Adversity

“In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”

Ecclesiastes 7:14

Adversity: a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.

As a Christian, adversity is a pretty familiar word to me. Life is hard and has many curves, and at times it’s so easy to just give up or give in.

That’s the point where you learn to take a stand and face adversity straight up. In order to do this, here are some things to help:

1. Maintain a good attitude:

When trouble arises, it’s so easy to give in. It can take over our physical, emotional, and spiritual strength. Rely on God and resist the temptation to give into trials so that you can overcome all obstacles. This will give the best positive outcome.

2. Trust God:

Often when we face adversity, our self esteem can take a major hit. Remember that with God ALL things are possible, and nothing you face is greater than him. Adversity is an experience – not your identity. Don’t let it define you.

3. Rely on your support system:

Everyone gets down at times, but that’s where your support system comes in to cheer you on! Never be afraid to ask for help or prayer. You can’t always rely on your own strength, but good thing we have an Almighty God that can carry all of our weight.

4. Don’t criticize yourself:

You aren’t perfect!! Don’t allow mistakes to set you back. Learn from them and push forward.

5. Don’t neglect self care:

Your spiritual, mental, and physical health are very important. Stay focused on God and spend quality time with him, for your strength comes from him and not your own doing.

Today, I challenge you to face whatever adversity comes your way. Rely on God and trust him to help you get through whatever it is. Remember, and never forget, that you’re loved, and God is never far.

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