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Rising up from the Hard Knocks of Life!

fbpost3Bam! One hit, then another and before you know it you’re knocked flat!  Life has away of throwing punches at you in succession and the blows can feel too much to withstand.  As you lie there beaten up you wonder, “Will I be able to rise again”?   All you can do is remain still until you regain your bearings, knowing that you must hang on until the pounding subsides.

As I listened to the Prime Minister of Canada share his story of becoming a boxing champ, it resonated with me in what we experience in life.  We are up against a real enemy.  The Bible tells us that Satan goes about like a lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8 ).   We are in a spiritual battle that we cannot see; yet one we can feel as one blow after the next rears its head against us.

The Prime Minister said this, “Most people think that being the best boxer means that you are the one who can give the hardest hits.  But that’s not true.  You must be the one who can keep taking the biggest hits but keep getting up every time”.

What a great analogy for life!  No matter how many blows the enemy tries to throw at you, whether in your health, relationships, emotions, finances or your spiritual walk, you may feel beaten up and even have to have a “time out” of sorts to regain your strength; but the key to winning is being able to take what comes at you and then bouncing back.  Get up off the floor [or in my case rise up from months in bed due to a pain flare] and keep going.  Give life you’re very best.  And even in the times where you feel flattened, give it time and rise up once more.

5 Responses to Rising up from the Hard Knocks of Life!

  1. Very encouraging words Laura Beth. We probably don’t know how many angels are whispering words of hope when things look so bleak. Standing on the Word with you! Hugs, Rae

  2. Thank you for sharing your continued encouraging bits of wisdom, and your personal journey that you have been on with your own physical demons. I have been going through my own emotional journey of growth and gaining back the young woman I had lost after being married to a narcissist (he emotionally and physically abused me and emotionally abused our son – now my son does not speak to him). After that divorce I met a new man who was wonderful to me but could not give me the emotional fulfillment I craved due to the loss of it from my first marriage and me no longer having the self gratitude I so badly needed. We got married and because he could not fulfill my emotional needs, I reached out to the wrong person, which ended in a short-term affair lasting six weeks. We tried to reconcile but in the end the damage was done and not only did I hurt our mixed family, I hurt myself deeply. We will be divorced in two months. We remain friends and my son calls him, “dad”, and now has the dad he never did have. For this I am very grateful and have struggled in letting go. I still love him but he says he no longer loves me. I am learning to accept that and begin to move forward again but in the sadness and loneliness of the last 10 months I have found the young woman that I lost before getting so damaged emotionally by my first husband. Now facing my second divorce, though difficult, I am proud and happy with who I have become and also become closer to God. I believe in losing my second marriage and someone I loved, I also found a better version of me, and that’s a wonderful gift! Like your blog states, even when life gives you blow after blow, you somehow get through it and find the silver lining. I am still in my journey and learning to get back out there, and I know you will get back out there, too. Keep fighting, Laura Beth, I’m in your corner! God Bless.

    • Thank you for sharing your journey. You have the right attitude in that you are growing and becoming the best version of yourself. We must keep pressing forward towards His purpose for us!

      • Thanks, Laura Beth! I think the hardest part of staying on the journey is remaining hopeful, even in time of doubt. I believe that’s why God challenges us. I hope you are doing better in your journey with your illness. God Bless!

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