By: Patti Foster, TBI Survivor, Inspirational Communicator

Hard times. You can probably tell me some incredible, real-life stories of tough times you’ve lived through or, maybe right now, at this moment, you’re in the midst of a personally hard time. Please, lean on Jesus; ask Him to help you. He will.

Granted, hard times usually take us to the “deep waters” of life; so, c’mon, let’s go…

When hard times barge in, how do they affect our attitude?

What do they do to us…or, maybe I should say, what do we allow them to do to us – make us better or bitter?

Instead of getting mad at the hard time, whatever it might be – traumatic brain injury, the death of a friend, loss of a job, etc – may we have a go and ask the LORD to help us be thankful and let it chisel us into the people He has created each one of us to be.

In Romans 5:3-5,  the Apostle Paul put it this way: “And we rejoice in the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that our suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom He has given us.”

Don’t give up!