I have to face it, everything about 2017 was more than a challenge.  I don’t want to say that it was the worst year yet – because it wasn’t, but it was probably a close second, possibly third.  Usually, I am able to figure out what lessons I have to learn in any misfortune that comes to me.  But, to be honest, 2017 was very unsettling and upsetting for me, emotionally and physically.  As I took a look back these last few days trying to figure out everything, I questioned myself – How have I changed??  I know that everything in life will never be perfect, and that there will be struggles in every season, but what did I do to bring about such negativity and selfish people into my lives.  Also, why was I unable to let it all go?  Why can’t they let me go?  I always thought that I was a strong person inside, and perhaps that’s how it may seem to the outside world looking in – but in my heart i’ve just been fragile as an old egg shell, waiting on a person to step on me hard enough that I would actually break for good. View Post

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Have you ever had a hard time getting over something hurtful that somebody has done to you?  Being able to forgive the people who may have hurt you is a huge step to healing spiritually and emotionally.  It is unavoidable during the course of our lives, to at some point, not get let down by others. Although these disappointments can cause us all a lot of distress and heartache – with faith, it could also help mold us into better people; the most positive result of this is, we could grow to be more compassionate, caring and Christ-like. We can also can learn beneficial life lessons about what really matters to us and others.

What I’m trying to explain is – you won’t be able to avoid disappointments – but what’s most important is how you ultimately decide to deal and react to them. All of your reactions will have consequences,  eventually determining whether you will be able to heal and move on, or allow negativity to fester and drag down your emotions for the long run.  Secondly, it is significant to realize that – View Post

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For many people, the idea of being “blessed” is somehow automatically thought to be physical rewards in our lives.  Whether it be a brand new car, a rewarding career, living in a beautiful home, having access to more money than you can count – when some people come across situations like these,  they may think that the person in question is by all means “blessed.” No one is wrong to think or to believe that such successes are indeed blessings from God.   What is not right is when individuals who are having a hard time in life, when nothing seems to be going the way that they want, or when they start to compare their lives to non-believers that are more successful than they are start to feel, think or believe that they have not been blessed at all.   Despite what you may be going through, you are still blessed!  But, in what other ways are we all blessed, other than the ways people deem obvious? View Post

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I want to share with you all a short story.  Trying to stay upbeat and positive – today was just not the day for me.  I was having a really stressful time at work.  I am currently learning a new desk and starting tomorrow, I will be on it by myself for the next few weeks.  By the middle of the day, I found myself extremely overwhelmed with the amount of work, the rate at which it was coming to me, and having to cram new information down last minute that I will need to know to do the job efficiently.  I complained to a couple of people, while another handful voiced a change in my demeanor.  With that, I quickly grabbed my purse and headed out the door, looking to clear my head completely during lunch.

During my break, I logged into Facebook.  The very first thing that I saw was a post from an old high-school classmate.  She spoke about how she was initially going to post a complaint, but instead would give God thanks.  What she shared immediately made me think of how I was feeling all that morning while on the clock, and what my mind should actually be focused on instead.  She said in part:

But when I got on here & turned on The News & seen the People of Texas that Spirit of Complaining left Me Immediately! I Wanna say this instead, “Give Thanks Inspite of!”, “Give Thanks in The Mist of!”, “Praise HIM in Advance!”, “Know that HE WILL Make a Way out of No Way!” & That Nothing is More Important than to WAKE UP WITH YOUR LIFE!!!!! Everything Else Can Be Recovered but Once a Life is Loss it Can NOT! Amen!

When I read that status, I couldn’t help to feel touched, and I’ll admit, even a bit emotional. View Post

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