Courage from the Challenges of Adversity

Courage, Lion

Jean Beaufort

How do you confront adversity to become renewed? Hard times can wear us out, tear us down, slow us up, dominate our lives, and make us powerless. We become restless, anxious and lose sleep.

Eagle, courage

Ronald Carlson

Depending on our hardship, no doubt we are naturally concerned. We care. We try every solution humanly possible, and still sometimes fall short. This does not mean we are defeated and broken, although the feeling in our spirit indicates otherwise.

Courage

Patricia Keith

So, it is in those quiet moments, perhaps not one moment or two, but many or more, that we surrender the weight of our fears and adversities to be renewed, to rise up and to be strengthened in gratitude.  Courage is not instantaneous, but in an instant, your fear could summon it up. Be encouraged to proceed and walk with courage.

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When Everything Seems to be Against You

Inspirational Quotes

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When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. -Henry Ford

It Happened on My Cliff of Fear

Cliffs, Rock Climbing, Courage

Have you ever had a “hanging off the cliff” experience, not literally, but figuratively? If you haven’t, you probably will and will probably face them on more occasions than you care to admit. Sometimes these experiences can be debilitating because we run into problems that seem unsolvable, problems you did not create. It is during those times when we feel like we are dangling by one hand off of a cliff and no one is around to grab you by the arms and hoist you up.

Recently, I had an epiphany I have experienced before. During my cliff-hanging, dark valley days, I survived because I had to up the anty of my faith, the substance of things hoped for. It’s not easy dealing with circumstances you have no control over, yet you panic and keep trying to solve the problem anyway. Gradually, I drove through my fears with conviction because I felt I ran out of options. It is then that I finally realized I was not just hanging off of a cliff, I was actually strengthening my spiritual core because I was more focused on the climb, one step at a time.

It Happened on My Cliff of Fear

My world began spinning in acute chaos

overwhelmed by the fear of falling and failing

I was hanging on, slipping into the arms of death

from a cliff, too afraid to look down in fear

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in my dangling, gripping the jagged edges

cut, bruised, weak but miraculously not broken

I realized in my struggle to poise my footsteps

cliffs can either be intimidating or inviting

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casting my eyes above, reaching upward for support

I cried out to God to help me in my hopelessness

I will not succumb to the rubbish of anxiousness

clenching audacity to defy the valley of suffering

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no longer frantic or paralyzed by the pit of agony

I used a divine strength I didn’t realize I had

at such a time as this, I surrendered to courage

the Solid Rock pulled me upon which I now stand.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Hope Defeats Gloom, Despair, and Agony

tunnel, discouragement, encouragement, fear, despair, hope

Sometimes we are engulfed in the tempest of despair, discouragement, and darkness. If you live long enough, you will travel through a few dark tunnels of life that are frightening, discouraging and leave you feeling bewildered and anxious. 

Yet, as we look ahead through this darkness, we manage to focus on a pinpoint of light drawing us closer to it. It is in that pinpoint of light that we see hope.

Within this hope, that faint light at the end of the tunnel begins to grow larger, because we are focused on that light, refusing to look back into the darkness from whence we came. We look into the throat of the tunnel’s mouth and see a glimpse of victory, freedom and the pursuit of courage and joy. 

Once you have stepped into that light which reveals a world of clarity, opportunity, love, and possibility, it draws you closer to it and you never want to look back and return to that dark tunnel again.

Don’t Start Your Day Off Worrying

Opportunities, Kym Gordon Moore, Positivity, Motivation, Inspiration

Do you ever have those days when you wake up and start thinking about problems that need solving before you get out of bed? You either feel a huge sense of dread or try to remind yourself to steer clear of distractions and negative thoughts before your day gets started. Sometimes I go through this thought process more than I care to admit, which is why I wrote this motivational affirmation as a reminder to look on the bright side of life, to be more than a conqueror, to make time to sit quietly, to be still and try to avoid worrying about the small stuff!

“Don’t start your day off thinking or worrying about unsolved problems from yesterday. Begin your day with a grateful heart by seeking new, undiscovered opportunities lying just ahead.”  -Kym Gordon Moore

Did Curiosity Really Kill The Cat?

Curiosity, Courage, Warrior

When we hear the idiom, “Curiosity killed the cat,” we think about the term used to warn someone about the danger of being nosy, snooping or prying in business or affairs where it does not belong.

Curiosity, however, is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, and learning, which is evident by observation in humans and other animals. Curiosity is a quality in which those who enjoy the process of learning new, empowering things and continued education, possess such an insatiable and adventurous appetite within their mind, body, and spirit that we watch them soar like an eagle. C’mon, aren’t you the least bit curious?

Oh Mighty Lioness

Like a haute couture runway model on the catwalk
her prowl, deliberate, poised and with purpose
she doesn’t simply exist in the wild, she flourishes
running towards danger that makes her want to run away

her feistiness is cool, cautious and uninhibited
a warrior and hunter, swift, leaping and powerful
compassionate and protective den mother for her cubs
to ensnare her, your efforts may be futile and deadly

she is the one animal most feared by the lion
to pique her curiosity it didn’t kill the cat
it taught her how to live and survive
molding her into a mighty Lioness in the jungle!

©Kym Gordon Moore

Poetry of the Day: Oh Troubles Sail Away

Ballons, Troubles, Poetry, Surrender

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It seems like trials and tribulations can weigh us down and bury us deep. With divine intervention, we can surrender those troubles, as if we are tying them to a balloon and watching them float away.

Oh Troubles Sail Away

Like a helium balloon
ever climbing and reaching upward
I tie my hardships to its flagging string
releasing it from my constricted grasp

I watched it sail into the lucid air
drifting in the arms of a gentle breeze
I surrender the weight of unsolicited burdens
wherever it goes I do not care

no longer does it hoard my inner sanctity
like dumping bricks from a wheel barrel
the higher it goes the smaller it gets
sail away oh mighty troubles, sail away.

© Kym Gordon Moore