24 September 2012

{Monday Motivation} Dealing with My Life's Puddles

"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that
suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character;
and character, hope." Romans 5:3-5

Who said life is going to be easy?  It took a while before I realized that there is no escaping trials and difficulties in life.  So, every time I pray, I try to refrain from asking God to give me a trial-less life.

Here's what I do when faced with trials and difficulties:

  • I pray for serenity, courage and wisdom.  In my opinion, the trials and difficulties in life are inevitable.  Rather than waste my time whining or waiting for that perfect trouble-free life, I would rather work on strengthening my faith in God and having the right attitude and character.
  • I talk to Don about how I feel.  He is my HR.  Though I often call him kontra, I appreciate his efforts to let me see the other side of the situation.  He tells me outright (aka unedited) if I'm right or why he thinks I am wrong.  I appreciate his feedback (though it hurts sometimes) because I know he wants me to be a better person.
  • I ask for help.  Don hates it when I insist on asking for directions whenever we are lost on our way to our destination.  That is just who I am.  I turn to friends or family members whenever I need advice.  I do the same at work.  I do not hesitate to admit when I am clueless about something or when I do not know what to do.  When Don and I were having problems before, we did not hesitate to talk to a Pastor to seek guidance.  We also met with a couple who we think can help us resolve our issues.  Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.  For me, it shows one's earnest desire to learn, to improve and to make things work.
  • I cry.  Seriously.  I am such a cry baby (I am an embarrassment to be with when watching movies with sad scenes.  My eyes get all puffy from crying.  I'm glad Don doesn't mind.)  I really can't understand why, but it helps off load my burden.  It can be in a different form for other people.  I know a friend who shops to feel a little better.  Some scream, some eat.  It depends.  The important thing is, we release stress by doing something that makes us happy.
Don and I go through a lot of trials as a family lately.  It feels like our worries are becoming a giant Goliath.  I sure hope we are as strong as David to overcome them.  I am just so blessed to have Don.  He may not have the solution to every problem, but his love gives me enough strength to face each day with great hope.

What do you do in times of trials and difficulties?  
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