Recovering From Adversity

Helen ThomasStarred Page By Helen Thomas, 22nd Jan 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In every life adversity is encountered at some point in time. It is important
to have a high tolerance for ambiguity or lack of clarity. Sometimes we follow instructions that we thought were given but learn much later ~ after the adversity ~ that the exact opposite was true.


To get back or regain

Great affliction, hardship, or misfortune

Seek The Lord For Direction

In Our Creator's Wonderful Book of Teaching on Life and Love ~ we find the following in the Gospel of Matthew ~ Chapter 6 ~ Verse 33:

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness . . .

Then In the Old Testament Book of Isaiah ~ Chapter Fifty Five ~ Verses Six and Seven there is this:

"Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.
Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him ~ and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon."

Then in an excerpt from Amos 5:14-15, we find the following:
Seek good and not evil ~ that you may live ~ so the Lord God of hosts will be with you.

Hate evil ~ love good ~ establish justice. . .

Develop A High Tolerance For Dealing With Lack Of Clarity

Be a good listener and make the most of every opportunity to remain resilient ~ to bounce back from setbacks

When receiving ambiguous instructions or guidelines, try not to become your own worst enemy. Better to ask questions on the front end than to be sad and complain later.

Keep a well ordered sense of priorities.

Expect the best ~ but be prepared mentally for the worst.

Be Proactive In Developing Solutions To Problems

Plan ahead. When possible, take some time to get away and think things through. Avoid acting impulsively.

The stimulating force of desire or emotions may cause you to be
your own worst enemy.

Let the past go. Press forward.

Utilize readily available information to develop strategies.

Never give up.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
23rd Jan 2016 (#)

Thanks for your moderation and the star merit ~ Sam. Richest Blessings to you.

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author avatar Mariah
23rd Jan 2016 (#)

Adversity is painful and unwelcome and as you say Helen it's so important to keep a sense of perspection and act accordingly, turning to God for comfort and guidance is a big part of healing.
Uplifting and meaninful post,
Thank you for sharing Helen and God Bless x

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author avatar Helen Thomas
23rd Jan 2016 (#)

Thanks ~ Mariah. I so appreciate your commenting. Turning to God for comfort and guidance is ~ I believe ~ the key element in readily recovering from adversity.

Richest Blessings to you Mariah.

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author avatar vellur
24th Jan 2016 (#)

Inspirational and uplifting. When we turn to the Lord we can be sure we are on the right track.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
26th Jan 2016 (#)

So true ~ Vellur. Thanks for your comments. I love how the Lord encourages us in Matthew 11:28 and 29:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Blessings to you.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
24th Jan 2016 (#)

I say amen to the above comments Helen .
We all face adversity throughout our lives , but with the Lord's help we come through such times more often stronger... and wiser .
God bless you dear friend and sister in Christ .
Stella ><

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author avatar Helen Thomas
26th Jan 2016 (#)

Thanks ~ Stella ~ for your continued encouraging comments and support. Sometimes without realizing it, we tend to allow one negative outcome to define us.

How great and wonderful is this promise of the Lord:

He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Richest Blessings to you ~ Stella.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
26th Jan 2016 (#)

adversity teaches us to be strong...lessons we need to learn on our journey back into the Heart of God...

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author avatar Helen Thomas
26th Jan 2016 (#)

So true ~ Carolina. Thanks for your comments.

Fortunately or unfortunately ~ as the case may be, life is not always fair. But God is Faithful.


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author avatar spirited
26th Jan 2016 (#)

That’s great advice on seeking God for his direction Helen.

I have always thought to myself about what does seeking actually God mean though?

To me anyway, seeking is another name for loving.

When we seek these things, we perhaps do so because we feel the love there that we are seeking, knowing inwardly that here is where we will surely find it if we seek earnestly here for it.

This is also why when we seek God, all else is then added back to our life, because in seeking God, we create an opened channel in ourselves for his love to travel to, and to work with us in our life.

“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”

Albert Camus, (1913 to 1960) the Nobel prize winning Algerian born writer once said.

This might be true of some things, but to my mind it certainly is desirable for us to seek God, and to find his truth then too.

I guess he means here that the truth, if we find it, seems sometimes not to be so desirable initially, but in the end we will know that it is both desirable, and the best thing we could have done, to seek the truth, that is, above our own desires.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
27th Jan 2016 (#)

Thanks ~ Spirited ~ for your generous comments. Much appreciated.

When I quoted Matthew 6:33 in the article: "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" ~ I believe we were being instructed in that passage ~ not to seek the things ~ but to seek God. We are told there that the things would be added.

When I see or use the word 'seek', what comes to my mind is from Webster's Dictionary as the simple definition:

to search for someone or something

to try to find someone or something

to ask for help or advice, or
to try to get or achieve something.

As you so aptly put it "the best thing we could have done, to seek the truth, that is, above our own desires." Yes ~ Amen.

Blessings to you.


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author avatar spirited
27th Jan 2016 (#)

thanks Helen, blessings to you also.

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author avatar Carol
9th Apr 2016 (#)

Great inspiring work Helen, well done.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
12th Apr 2016 (#)

Thanks for your kind and encouraging comment ~ Carol ~ to which I say ~ to God be the glory.


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