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StrengthCast Wellness tips to stay active and healthy during winter

 

  • Author Sarah Donalds

How to stay active this winter? it's cold outside, with this, the winter weather can sometimes make workouts seem less than desirable, even heating up the car in the wee hours of the morning to get to the gym for your favorite spinning class can be quite tough. Most people stay at home or use a car for moving.


Follow these tips to keep your body active and healthy during the winter months.

1-How to deep freeze:

Although you may want to stay snuggled up in your warm bed, winter shouldn't be a time when your fitness plans go into hibernation, especially with all of those holidays treats lying around.

2-The right attitude at the right time:

With the right attitude and mix of exercises, winter can actually be a fantastic time to mix up once workouts, get creative, and even reignite one's love of fitness by trying new and fun activities.

3-How to make the most of winter workouts:

It's all in your mind, winter isn't just about the cold weather, it's about a whole new season. Embrace the time of year by sitting down and revisiting your goals and plan what you'd like to accomplish join the next few months.

4-Play in the winters:

Go out and play, if you can't seem to muster the energy to work out this time of year, try playing instead, you can burn quite a few calories by playing indoors or out.

5-Fix the lazy mood:

The best part about playing is that it doesn't feel like a workout. Though, you can still get your heart rate up and have an excellent cardio session.

6-Winter sports:

Take up a winter sport, if you are a competitive type, why not try a new winter sport from skiing to snowshoeing there are many great options that burn mega calories and give a whole new twist to your cold-weather workout.

7-Home is where the workout is:

Get creative at home, sure getting to the gym can be more of a hassle when it is cold outside. But never used smooth weather as an excuse to miss your daily exercise. Instead, work out at home, there it's cozy and warm.

8-Imitate experts:

Whether you pop in a new workout DVD, or invest in a few pieces of fitness equipment, or even just use your body weight for a killer workout, exercising at home can be a convenient and fun solution to staying on track.

9-Germ-free environs:

The best part about working out from your own home, you don't have to worry about sharing a TV with fellow gym-goers or possibly catching an illness at the gym.

10-Sign up for something new:

There's nothing like signing up for a new class or joining an indoor sports league to get you up and moving to join the cold months ;

11-Inspire yourself:

By trying something new, You reignite your motivation for fitness, cold weather and all. Whether it's indoor volleyball, a Bootcamp class or even tennis lessons, participating in the regular activity is a fantastic way to stay active during the wintertime.

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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Doctor Peter McCullough The Truth About the COVID-19 Vaccines and Psychosocial impacts of covid-19

 

  • Author Bunny Tawanda Chigudu

Psychosocial Impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic.

What caused the Covid-19 pandemic? What are the challenges experienced during and after (if it ends)? When and how is it going to end? These questions are raised every day and everyone seems to have different answers. Every answer is infused with a political, religious and emotional charge. The Covid-19 pandemic has inspired controversy and indeed evoked a global fear. Many countries, territories have imposed lockdowns encouraging citizens to self-isolate at home while maintaining physical distance in public to curtail the spread of the disease.

The measures include compulsory or recommended confinement, curfews and quarantines. While these restrictions are effective as so far proven, the problems they are creating cannot go unnoticed. Some of the measures put forth relinquished immense authority to governments to undermine people's rights. Successful lockdowns require a strong social contract with the citizens. Psychologically and socially, the catastrophic virus has created within individuals, families, communities and nations a sense of insecurity and impotence. The pandemic is itself a traumatizing event, a stressor that has left many distressed or emotionally damaged. This pandemic has profound impacts on humanity. Covid-19 unleashed untold suffering, swallowing even the innocent. It is one of the major psychosocial catastrophes experienced in human history since World War 2. It is a complex emergency, an accidental harm that is causing traumatic experiences. The global calamity brought with it mental suffrage. The probability of psychosocial disorders increase with increased uncertainties pertaining to its containment.


