Giving Up or Pressing In – Finding the Strength To Rise Above Adversity

Have you ever been down for the count and didn’t know if you had the strength to get back up?

This past week has been a bit like that for me. There is the house that looks like a category five tornado hit, the pocketbook that looks like it’s trying to keep up with our nation’s deficit, the ‘to do’ list that is so long it might just rival the Constitution, the laundry mountain that claimed our house when our dryer broke down and that is just the surface.

Believe me, that is a whole lot of overwhelming. Still, us moms are used to the constant onslaught of mayhem. But when something more deeply affects us, like our health, our family’s well-being, grief, our past mistakes, or rejection that is on a whole new level of struggle.

The knockout punch doesn’t come alone. Nope. It comes on the tail end of lots of other punches. The little things that build to make that last punch so devastating.

I wish we could just skip the whole round of punches, but life doesn’t discriminate. The Bible says in Matthew, “The rain falls on the just and the unjust.” We all deal with struggles. We all fight discouragement. We all have been on the mat not knowing if we have the strength to get back up.

You do not have the strength to get back up on your own. No, I didn’t just turn out the light at the end of the tunnel. See, we think it is up to us to get back up in our own strength.

Here is the secret: We do not need to have the strength to get back up on our own. It is leaning on our Heavenly Father that gives us the strength to get up after what feels like a knock out blow.

Zephaniah 3:17a (NIV)
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.

Rising above adversity is realizing who will help you get up after the knock out blow and trusting in Him. 

Have you ever been dealt a knock out blow? What did you do to get back on your feet?



About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

6 thoughts on “Giving Up or Pressing In – Finding the Strength To Rise Above Adversity

  1. You are so right, Michelle. We can’t do it alone. But thank God we have One who can help!

  2. Interesting that you write on this topic today. Our pastor spoke on something similar yesterday. What he said that impacted me the most, was the quote ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ I keep thinking that I have to help God fight my battles and then feel overwhelmed because I can’t do it. He doesn’t need me to do anything more than trust (which I struggle with more than anything) and stay out of His way.

  3. I love your thoughts here, Michelle! Trusting in and leaning on the Lord are the only things I can do when I get knocked down. He picks me up, sets me on my feet again, brushes me off, and says, “Get going. I’ll walk beside you.”

    • Michelle Lim says:

      Isn’t great that He brushes us off first. It is a visual image of smoothing away all of the debris left from the knock down. Then He walks with us…thanks for that visual picture.

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