Overcoming Adversity


listen to the crickets chirp.

I see lights flicker after bedtime.

I smell the perennial garden on the kitchen table. It winks at me, but I don’t smile.

Instead, I slide the steam mop across the floor one more time. It makes a girl feel useful.

I wonder if the simple things will delay the tears? Could the sting of persecution be suspended until daylight?

The unforgiving hands twist around the clock and I know. It’s time. It’s time to stop and pray, but the hurt gets in the way.

I normally don’t ask people to pray for me – it makes me feel weak. But I do it anyway. With the click of a keyboard, a desperate cry launches into cyber-something.

The kids jump into bed yet they sense my frantic. I’m frantic for a verse – Scripture that can slap healing salve over this open wound. Maybe words of encouragement – how Paul endured when he was persecuted.

Then I hear it. The phone chirps like crickets after sunset. Suddenly, my prayer partner is on the other end, only the call is to pray with me not simply for me. The oxygen words of encouragement hum into my ear from across town. “God’s got your back, He is present with you, He is fighting for you, He’ll never leave you,” he says.

Suddenly, the flood of emotion stops like a dam holding back rushing water.


The exchange feels so biblical.

It reminds me of the early church in Acts. The Bible says believers endured harsh realities of the time. They were heavily persecuted for spreading the Gospel. So for them, church wasn’t a place to hear great worship music. It wasn’t a place to show off their Sunday best. It was the place they received a breath of life — encouragement to keep going when they felt like giving up — encouragement to keep the fire of faith burning when the coals wanted to grow cold.

God has my attention now, not the pain.

I feel a little like Joshua probably did when God said, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face,” (Joshua 7:10)? This crisis isn’t the end of you. It’s the beginning of my power—a power that will blow your socks off, if you’ll let me show you.

So my sweet sisters (and brothers) in Christ, if we treat adversity as an opportunity to trust God more, to dig our heels deeper into the foundation, we will experience the glory and the goodness of God shining in and through us like never before.

After all, if we’re going to be over-comers, we need something to overcome, right?

We must…

Trust him.

Let him.

Love him….no matter what.

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16 Responses

09.19.11

God sure does have a way when He want to get our attention.. Problems are our stepping stones we endure them to grow and mature and though they hurt God gives us release which is Grace and Mercy to get us through..He never leaves us unattended.
Desiray recently posted..It’s Allot of WORK…My Profile

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Oh Kelli, I could feel your desperation that led you straight to the feet of Jesus. So thankful for your Biblical friend who took your hand and guided you to the heart of God.
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09.19.11

Love this Kelli. We must trust Him, let Him and love Him. This really spoke to me today! Thank you.
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09.19.11

Kelli, visiting from Michelles- Your words brought that pain to my heart that is too familiar. But the joy in God sending your friend and that moment when you most needed it… He is amazing. “if we want to be over-comers, we need something to overcome” – Amen, dear sister.
Blessings to you today…
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09.19.11

For a long time, I too did not want to ask others for prayer unless it was big things. Now I have discovered the fellowship that comes along with joining together in prayer over ANYthing and it is so sweet! I’m glad you have that person.
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09.19.11

We can’t be over-comers if we don’t have anything to overcome. Love that! Our pride can be such an ugly thing, and it can keep us from experiencing victory. I’m thankful that you reached out and found the encouragement you were looking for.
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09.19.11

Oh, Kelli, my heart ached as I read your words. I wanted to reach through the computer and hug you! So thankful for those friends who come along just at the right time to help pick us up!
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09.19.11

I love this… “God’s got my attention not, not the pain.” It’s so important to make that exchange… His perspective and comfort are there. If He is for us WHO can be against us… still loving that. Loving you too… I am so blessed that we are called together to serve Him!

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09.19.11

Amen! God always has our back, but it is so nice when we hear it from other people who long to speak truth into our souls.
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i love when you wrote ‘GOD GOTS MY ATTENTION NOW, NOT THE PAIN’. i know it takes determination to come to that stand. God will see us through all the way because we are His chosen. Stay blessed dear friend.
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09.19.11

When we press through and become the ‘overcomers’ we are called to be, He’ll meet us right where we are!

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Oh Kelli… I’ve had those nights myself, and I’m sorry you’re having them now. I’m thankful to hear however, that your prayer partner was there with those words of comfort when you needed them. God truly is always with us, and keeps us in His loving embrace even when our own pain keeps us from feeling them.

Have a Blessed Day!
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09.19.11

Oh Kelli! This is so true! How great it is when we can live out encouragement to someone else or be on the receiving end of someone following the promptings of the Holy Spirit! What a sincere post! Thank you for sharing!
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Kelli, Thank you for being so open and transparent with your pain. And for conveying the power of prayer and connection here today.
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