Challenges Change Us! 11 Simple Tips to Handle Challenges

Good Morning! I am so honored to have Brenda McGraw guest post on my site today. Her wonderful site is Ask God Today. She has faced many tough challenges in her life and is sharing ways that we can handle those challenges.



What is the biggest challenge you have ever experienced?challenges

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2, 3 NIV)
Challenges come in all sorts of ways. If you are a student, it could be a problem with a teacher, or a parent. It could be an argument with your spouse or your child. Maybe you have an aging parent who is having a health challenge.
We all have challenges. Challenges are problems, trials, tests, competitions, confrontations with others; it can be anything that starts your heart racing or makes you worry or fear the outcome.
Challenges come in all shapes and sizes. Meaning, it could only last a day or a few hours and the challenge is over; such as a test, a sport you compete in, or a particular job or customer at work. It could be a health related challenge and could last for months or years.
Challenges come at all times. We never know when we are going to be head on with the next trial or challenge in our life. They seem to take us off guard, when we least expect them. Are you ready for the next one? Are you ready to face the music?

Back to the question, what is the biggest challenge you have ever experienced?

For me, I have had a life full of challenges.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Phil 4:11
I have faced Breast cancer at the age of 24 and all the decisions and surgeries that went along with that, constantly wondering if the cancer will ever come back again.
I have lived through dealing with a spouse who had a major addiction problem and years of counseling.
I have had prodigal children, and the challenge of how to become a mom to my step-children, blending my family with my husband’s family.
Just this year, I faced another health challenge and had a Stress-related heart attack.
However, I would have to say my biggest challenge and life disappointment was divorce, due to addiction and immorality after 23 years of marriage.
From the challenges I have faced in my life, I want to share with you the following lessons I have learned and how to face your next challenge.

11 Simple Tips to Handle Challenges:

1. Pray – Daily seek the Lord and listen to His guidance, discernment and instructions through His Word the Bible.
2. Perspective – Ask God for His perspective and to see the challenge through His eyes.
3. Prioritize – Get all the details and decide what is the most important to handle first before responding or reacting. Make a To-Do list. Follow it, by doing one thing at a time.
4. Prepare – Prepare by focusing on the solution. Get out of your head – we tend to over think things. Just get prepared.
5. Pros and Cons – Make a list of the Pros and Cons.
6. Practice – Practice gratitude and practice improving yourself be spending more time on whatever your next challenge is.
7. Proactive -Stay ahead of the challenge and don’t procrastinate.
8. People – Don’t overreact or have expectations for others. Accept what you can’t change and change what you can.
9. Position – If possible wait an hour to a day before responding. Putting yourself in a good position will prevent you from making bad choices or decisions.
10. Problem solve – Ask God to help you solve the problem or challenge. Look for the most logical way to solve.
11. Positive – Think positively. Your attitude matters towards every challenge you face.
Challenges can even make us better, stronger and draw us closer to God. Or, they can stress us out, make us bitter and harden our hearts. Either way, they change us.

Challenges won’t last forever.

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13

Ask God Today:

1. To help you seek His will and His plans.
2. To face whatever challenge is ahead of you with a good and positive attitude.
3. To help you trust Him to help you do your best, to make good decisions, and see things through His eyes.
“May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” (Psalm 20:4 NIV)

Maybe you have an experience where you overcame a challenge. Please leave a comment if you have another tip for going through a challenge or would like to share your challenge and how we can pray for you.

Brenda McGraw writes blogs on her website, “Ask God Today, According to His Will”.  She shares life lessons she has learned on herBrenda Roses site.  Brenda loves the Lord and desires to educate and demonstrate to others how to Study, Pray, Love and Live God’s Word by sharing hope and truth.  She is a wife, mom of 5 young adult children and a Cancer survivor.  Brenda is in the process of writing her first book by following God’s lead and her dreams.  You connect with her on her site, Twitter, Facebook or Google+. 


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5 Responses to Challenges Change Us! 11 Simple Tips to Handle Challenges

  1. Thanks for a very complete list. You are so right that challenges will always be there. It is all in the way you approach them that will tell how you get through them.

  2. Thanks Julie for your comment. I hope you are able to apply the list in some way. Hope you have a wonderful day! Brenda

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Great list Brenda. I often use pray, perspective and practice. Thank you for sharing.

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