Traumatizing experiences of lockdown, forced isolation and police brutality have a negative effect on people's immediate environment especially in our modern "disciplinary society ``. The traumatized may suffer from a wide range of disorders such as conduct disorders. Psychologically, persons under investigation (PUI) in suspected cases of infection are affected. The ones placed under coerced quarantine suffer from separation anxiety and fear. Moreover, persons with damaged selves are more susceptible to psychological distress. Many are going through eyewitness trauma where thinking and feeling are altered by the events taking place. People who have a history of exposure to previous psychic trauma, those who witnessed violence and death easily breakdown. To support this, enforced restrictions by armed soldiers and police, who are often accused by rights groups of using excessive force especially in poor neighborhoods, can trigger re-experiences of eyewitness trauma experienced during political crises and post-election violence in most African states. The heavy presence of armed law enforcement agents in the streets drives people into a panic mode. There are reports here in Zimbabwe where the police forces have clashed with people accused of flouting lockdown restrictions in scenes decried by some as excessive and detestable. In South Africa, videos circulated on social media showed security forces intimidating and forcing civilians to squat and roll on the ground for allegedly violating lockdown. In Kenya, there was fury and tensions flared over police brutality amid coronavirus curfew. The implementation of curfews was widely criticized. It was reported that in Kenya, the death toll from curfew enforcement had already exceeded the coronavirus death toll of one by March 27. In Rwanda, tensions boiled over, the police shot dead people. Elsewhere, the Philippines President Rodrigo Duerte announced emphatically that those who will flout the restrictions would be shot at. French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated that his soldiers are trained to subdue enemies of the state and to kill. He warned would be demonstrators amid the country's lockdown. All these documented incidents have renewed anger over police brutality, breakdown of mutual trust and respect between law enforcement and community members.

The systemic political management of the virus becomes more lethal than the biological threat posed by the virus itself. Scholars like Foucault and Orwell realised that in the state of emergency, whether it is war, plague, natural disaster, discipline and order are easier to obtain for the ruling elite. The power of political officials is at its greatest, its most unrestrained, in a state of emergency. To elaborate, the Covid-19 crisis is being exploited by governments to pass undemocratic legislation and exert stronger social control over the populations.

The novelty of being locked down has affected us emotionally. We have become uncertain of how the world will look like when it is over, or when it will be. We are suffering from some form of grief individually as well as collectively. In the words of Melanie Verwoerd, former ANC MP and SA Ambassador to Ireland, "...it is destroying our sense of safety and this causes us to feel anticipatory grief on a scale never felt before``. David Kessier points out that we are most prone at the moment to what he calls 'anticipatory grief`. We are grieving because we fear economic uncertainty, people are dying and we do not know if it will happen to us. What is happening in society today is societal stress, which is characterized by the fact that it is affecting many people simultaneously. Stress is a natural and inescapable accompaniment of living but its effects are deleterious. Stress ultimately becomes biological. Physically, worried and anxious persons develop lowered bodily resistance to infection thus making them more vulnerable to coronavirus infection. A stressed individual gets colds, sinusitis and sore throats. A vicious cycle may set in, that is, the more run down she/he becomes, the less vitality she/he can bring to bear on psychological problems. The more these problems mount, the greater the toll on physical health.

The pandemic has turned people into psychological casualties. By definition, psychological casualties are individuals who have been so overwhelmed by their circumstances that they no longer function in everyday life within the parameters and constraints laid down by their own communities. This inability to function may manifest itself in many forms. This is quite evident as we have seen and heard reports of people protesting against their lot by acting out and becoming anti-social. In retaliation to alleged police brutality, some resorted to vigilante activity. Chaos reigns supreme in supermarkets and liquor stores as people are up in arms with anti-riot police summoned to disperse huge crowds queuing up for scarce commodities. The law enforcement agents have become external enemies against whom to rage. The police have become so brutally unfriendly that for them it is difficult than meets the eye to separate friend from foe. Food insecurities and continued suffering as workers have been laid off from work will force some people to act against their principles in order to survive and to protect their families. Families and communities lurking on the peripheries of the economic spectrum bear the brunt the most. People in overcrowded settlements are flouting the social distancing rules for lack of sanitary provisions and basic amenities such as water. In high-density suburbs, residents in desperate need of water queue up around boreholes and there have been allegations of sexual abuse (sextortion) and discrimination at these water points.

