How do we overcome? First, we focus on the character of God—He is good, His love never fails, nothing can separate us from His love, He is full of compassion, He will never leave us or abandon us and He is our refuge. Second, we recognize that we cannot see the good or the glory that comes out of heartache while we are in the middle of it. Hindsight is our greatest ally. Third, we choose to practice the presence of joy! We can prepare for the heartaches and troubles to come by anticipating our response and preparing a response of faith—a response that offers a sacrifice of praise and determines not to let the enemy of our souls steal our joy. We refuse to take offense at God and cut ourselves off from His love and compassion.