Some of our greatest moments are evidenced during our most difficult times of stress! We become so aware of what is going on that we instinctively begin to deal with it all at once. What incredible strength becomes evidenced as it is occurring. It is truly this flight or fight instinct that occurs. We know that we must do something and so we do. Let’s take a moment to discuss more regarding dealing with severe times of testing.
How many of us can admit we have had to face some very trying times in our lives? It was in those moments that the real ‘us’ shown. You have to be honest about how you feel in these most difficult times. You must let out what you feel deep down on the inside. It is important that you turn to God and be real with Him in prayer; allowing Him to bring peace and encouragement to your heart. It may be difficult to share with others. It would be beneficial to have someone you can be completely authentic with.
If you are the one who was confided in then stay true in the area of trust. Remember it is absolutely easier said than done, when one has to deal with a very stressful occurrence. It can appear that if one were in the same situation there is this assumption that they would do things so differently. It is as if one believes they could perhaps respond better than what they see someone doing when facing the situation. However, we honestly do not know how we would respond under the same severe circumstances.
When someone is not prepared to face what they now are dealing with; it is vital to be an encourager and a true support to that individual. Rather than stating or giving a sense of what you would do if… We all have been guilty of doing this to someone whether we would want to admit it or not. That is not what we need to focus on. It would be of utmost relevance to be present and helpful where and when you can.
Too many want to make several suggestions on things they honestly do not know everything about. Many believe they need to share their advice even when it is not asked for. To be a true encouragement, you must recognize where you may fit in regarding the situation. Stress can cause the one who is impacted to not be aware of who sincerely is there for them immediately. If you remain there/present with the person through it all, that is where you are saying loud and clear that you are ‘there for them.’
Dealing with severe stressful instances can cause great impact to our life. We are sure to have to deal with unforeseen circumstances that can be beyond our control. The most important part is to run to God, hold on to His promises and take one moment at a time. Before you know it, you will see that you have moved past what you have had to face and now are learning to deal with life differently.
Please let me hear how you have dealt with severe times of testing. You can be a great encouragement to others with your stories.
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