The lockdown has also affected divorced families. For example, visitation rights of children of divorced parents have been made complex. Parents who share custody of children are affected and discouraged from transporting children unless it is for medical reasons. In South Africa, the government called on parents to keep their children in one place during the lockdown period. During these placements, dependence and rivalry with other siblings may contribute to their breakdown. With the extension of the lockdown, their presence becomes increasingly irksome and a burden to some step-parents who are unwilling and unable to bear the financial burden. The children are treated as the other, servants and made to wait on and run errands for the other children in the home. For children in authoritarian families, the school was a safety valve of escapism from their misery and fetters that bind them to perpetual servitude. The family, which was unable to provide an environment protective enough to consolidate a sense of self, is certainly not protective now. It would seem a large number of individuals are socially inept. Many children manifest psychological distress. However, this distress may be short-lived and not necessarily damaging. If resources, which facilitate mastery and a sense of self-efficacy, are made available to them, this too facilitates coping.

Covid-19 has triggered an education crisis that is unprecedented in scope, duration and impact. Prolonged school closures are grim as they increase child exploitation, child abuse, teen pregnancies among other problems. According to the United Nations( UN), the global school closures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic present an unprecedented risk to children's education, protection and well being. Children have been robbed of their fundamental rights. It makes it even harder for the most vulnerable children to return to school. Across Eastern and Southern Africa, up to 16 million children are no longer accessing critical daily meals at school, violence at home is increasing (UN). In response, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced advanced support during the unprecedented education crisis, while advocating for the safe reopening of schools that adhere to safety guidelines. Furthermore according to UNICEF, in most parts of the world, learning at home has been supported by online tools. However, in Eastern and Southern Africa, internet penetration is constrained. Barely one in five (22%) of households have internet access, while 84% of the rural population, where the bulk of the learners reside, have no electricity. There is substantial evidence of the digital divide , that is, uneven access to technology along race, class, and geographic lines. The most affected are the marginalized, vulnerable children who largely rely on schools for their education, health, safety and nutrition.

While positively the lockdown has become a catalyst for sobriety, others are attempting to anaesthetize and insulate themselves from the lockdown psychic pain through substance abuse. Closer to home, the ban on sale of alcohol and cigarettes has been devastating mentally for South Africans. The ban causes desperation in people and could be a fatal health scare amid the country's fight against Covid-19. There have been reports that desperate imbibers inject themselves with hand sanitizer liquid directly into their veins to get a quick fix, revealed Dr Gerhard Verdoorn from the Griffon Poison Information centre. Medical experts have warned against the use of hand sanitizers as it could be fatal and result in the damage of the brain, heart, and immune system. Other experts have also noted that for people who are addicted, the side effects of abrupt alcohol withdrawal can induce tremors, insomnia and nausea. This could have serious complications; especially if the person is confined at home (think of marital feuds, GBV, child abuse and neglect). Also for moderate alcohol consumers, closure of liquor stores has led to increased anxiety and stress. Other people are unable to block out their pain and become so overwhelmed that their social life is disrupted by psychosomatic symptomatology, anxiety and depression. Psychosomatic symptoms include among others headaches and sleeplessness. People have become overly anxious and agitated. Despair, disillusionment, anger and resentment are the predominant emotions.

The future is uncertain on many experiencing a myriad of disturbing psychological problems particularly those from a large pool of unemployed youth, many of whom are university graduates frustrated with decades of extreme poverty, underdevelopment, and the lack of job opportunities. On a wider geographical scale, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are viewed as the most stressful in the world due to their socio-economic and political quagmires. The Covid-19 pandemic has become a powerful contributor to add to the already existing legacies of psycho-social cripples that are still to be tackled. Following the height of the pandemic, foreign nationalities who are repatriated to their mother countries where they had previously fled for different reasons among them political persecution and economic turmoil, suffer more mental health and adjustment problems. This is the case with most Zimbabwean nationals who had fled the country and sought refuge in countries like South Africa , Botswana, UK ,China to name a few. Socio-ecological factors compounded by the pandemic thus contribute to mental health outcome in the aftermath of trauma.

