,

But as a nation and as a people, we are too busy fighting and pointing fingers at one another.

Too busy wanting to be “right” with no one willing to admit they are wrong, and moving past it.

WE NEED SO MUCH, yet like hamsters on a wheel, we continue to go round and round, with no arrival.

And although I don’t proclaim to have all the answers, I do know this. . .

As long as we continue to live divided, we will fall.

In closing, I leave you with this quote to ponder . . .

“In some ways Satan is lazy.  If he can just keep us busy turning on one another, we won’t unite in battle against darkness.”

The Right Time

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When it comes to timing, you’re neither ahead or behind anyone.

Some people graduate college and find their “dream” job by 25, while others may find theirs many years later.

One might feel ready to be married at 28, while another person marries well into their 40’s.

Some might think starting a new family will be best at 30, while another person wants to be done having children by the same age.

Spain is 6 hours ahead of Florida, but that doesn’t make Florida slow.

The point is this. . . you are never early, nor are you ever late.  You are never ahead of anyone else, nor are you behind, either.

Life is a personal journey, a race to be run by YOU.

Run your own race at your pace. Don’t look at others and compare yourself to anyone else. Remember they are on their race, going at the pace that is right for them.  That pace might be behind you or ahead, but it doesn’t matter.

Don’t ask anyone when is the right time for things in your life, for only you know that answer.

Learn to live in your own time zone and allow others to live in theirs.

Life is about waiting for the right moment to act.  Only you will know when that moment has come.

 

“For everything there is a season, and a time

for every purpose under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 

 

 

When It Rains It Pours

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Pouring down rain is what’s been going on around me lately.  I don’t mean it literally of course.  The winters here in Florida are picture perfect.  Cooler breeze blowing all day and the sun peeking out just enough to warm my soul.

But to say this past week has been rough would be an understatement. So, with everything that has taken place, the famous expression, “when it rains, it pours,” came to mind. Not only was I scheduled for a medical procedure and was super busy getting ready for that, but just as I was preparing, I was stopped in my tracks by none other than the flu.  NO joke!

Now I’m aware that perhaps you might be thinking . . . first world problems, and maybe so.  But to give you some background knowledge, this all came on the heels of several other difficult trials we’ve endured the past year and a half.  And so, truthfully, I’m exhausted!

Then last night as I lay in my room, I must admit, feeling sorry for myself, I remembered that God doesn’t promise us a life without trials.  He doesn’t promise an easy life full of skittles and rainbows.  But what God does promise is that even in seasons of disappointments and trials, He is with us.  God walks right alongside us on our individual journey, taking every step with us. And when we surrender, I mean truly surrender, He will guide us through it all.

Today, I want you to remember, as I had to remind myself last night, that whatever unfair circumstance you find yourself in.  Whatever curveball life has thrown you recently, find comfort and encouragement in the knowledge that God has not left you to do it alone. He is one prayer away; all we must do is ask.

 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Not Even Now . . .

In those times when your future seems uncertain.

And when life surprises you with great unknowns.

Not even now are you defeated,

Not even now are you alone.

In those times when victory seems impossible,

And things don’t seem to go your way.

Not even now are you abandoned,

Not even now are you ignored.

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In those times when life seems too hard to bear,

And you feel your world is caving in.

Not even now does God not see me,

Not even now does He not know.

 

 

Build Your House On Solid Ground

 

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The wise man built his house on solid rock.  Then, when the rains came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, it didn’t fall, for it was founded on that rock.

The foolish man built his house on sand.  Then, when the rains came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, it fell; and great was its fall.

Stay in close, daily communication with God. Read scripture, pray, and listen to His voice.

Then, when the rain comes and the winds of your life start to blow, your house will stand.

Build YOUR house on the solid foundation of Christ.

 

 

 

Tomorrow . . .

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If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together

there is always something you must remember

you are BRAVER than you believe

STRONGER than you think

and SMARTER than you think.

But the most important thing

is even if we are apart

I’ll always be with you!

Winnie The Pooh