sadI’ve been doing a lot of studying lately on Overcoming Adversity. It seems like everywhere you look people are suffering in one way or another. If they seem to be financially secure their family might be suffering or if they seem to have the perfect family and be finally stable they might be having issues with their health or emotional state. We live in a fast paced world and it can be difficult to juggle all the things we are expected to on a daily basis.

Dr. Cindy Trimm states, “Joy doesn’t come from living a problem-free, blissful, uneventful existence. Where there are no obstacles, there are not triumphs, and there is no story to tell.” Everyone has a story to tell, and for the most part everyone’s story needs to be heard. Nobody is immune from difficulty or disaster. We can be assured that although they may not always be predictable as to when they may occur, they undoubtedly will arrive at some time or other.

Trying to run or hide from the inevitable is a total waste of time. It is only when we look adversity dead square in the face that we are able to find the courage to prevail. God allows adversity to come upon us so that we continue to grow and find the ability to dominate it. We must then choose to view problems as opportunities. It’s in times of pain and struggle that we are challenged to rely on God to pull us through.

12 thoughts on “Overcoming Adversity”

  1. Living a gospel centred life does not exclude us from the trial and tribulations however we do receive the tools to help us come through the other end with more wisdom and strength, I have always like the quote ” I never said it would be easy but it will be worthwhile”

    1. Katie,
      So true… and oftentimes I feel that some of the most solid leaders get hit with some real tough stuff. It’s true that whatever is in us will most certainly come out when the pressure is on. That is why I try my best to be grounded in the good stuff. Things seem a little easier when we rest in the fact that “He will never leave us of forsake us.” “Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
      Thank You for Visiting!

  2. Adversities in life are there to help us grow in wisdom and courage. It aims in challenging us to be a better and a stronger person that God wanted us to be. This is His way of molding our faith in Him and that we all need His infinite guidance in our everyday lives. He won’t allow adversities that we are not capable of handling. I have been through many adversities or challenges in life and I always rely on my faith in God to guide me and keep me strong. Thank you, Cary, for inspiring us with this wonderful post on overcoming adversity.

    1. Adel,
      I love your response here. Although adversities are extremely difficult, they most definitely help us become stronger and wiser next time they come around. They help us to become more Christ-like and tolerant of different situations or people. It’s great to know that He will NEVER leave us of forsake us. Keeping our eyes fixed on Him gives us hope in times of adversity.
      Love and Blessings!

  3. I must say I felt a kinship reading your post. I have two girls, one 25 and one 21 months (no joke). I also have a 21 month old grand-baby born two days after my youngest. I got my degree in 2012 at the age of 43. I started college on and off in 1995 but ended up having to quit and go back to work every time I went back to try. I really applaud you with being able to maintain such a positive outlook. It’s not easy! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story! Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Billie,
      I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your story… and the name of your website. Can’t wait to check it out. Sooooo true about having to maintain a positive attitude even when… okay,
      ESPECIALLY when, we don’t feel like it. Congratulations on your baby and grandbaby! Reminds me of Father of the bride 2. 🙂 I’m so glad we found each other. Let’s be
      sure and keep connected. Thanks for Visiting and Please come back often and share my link with your friends. I will do the same. Also let me know if you have other
      social media venues where we can connect. Have a Great Weekend.

  4. Only when faced with adversity do you come to realize just how strong you are.

    The more you overcome the stronger you become and the stronger the faith in God and yourself becomes.

    Personal growth is needed to become the person that God and you yourself wish to be.

    1. Michelle,
      Thanks so much for visiting. There is much truth to becoming stronger each time we overcome adversity.
      It is in these time for sure that we acknowledge how strong we really are and where our strength comes from.

  5. Hi Cary thanks for the wonderful piece of information that you have provided above I really agree with the point which you said people are suffering from one way or other and that’s what I see in the people’s life’s nowadays.

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