Several commendable efforts are being rolled out to help the homeless and the disabled persons from the scourge of coronavirus. However, the exaggerated preferential treatment given to the disabled only justifies the stereotypical views of them as people who are not 'normal` and incapable. Some politicians have braced to this opportunity to settle their cheap political scores and antics. While the pandemic has brought a sense of unity in finding a common purpose to fight it, it has also brutally reminded us of the fundamental faulty lines in our society, in particular inequality, poverty, unemployment and a lack of social justice. Because of corruption, even before the pandemic, there is increasingly little funding available for desperately needed public services such as health care, education, sanitation and housing.

While it was a humanitarian gesture to release prisoners to contain coronavirus and to decongest prison facilities, the congestion on public resources and social welfare provisions are yet to unfold. In my own view, the influx of offenders in jail cells and behind prison walls is a sign of social decay and poor informal controlling mechanisms. The question is why are people committing more crimes no matter how much they are aware of social norms, rules and values, which govern our behavior? The moral compass of society is skewed. The social fabric is hanging with a thread. Paradoxically, to pardon the criminal is to compound the social problem which we are seeking to address because once the ex-convict is free, she/he will resort to secondary deviance resulting from a self-fulfilling prophecy as she/ he suffer rejection, despise, rebuke, and suspicion from members of society. It is a matter of life or death. The war is lost at both ends.

Other challenges being created by African governments responding to Covid-19 are misimformation and undercommunication on the impacts of the pandemic. Bad communication can bear the negative impact of the ability of nations to respond and deal with an impending disaster. African states are accused of window-dressing the true scale of the pandemic. Misinformation hampers the fight for the virus in Africa. By concealing vital information from the public, governments create situations whereby everyone is navigating blind except for the government towards the fight against the pandemic. Inequitable access to information between government and the people results in inequitable levels of commitment. According to Dr Ralph Mathekga, a renowned South African political analyst, honesty is key in managing the pandemic and it is a missing link in our politics in general.

All these and other challenges posed by the pandemic have had an enormous impact on the psyche of our society and are increasing the difficulty of dealing with social behavior. The pandemic, whether induced erroneously through human activity as alleged or a product of natural design and superstitious inclinations , will leave a gigantic stamp not only on the psyche but also on the communities and their social organization. Perceived social support reduces the probability of psychosocial disorders, as do feelings of safety and perceptions of moral and social order. Families and communities ought to bring people together to share their experiences to help them cope in the aftermath of this tragedy. With this global calamity in our midst, psychosocial intervention during and after the pandemic abates, is pertinent.

Bunny Tawanda Chigudu is a graduate in Bsc Sociology, (Great Zimbabwe University,2009), Msc C.F.S,( Africa University,2016). The writer writes in his own personal capacity. Email feedback to bunnychigudu1@gmail.com

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Concealed Carry: Murder Rates Climb- ‘Worse Than A War Zone’ in Some Cities

 

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Last week, ABC News published a piece titled ‘It's just crazy': 12 major cities hit all-time homicide records. I'm not going to chalk this up to COVID, as is the customary practice these days. Instead, I want to look at something interesting the report brought to light.

murder rates soar

Looking at the numbers —

First, let's remind ourselves that assigning one cause to a rise in murder rate oversimplifies a complex issue affected by numerous variables. However, it doesn't mean we should throw out the correlating variables that would seem to impact a particular cause. And we certainly should consider (but not blindly accept) the advice of those who study the issue.

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Okay so back to the ABC article. The piece points out that AT LEAST 12 cities in the U.S. have passed their highest recorded rate for a single year. Here they are.

Other large cities haven't been included in the above table because their numbers, while higher than the previous year, have not surpassed their all-time highs.  For example, the 73rd ranked most dangerous city in the U.S. tallied 739 homicides as of November 2021, an increase of 3% from the previous year, but not 974 like in 1970.

Things that stand out —

In looking at the data, a few things stand out.

First, 5 of the cities' previous all-time high in homicides was last year. These figures point to an uncharacteristic and sustained spike in homicides. The cities are spread out and represent nearly every geographical region in the country.

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Secondly, the mayors of each city on the list have something in common. Sure they are Democrats, but that isn't the important thing, as not all Democrat-run cities are in shambles. The commonality between all mayors is that they are proud supporters and backed by the group Everytown for Gun Safety.

Contrary to the name, Everytown for Gun Safety isn't really an organization promoting gun safety. It's not a stretch to encapsulate the Everytown mission as complete abolition of the individual's right to own firearms.

