“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” — 2 Corinthians 4:13-18

This week’s column reminds us how to make it against all odds when life’s problems keep on coming! We are living in very challenging times today, with many stressed out at home and trying to make sense of their lives.

But when we release our struggle to a higher power, we not only survive, we plant roots that will keep us strong forever.

While there is tension on one hand, there is introspection and exploration on the other. How do you keep on going when life knocks you down? It’s one thing to be positive when things are going well. But it is something altogether different when life blindsides you, such as when someone you love is taken away either by death or some other reason; when a debilitating illness strikes you or a family member; when your “lifetime” job is suddenly downsized after years of service; when you go through the emotional torment of a divorce and especially when children are involved; when grown children refuse to grow up and continue to depend on you for shelter, food, clothing and even money for their personal needs; when your teenagers decide they are adults and no longer listen to what you have to say; when the doctor gives you a diagnosis that sounds like the end of life as you know it.

In Sharon Lechter’s new book, “Think and Grow Rich for Women,” she includes a prayer in her chapter on faith that will work for anyone — man, woman or child:

As I begin this journey, I know I will feel excitement and energy as well as fear and frustration. I trust that your Divine love is encouraging and forgiving. I believe that true success starts with a richness of spirit. Please enter my heart and help my faith to grow stronger every day. When it is as small as a mustard seed, show me how this tiny treasure can create a forest. When my faith is as huge as a mighty oak tree, help me have the humility to see every small, helpless creature in its shadow and offer nourishment, shelter, and shade. Growing successful is my earthly goal, but growing in faith will remain my spiritual mission.

One of my lowest times was about seven years ago, when I was sick with diabetes. Work wasn’t steady and I couldn’t make ends meet. I had to use food stamps for six months (a first for me at age 60) and got help from my sons regularly. During my tough times, I kept my faith strong, read my Bible daily, awakened early each day and prayed and meditated, picturing my life working again and seeing myself in good health.

I turned my television off and listened to Les Brown, Zig Zigler, Wayne Dyer, Joyce Meyer, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Louise Hay, day and night. I had to strengthen myself from within.

It worked — my finances have improved tremendously. My temporary circumstances did end — yours will too.

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email lyndiagrantshowdc@gmail.com or call 202-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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