Resilience is the ability to bounce back or recover from difficulty situations. We know that the times we're living in require more hope and resilience than ever before. Through these posts, you'll get to meet members of our Defending the Cause staff and learn what resilience looks like in their lives.
Meet Jill - the Communications Director here at Defending the Cause Regional Alliance. When reflecting on a time in her life she was most resilient she shared about her experience being a young mom. “I was a mother at 19. I lost my community and the plans I had made for my life. It was such a lonely time for me, even though I wasn't alone. Everything was different and I had to make it up as I went along. I think it motivated me knowing what I wanted for my family and my baby. I wanted her to feel loved and supported and so I tried to create a space that would allow that.” Jill’s vision for a better tomorrow for her family and her child became motivating factors for her.
As resilience has been critical for all of us in this season Jill shares the new form it has taken in her life. “Being resilient in this season has to come with flexibility and grace - for yourself and for others. Flexibility and grace seem to be partners with resiliency. For me, being resilient looks like not giving up even when everything looks different and changing constantly.”
Jill shared that fear can be a barrier to resilience. “Fear keeps you from wanting to engage - it keeps you out of the game. Fear of failing or fear of what other people think. Being scared is normal – but we can be scared and do it anyway.”
Jill is passionate about being a soft place for others to land and, in turn, fostering resilience. “You can’t fix other people's problems, but you can be a soft place to land. A safe space where someone can find unconditional love and acceptance.”
Meet Heidi - the Church Relations Director for DTCRA who describes being resilient as the ability not only to fall and get back up, but also acknowledging that failure is part of the process and not the end.
When chatting resilience, Heidi shared, “I struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol. I got off drugs and then spent two years trying to quit drinking, without success. I never stopped seeking freedom from that addiction and by the grace of God, today I can say that I am free." Heidi credits this resilient nature to her faith and to her family. “[They] believed in me and supported me. Even when I made mistakes, they were there.” Heidi was resilient in trying again and again, one day at a time.