You can head to the' Who We Are‘ tab on the organization's website to confirm, as Everytown conveniently lists the cities of mayors associated with the organization. We shouldn't discount this as a trivial coincidence. Does this alone mean Everytown's influence on mayors equals higher murder numbers? No, not in and of itself.

Preemption —

Take Ohio, for example. Ohio has two cities represented on the chart, Toledo and Columbus. I happen to live in Columbus, Ohio and know a few officers who can substantiate the city's decline. Andrew Ginther, the mayor of Columbus, is a progressive Democrat associated with Everytown. However, Ohio has preemption laws. The laws don't allow a city to create more restrictive gun laws, contradicting the State Constitution.

Every state on the list except New York has preemption laws that hinder at least in part local jurisdictions from making more restrictive gun laws. To further muddy the correlation to murder rates and Everytown-linked mayors, there are cities in which murder rates haven't soared, whose mayors govern linked to Everytown.

But it is interesting to look back to a 2016 Daily Mail article that listed the 50 most dangerous cities in the World. The murder rate was one of the factors influencing the ranking. Unsurprisingly, 41 of the 50 cities on the list are in Latin America. Mexico and Brazil account for the overwhelming majority of cities. Civilian ownership of firearms is banned outright or highly regulated in the countries.

mayor of st. louisBefore we point fingers, 4 U.S. Cities made the list. The cities are Saint Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans. You probably know where I'm going with this. All four cities' mayors had close ties to the organization called, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. This organization, along with Mom's Demand Action, later became, yep, Everytown for Gun Safety.

I'm not saying a mayor on board with Everytown isn't likely to run their city into the ground. I just don't think their association with Everytown is the actual reason for the hazardous nature of the cities. Instead, I see the association as an indication of a world view of governing, associated with policies that doom the residents.

Lack of accountability?

I agree with the next logical step the ABC report takes to understand the soaring murder rates.

The ABC post included commentary from the New York Police Chief of Detectives called Robert Boyce. The article quotes Boyce as saying:

Nobody’s getting arrested anymore. People are getting picked up for gun possession and they're just let out over and over again.

The FBI Uniform Crime Report showed over 10 million arrests in 2019. In 2020, that number dropped to 7.63 million, a 24% drop. To put this number in context, the number of arrests in 2020 was the lowest in 25 years! We're not talking about a rate adjusted per capita, and the number of agencies reporting numbers to the FBI has increased over that period. If that weren't enough, the U.S. population (as far as we know) has increased by 48.5 million since 2000!

All this is to say arrest numbers should naturally go up, not down.

One possible factor could be the actual number of police officers available to make arrests decreased from 2019-2020. The decrease was the first decrease since 2012-2013. From 2013 – 2019 the number of officers increased drastically, corresponding to a general decrease in crime rates.

Police Executive Research Forum report noted in the ABC article reported that:

The retirement rate in police departments nationwide jumped 45% over 2020 and 2021. And another 18% of officers resigned, the survey found, a development which coincided with nationwide social justice protests and calls to defund law enforcement agencies following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

I think this has more impact on rising murder rates in these cities. It seems a mayor aligning with an organization like Everytown will likely also align with other groups that support similar social policies. Policies that often result in the opposite of their stated goal or are flat-out terrible.rise in murder rates

Failed policies —

For example, wherever ‘defund the police' gained traction, increased crime rates followed. Demonizing all police as corrupt and racist has a negative impact on enforcement, and retention if you just stop and think about it for more than 2 seconds.

Probably even more impactful than the previous two points is the push to reform bail policies and laws. Unsurprisingly, crime rates have exploded where policies, like not requiring bail or choosing not to bring charges are enacted. Criminals are left to re-offend repeatedly. The tragic mass-killing at a Christmas parade is a recent example of what happens when the criminal justice system breaks.

Finally —

Regardless of political affiliation, politicians work for the citizens of this country. Their sole job is to govern in a way that allows every person the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To do the very best they can for the citizens. Hold your politicians accountable for failed policies. Stop voting for someone simply because they have a D or an R after their name. Research the people you vote for. Demand decent people to represent you in the legislature.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Today's Children Will Lead Us Forward and The Rock Almighty Celebrate Life!

