Alphabet for the Soul - A for Adversity

Happy Monday Friends!

I'm so excited to officially kick off week 1 of Alphabet for the soul. Today's letter is "A". There were so many word options for each letter, at times it was hard to choose just one.

For "A" I chose "Adversity" for two reasons:

  1. It's something we all face for one reason or another.
  2. It's some I've been dealing with for several months now due to continuing and significant health issues.

I looked up adversity in the dictionary. And found it said:

Adversity: a state or instance of severe or continued difficulty.

Some of the synonyms included: hardship, stress, suffering or sorrow. I think it's safe to say that we've all encountered adversity in our lives.

The Bible says, in John 16:33: "I've told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart for I have overcome the world." In other translations the word tribulation, suffering, oppression, distress or affliction are used in place of trouble. All words speak of adversity, continued difficulty.

There are many other bible verses which speak on adversity. For further personal study, if you're interested, you can look up:

  • 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
  • Proverbs 3:4-6
  • Phil 4:12-13
  • 1 Peter 5:8-10
  • James 1:2-4

One of my favorites is Psalm 34:19. "The righteous person may have many troubles but the Lord delivers them from them all." Jesus tells us that we will have trouble and adversity in this life but that He will:

  • Be with us through it all. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • He works all things together for good for those who are in Christ Jesus... Romans 8:28
  • He has overcome the world (John 16:33)
  • We are more than conquerers (Rom 8:31-39

So if you are in the trenches of adversity, my prayers go out to you, but take heart God's got you and you will overcome.

Download today's Coloring page

"A" for Adversity

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If you have not already, you can also download the front and back cover below:

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Here's a song that I hope you will enjoy and that will remind you of the truths that we've chatted about today.


What's one of your favorite songs to listen to when you need uplifting?

Thanks so much for joining me on the letter "A" today. Be sure to print out your coloring page. I'll be coloring mine in this week and sharing a photo of it here next week. I would love if you'd share your colored-in pictures on social media, be sure to tag me (@danipettrey) and use the hashtag #alphabetforthesoul so I'm sure to see it.

Let's get creative friends! See you next week.

To see all letters and download all coloring pages, go to the Alphabet for the Soul page.

Adventuring on with you,