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MENTAL HEALTH MONDAY: RESILIENCY

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“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 


Psychologists define resilience “as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.” I love this quote from one of the resources I use for lesson planning, “resilience develops when children experience challenges and learn to deal with them positively. Strong relationships are the foundation of children’s resilience.” So what does this look like and how do we do it? 

It is easy to want to protect our children and not let them fail or get in harm’s way, especially today. As I raised my three girls, I quickly learned that I didn’t want them to fail and I wanted to create the best experiences for them to grow into the best versions of themselves A wise Christian mentor challenged me and said, “don’t you want them to fail while they are still under your roof so they know how to handle it?” My answer was no, I never want them to fail. Well, obviously, I needed some help with that and didn’t have much resiliency built into my parenting techniques at that point in time. I surrounded myself with mentors and women who could help me with this and little by little, let go and let God lead the way. 

The quote above also says that strong relationships are the foundation of children’s resilience. A strong family is built on God’s Word and prayer. I want to encourage our community to connect with your church, especially if the pandemic has interrupted this routine. God created us for community, and we have strong churches and programs that will equip you to build these relationships and learn from one another. For those of you who signed up to pray The Battle Plan at the beginning of the year, I encourage you to pray the same prayers over your family. God’s Word is rich, comforting, and powerful. Let the Holy Spirit lead you and remember, He loves your children even more than you do. Have confidence that He chose you as their parent and ask Him to help you with each and every joy and trouble and watch as He meets you in the journey! 

Contact Nancy

Need help or encouragement? Speak confidentially with Nancy Secrest, licensed counselor, by contacting her at 614-410-4306 or sending her an email.

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