 

  • Author Jeremy Smith
No charitable cause evokes more emotion, sympathy and the desire to contribute than a children’s charity. Perhaps it is their innocence that makes Americans want to do what they can to help.
Parents of healthy children thank God that their children are thriving. They feel an urge to help the less fortunate children of the world. Charities devoted to children’s causes represent a substantial portion of all charitable organizations. (Continued below.....)

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(...Continued....)Children have numerous needs that can not always be met for any number of reasons. Poverty in our nation affects children particularly hard. The basic needs of a growing child that comes from an impoverished family are often neglected. Food, clothing and shelter must be provided. Going without is not an option. Growing boys and girls need medical care, a loving and supportive environment and the chance to believe in their future.

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are about 1 million public charities in the United States with many of them devoted to helping children in need. There are charities that address children’s medical needs. Others address education, counseling and career training. Still others provide toys at Christmas build playgrounds or supply school books.

A child should be able to look forward to an exciting and productive future. They may be suffering from a serious medical condition, come from a broken or dysfunctional family or live in poverty. Any and all of those difficult circumstances should not stand between a child and a bright future. Charitable contributions to worth charities that help children prosper are extremely important.

In this day and age, millions of Americans are out of work and suffering. Millions more are finding it difficult to keep up with their mortgage payments and other monthly bills. But, despite personal financial difficulties, most Christians will do what they can to help a child. Overall charitable giving historically declines in tough economic times. The total dollars collected for needy children may drop, but the desire to give to a charity to help a child remains deep in the heart of most every American.

There is a dark side to the business of raising money. More than any other charitable cause, solicitations for children’s charities attract unscrupulous organizations. There are organizations that promise to grant last wishes to a dying child and those that promise to help them get a needed operation. Who can say no to a request for help? The problem with some organizations is that they may spend upward of 90% on fundraising and only give 10% or less of all donated funds to further the charitable cause.

Despite the abuse by some, it is important to fund the legitimate organizations. After all, the children are our future.

The author is a freelance journalist who writes regularly on the work of children's charity in the developing world. She also supports child ministry work and sponsor a child programs.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Kingdom Theology of The Bible Dr. Myles Munroe and Divine Intervention

 

DIVINE INTERVENTION

by Creflo Dollar 




At one time or another, we’ve all had scary or painful things happen in our lives. There are no exceptions; the question isn’t if they will happen, but when. Trouble comes to everyone, but the difference between being overwhelmed and successfully dealing with it is in our response to the situation. Nothing just happens randomly; with that in mind, the Bible gives us useful information on putting the “why” into perspective.

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When bad things happen, it’s not because God is punishing us. He gives everyone the freedom to make their own choices and won’t interfere with that freedom. He does, however, strongly advise us to make the right choices that will lead to success. “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil... I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19, NKJV). God said this in the Old Testament when the people turned away from Him, but its timeless message still applies.

God loves us enough to let us make our own decisions, whether they’re right or wrong. When we make bad choices and find ourselves in a tough situation, it’s the inevitable consequence of our actions. God may let us go through the resulting “junk” that the mistake causes so that we can grow, mature, and learn from it. However, when we trust Him in the midst of it, He can intervene and turn things around in ways we could never do on our own. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Sometimes the pain doesn’t come from what we do, but from what a family member or loved one does. Watching someone we deeply care for make the wrong choices, and not being able to do anything except watch, hurts very much. When we don’t know what to do, we can trust that God knows exactly what to do and is working on the situation even when we don’t understand all the details. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5, 6). We can rely on Him for the wisdom to correctly handle the issue.

Trusting in God’s mercy and goodness gives us the courage to go on when we’re at our lowest. When adversity strikes, some people give up in despair, throw their hands up, and wail “All is lost!” Supernatural intervention comes when we respond to the situation by deliberately praising God for the victory He’s already given us. Rejoicing through the pain is an act of faith. “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials” (1 Peter 1:6, NIV).

When the problem makes us feel completely surrounded and cut off, God carries us through the flood and sets us down in a safe place. He’ll never abandon us. “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2). Suffering is temporary, but God’s promises are forever; therefore, we can confidently turn the situation over to Him and let Him handle it.  

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