Don’t Confuse A Season for A Lifetime

 

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When going through difficulties, we often wonder if this season will ever end.  During this time, we tend to get desperate, become blinded, and lose all hope.

When things are bad, it will pass!  But the fact that it will get easier doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt right now.  For those of you hurting and walking through a difficult season, here are several reminders I’d like to share with you.

  1. Pray without ceasing!  God hears you and He is carrying you through it.
  2. Nothing last forever, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
  3. Get your focus off your problem and focus on helping others,  It works wonders!
  4. Spend time in the beautiful outdoors.  Exercise, read a book, or simply take time to be still in a quiet spot outside.
  5. Remind yourself, that although your situation may be a difficult one, you are not the only one.  There is always someone going through similar situations, or even worst.
  6. With God ALL things are possible!  God doesn’t tell us, “some things are possible,” rather he promises that  “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.”   Remember that!
  7. Consistently, hope in the Lord and soon your perspective will shift.
  8. And, finally, don’t confuse a Season for A Lifetime.  Things will change, they will get better and this season you’re walking in, without a doubt, will come to an end!

Have a Blessed Easter my friends!

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“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

 

 

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Ebb and Flow

 

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The movement of water is a continual Ebb and Flow.  A rhythmical pattern of coming and going or decline and regrowth.  We experience this ebb and flow in our own lives also.  If you notice the pattern, we too are in constant movement, experiencing phases or seasons of ebbing and flowing.

There was a time in my life where I was easily agitated by any degree of change. The moment there was change, my mind would immediately go into what I call “story telling mode”.  The stories would play out in my head, usually negative of course, which in turn would cause my anxiety to grow with each passing moment.

The only constant is change

But, I soon realized, that change is inevitable whether we choose to be anxious about it or not.  At any given moment, we will experience some degree of movement in all facets of our lives.  People change and situations change. When, how, and why situations end and another begin is unknown and certainly out of our control, so might as well accept them.

Reasons and Seasons

Eventually I began to look at my life in the bigger picture.  I stopped looking for the reasons why things evolved, turned directions, or ended.  Instead I understood that we all go through seasons, which ultimately meant the situation was here for a while, not here to stay.

Whether I like it or not, that isn’t point

I admit, acceptance and surrender doesn’t come easy.  It has taken me quite some time to understand that it isn’t about liking the process or even my own comfort. The game changer began when I whole heartedly believed that God allows things with a bigger plan in mind, and I don’t have to like it, see it, or even agree with it!

In life, circumstances will continue to change.  Relationships will come and will go. Emotions fluctuate. Perspectives shift.

But I will embrace it all and release control, to the ONE WHO KNOWS IT ALL.

 

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

Jeremiah 29:11

 

A Makeover Without Makeup

To me remodeling a home feels much like getting a tooth pulled without Novocain, it’s painful!  During this past week, we have been chipping away at our tile throughout our house replacing it with new and improved floors.  Sounds exciting I know, but it’s a messy business.  We’re still living in our home during the renovations, along with the dust and disorganization that comes with it.

Last night as I walked through my disheveled home, I looked in rooms that still had remnants of old flooring, broken up into little pieces, while other rooms had shiny, new floors installed just hours before.  But my house is a continual work in progress.

This morning while having my cup of coffee I was thinking that much like this renovation, our lives are also a continual work in progress. At times our lives must go through a rebuilding because let’s face it, some changes were necessary.  And no doubt this may feel like we’re being chipped at by someone using a well-tuned chisel causing much pain. Other times we may look and feel disheveled and wonder how we are ever going to get ourselves back up again.

But when our lives go through a makeover, be certain that God is busy at work making us a masterpiece.  We are his work in progress because he wants to make us shiny and new.

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And yes, the changes might be messy and painful, but be strong and courageous. Allow God to continue His work, so that you can become all that he created you to be.

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Is The Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

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“If you don’t like something change it; If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”  

We all go through difficulties in our lives.  Sometimes our difficulties come from family problems, other times it’s our jobs, or perhaps something more serious, such as an unexpected illness.  Through the years I can tell you that I have experienced many difficulties, some more intense than others.  I am sure many of you have too.  So, it got me thinking about myself and others and how very differently we view life.

How we look at situations makes ALL the difference.

