The Most Effective Coping Strategy

Grace and peace be unto you.

Word of Encouragement…

I recall the moment that I accepted Christ as Savior of my life. I was excited and looked forward to a life of happiness and victory over every trial. Why not? The greatest problem solver and source of happiness lives in me.

My dream life was short lived as I eventually learned that problems and hardships are a part of my journey. This insight was not easy for me to accept, in fact, I spent some time pleading the blood of Jesus against life’s challenges and exercising faith to prevent problems from occurring. Nonetheless, life has a way of teaching us the truth and I finally embraced the idea that trials and temptations are a major part of my purpose. Job, a well-known Old Testament figure states that “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). While the apostle Paul says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

We have the hope that our trials will not destroy us, for God will not give us more than we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). Furthermore, after we have suffered a little while, Christ promised to restore, strengthen, and establish us (1 Peter 5:10).

How do we successfully manage life’s struggles? We can use Psalm 121 as our guide.

Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

Heavenly Father, I pray that we will accept our trials as a part of our purpose and depend on your strength and wisdom to use them for your glory, in Jesus’s name, Amen.   

Published by Nadine

I am a disciple of Christ and He is the center of my joy. I was created to accomplish his purpose. I am a writer and author of three books; The 9 Unhealthy Desires of the Mind: How to defeat the enemy and fulfill your purpose, The Heart of God: Follow His Plan Keep Moving Forward: Empowered by God's Love. Grace and peace be unto you.

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