To me, standing firm in my faith means I let God be in charge regardless of what my feelings say or how things look. That's not always easy to do when circumstances seem dire. The choice is mine to believe He controls all or nothing at all. There is no gray area.
The Bible says we are to praise Him in everything. And as weird as it seems, I've begun thanking Him for those things of lesser value. In a book I read recently, Power in Praise, Merlin Carothers says if we dwell too much in fear and doubt we block God from entering the situation. On the other hand, thanking and praising Him for it releases his power. And it seems to change how I feel about it. I'm kind of excited to see what He does.