Dealing with challenges in life is never what we dream of spending our energy on. I find myself thinking, “Really—another obstacle?” I would rather be doing something fun!
Challenges often mean something consistent in our lives is in one way or another changing. And with every shift in our normal comes a new decision to make.
Now, I much prefer the method of “ignore it and it will go away,” but that never really solves anything long-term. This oh-so-tempting method provides momentary relief, but I find that the problem is not truly solved, and eventually, I will have to tend to it.
So, what do we do? I don’t know who said, “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger,” but I have a feeling they were speaking from experience. After a little research, I did find that Kelly Clarkson has catchy and empowering song with that same title!
Do challenges make us stronger, more resilient, or tougher? I don’t know for sure. But when the emotions settle and we set our minds to working through things, there is always some sort of relief on the other side.
I love finding little bits of inspiration and encouragement from observing the people I interact with in my daily life. One recent example is an experience I had at the doctor’s office.
My doctor (the one who told me I was in that age group…yep, that one) is working on unraveling the cause of my anemia. I am a medical mystery. Though this tasks him, he assures me that he will get to the bottom of it. And I have no doubt he will. He rises to the occasion no matter the circumstances!
There are times in our lives when we are too exhausted to take on the task at hand. Too burned-out to problem-solve. But, friends, here is the good news.
Trials produce perseverance. Our inner strength is there, even when we feel it’s not.
Just like a garden, we must be pruned and trimmed in order to grow. And sometimes that pruning isn’t the most pleasant process.
Today you may be facing health issues, family issues, work issues, or any change in your life from what is “the norm.” These challenges take time and calm thinking.
I often joke and say my favorite verse in the Bible is this: “And it came to pass…” Things eventually do pass or resolve. That’s also the good news.
Don’t give up or be so discouraged that you lose your way. Take it one day at a time, committing to prayer and stillness. Share your situation with a friend or family member. It lightens your load and strengthens you!
I am smiling today because of this beautiful reminder in Psalm 121:1–2 (KJV) “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”
This verse came to me while I was sitting on my porch having coffee. How thankful I am for truths such as this—that we always have the very best helper at our side!