It may be:
A Pink Slip
A Sudden Death
Whatever the sucker punch is, it comes out of nowhere and slugs you right in the gut; you feel like you are going to be sick. You don’t know what to do. You’re fearful, overwhelmed, panicked, angry, scared, and alone.
When you finally can breathe, what do you do? Where do you turn?
Here are a some places to start:
Begin with a Support System: Your family, friends, coworkers, counselor, pastor—anyone who can come alongside and help when you need an objective spin and encouragement.
Prayer – I have found during times of crisis, I have trouble praying. I am caught up in the middle of the turmoil and it’s difficult to pray. So having people who will pray for you is essential.
Cling to Hope – God promises to never leave us and He will travel this rough road with you.
Allow yourself to grieve – Grieving is a natural process that takes us through to healing. It’s painful yet productive. There are five stages of grief* so it takes time.
Be Thankful for something each day—this helps to keep our focus positive. There is always something good, no matter how small, even in the midst of the bad. Keep a list of these blessings handy to refer to for encouragement.
Look Up – The Lord promises to bring something good out of our pain. His plans are for our good not for our harm. **
How about you? How have you coped through a difficult situation?
Next time, I will share a story of a New Beginning!
* Five stages of grief are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance
** Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:1
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