Courage In Adversity

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“You must tell yourself; No matter how hard it is, or how hard it get, I’m going to make it.”

-Les Brown

What if everything you are going through is positioning you to get what you asked for? What if the obstacles you are facing were never meant to be stumbling blocks but stepping stones? If you knew what was going to happen next, would your response to your circumstances be different?

You don’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel when you are walking through it, but in your heart you know that there is an end. Adversity has a way of pulling you out of familiarity and comfort and pushing you into the unknown where you are forced to deal with the reality of whats going on inside of you. You come face to face with your reality and get to the place where you need courage in order to move forward despite what you see or how you feel.

Courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. It takes courage to push through difficult seasons of life. You have to get to a place where you know and believe that there is something greater on the other side of the adversity. Everything you go through serves a purpose. You may not always understand the purpose while it’s happening but someday you will. I was listening to a sermon yesterday, by Dr. Dharuis Daniels and he stated that, “Wilderness seasons or seasons of adversity are really seasons of preparation.” Sometimes instead of asking the questions, “Why is this happening to me?”, Try asking , “What is this trying to teach me?” Asking these questions helps you to not walk passively through adversity and positions you to learn, grow and leave out of the adversity stronger and better than ever.

I’ve been sharing my COVID-19 journey through recovery, which I shared about in my last three blogs. I’m currently on day forty four since testing positive after three positive test every fourteen days. This season has probably been one of the hardest but most transformative seasons of my life. It seems like it’s taking forever for this season to end but I’m learning so much from this time. I’ve been asking myself the question, “What is this season trying to teach me?” I’ve been journaling, praying, reading and reflecting so much that I’m starting to understand a little about this season.

Although difficult, I’ve learned how to not taking the blessings of God upon my life lightly. He blessed me so much and I can sometimes forget and start to complain about what I don’t have that I miss what’s right in front of me. It’s been hard being away from my family for so long, but it make me really love and appreciate them in a greater way. The things that I use to get so upset about are so small and I’m learning to see what really matters. I am also learning not to fall so much in love with Gods blessing that I forget about Him in the process. He’s been so good and faithful in my life and I don’t want to ever get to the place where He is not first. My faith in Him has carried me through so many seasons of life where I would have given up but He was with me helping me through.

I’m learning the importance of living my life and not being afraid of what people think and say, because I only get one life and it’s too short to waste. I’ve been dreaming so much and planning for all the things I want to accomplish. I starting to see that it really is possible to accomplish your dreams if you work at it everyday. Take baby steps and stay consistent. I think about when I first started blogging and posting I wasn’t really good but I was determined to get better and grow everyday. I look back at my start and I’ve come so far with building a blog and brand dedicated to encouraging people to continually grow and go after their dreams.

I’m also learning the importance of self care also and continually growing. I’ve been able to rest, and do the little things I enjoy like watch movies, read books, listen to music, paint my nails, skin care routine, etc. It’s been refreshing on the days that I do feel good. With this virus there are days I feel good and energized and then all of a sudden it goes downhill out of nowhere. Nausea, cough, headache comes and you feel like you are back to square one. I wasn’t able to do a lot of those simple things before because being a stay at home mom, I usually always have my kids with me. When I do get to be back with my family I understand the importance of making time too take care of myself. Something that has helped me so much through this time is focusing on my personal growth. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and writing and exploring my creativity. This has helped me to stay positive during this time.

Adversity and you respond to it could be your best teacher. It’s ok to feel sad, be disappointed, angry and frustrated when times are hard, but don’t allow yourself to stay in that place. Move yourself forward and ask yourself, “What is this trying to teach me?” It takes a lot of courage to ask that question and move forward with finding the answers. It might be hard but it’s not impossible. I hope this encourages you. Thanks for reading!

What is something that you are learning in this season of life? I would love to hear your story, and testimony .

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