Resilient - March 2023

Hi Friends! I have not posted in more than a month,

there has been a lot of things going on in life, most of them wonderful and some a little more challenging. I am sure we all feel the same way. This grief journey has its ups and downs, thankfully there have been more ups than downs of late.

The word resilient or resilience has been a key word for me over the last few months, it is my word for 2023.

“To be resilient means to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change” (Resilient, John Eldridge).

One of my textbooks for my master’s program gave this definition, “Resilience is the adaptive capacity to rebound, to demonstrate buoyancy or recuperative power, to continue forward in the face of adversity. The Latin for resilient means to jump back or recoil and refers to both physics and human endeavor. Resilience includes spirit, hardiness, toughness, strength, and resistance. It is a process, an outcome, a defiant state, and something one comes to know is present only after the fact.” (Reviewing Leadership, Ledbetter, Banks & Greenhaigh)

Here are a few conclusions about resilience I have gained from this season:

  1. Satan, our enemy, will use any tool at his disposal to bring us down. Jesus says that Satan “comes to steal, kill and destroy.” He doesn’t take the life of our loved one, but he sure will take the situation and try to turn our hearts away from God.
  2. God has placed this incredible ability to be resilient within each of us, yes you too! It isn’t easy, but we can choose it for our lives, or you can choose to sit right where you are. You can be resilient!
  3. There is nothing wrong with being “here” in our grief and loss, but it is not okay to remain “here.” God isn’t finished with you yet, so keep moving forward, even when you feel like you can’t. Giving up cannot be an option!!!
  4. We all have gone through, are going through, or will go through difficult times that we will need to “recover” from. Be as prepared as you can before the hard time comes, determine in advance to be resilient, to bounce back or recover from the difficulty, whatever it may be.
  5. Refuse to allow the enemy any room in your life, remember, “Greater is He (Jesus) that is in you, than he (Satan) that is in the world.”

We can do this, friends! Encourage one another, pray for one another, and be resilient; God created you that way.

Many blessings!!!

 

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