Adversity has a way of knocking us off our feet. She stares us in the eye and hits us with her best shot. The curveball she throws is one we never see coming, and when we are hit, it’s a devastating blow. We all know that adversity will come but why are we never prepared?
Truthfully, I don’t think we can ever fully prepare for what’s to come. We can, however, build ourselves up to better handle adversity. Here are a few things I remember while going through tough times:
Know who to connect to when times get tough. One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 5:3-5, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame because the love of Elohim has been poured out into our hearts through the Set-apart Spirit, who has been given to us.” These passages have gotten me through some tremendously tough times, so I cling to these words and hide them in my heart. Through the scriptures, I know that I am blessed and am confident that I will always be okay.
If there is air in our lungs, there will be adversity around the corner. That’s life. I think it’s normal to experience a certain amount of shock and adjustment when trials hit, but then it’s time to get back to work. During tough times, I try to surround myself with all things positive. This shouldn’t be too difficult if you’re already practicing positive living. Fill yourself with affirmations, inspirational music and content, and whatever else you need to bounce back.
Take care of you. In times of adversity, it almost seems natural to crawl into a corner and throw a pity party. Unfortunately, while in a funk it’s easy to become neglectful and adopt bad habits. STOP IT! During times of high stress, your body needs healthy foods and exercise. A good workout can help you sleep better and reduce stress levels. Meditation and visualization practices are good for you as well.
Journal your feelings. Get your thoughts out–don’t drive yourself crazy holding everything in. During adversity, I journal about how I am feeling and immediately feel a sense of relief. It’s a necessary process. Say how you feel–be angry, be sad, be irrational, be hurt! Express yourself and peace of mind will come.
If you are currently facing adversity and having a tough time, I pray you find peace knowing that joy comes in the morning. Be strong and remember the Father gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers, and know that you will make it through.