When looking at a glass with water inside, how do you perceive it? Do you perceive the glass with enough water or do you see it almost empty? Much of life is just like this too.  When you’re faced with a trial, do you roll over in fetal position thinking you will never come out of this or after having a big cry, do you dust yourself off and get back up?

I believe over time how we handle each situation becomes a habit on how we handle all other situations thereafter.  We have control as to whether we are an optimist or pessimist. Here are 7 ways we can learn to see the glass half full and hopefully, with much practice, allow it to become a habit on how we view everything else.

  1. Stop allowing your negative thoughts to control you.

Focus on positive, good and pure thoughts.  Keep yourself busy with things that will distract you from your own problem.  Help someone in need, go out for a long walk, or talk to a good “positive” friend.  Which brings me to point no. 2.

  1. Surround yourself with positive people.

During this time, you certainly don’t need anyone saying how terrible this is, or why did this have to happen, etc.  Make sure you spend your time with people who encourage you and help you see the positive in between the hard areas.

  1. Listen to uplifting music.

Crank your radio up!  Whether it is Christian music, or your favorite genre it doesn’t matter.  Music fills your soul and will improve your mood instantly.

  1. Look and pay attention to the signs God puts in your path.

While you go about your day, be aware of the signs God places in your way.  He speaks to us at every moment, if we remain open we will see it.

  1. Detach from outcomes.

Trust that when things don’t work out quite the way we hoped for, that just means something better is on its way.  God will never take something away without replacing it with something better.

  1. Live one day at a time.

Don’t live in your past or the future because it will only cause you pain.  Learn to live for today only and when your mind goes any further than today, reel it back.

  1. Surrender your situation and leave the rest to God.

Let it go!  The truth is we have zero control over anything in our lives.  When you know with certainty you have done your personal best to help your situation, that is all you can do!  Surrender the rest and wait patiently on God.

In closing, remember that there is always something positive in all situations. All we have to do is look for it.

 

 

 

Life is made up of small moments

If you’re always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in?

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Life is not a race, take time to savor “now.”

Remember that our lives are made up of millions of small, seemingly insignificant moments.  Don’t race through them, this is your life.

Maneuvering Your Vessel

 

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Small boats are quite interesting vessels because they freely allow to be maneuvered wherever the captain wants to go.  Sometimes they are taken through rough waters where pounding waves and rain threatened to overturn it to the point of capsizing. Other times, boats pass through smooth, serene waters requiring minimal guidance. With what seems to be a light touch, the waters gently escort the boat without much movement or maneuvering, gliding through its destination convinced it is their fate.

In a similar fashion I believe our lives are much like this.  When we allow to be steered freely our experiences are quite different.  Like a small boat, we accept where life takes us.  We don’t fight rough waters, but rather navigate through them with ease.  We learn to trust our journey, riding the wave with the assurance that as all storms before it, this too shall pass. 

When life brings us through serene waters we glide through them just as freely.  We embrace the moments of calm and use it as a time of reflection.  But it is important in both instances however, similar to the small boat, we go with the flow, accepting fully where we are at any given moment with a grateful heart.

The Difference between liking and loving Someone

What is the difference between “I like you” and “I love you”?

In case you’re wondering, Buddha answered this beautifully.  In such a profound, yet simplistic answer, this is what we all need to remember.

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When you LIKE a flower, you just pluck it.

But when you LOVE a flower, you water it daily!

One who understands this, understands life!

The Five W’s Of Life

 

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WHO you are is what makes you special.  Don’t change for anyone.

WHAT lies ahead will always be a mystery.  Don’t be afraid of the journey.

WHEN life pushes you over, you push back harder.

WHERE there are choices to make, make the one you won’t regret.

WHY things happen we will never be certain, trust that God has a plan.

This Very Moment

 

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Life sometimes feels like a long and winding road.

At times the road is straight and feels smooth.

Other times the road is long and bumpy.

As we go through this life, we are all on our own individual, ever-changing road.

When your road is smooth and easy, make sure to thank God, and enjoy this season.

When your road is difficult and bumpy, make sure to thank God as well, for in this season you are growing, learning, trusting, and moving closer to Him.

Today, I don’t know which road you are walking on.

But whether you are cruising through your road or attempting to navigate through the bumps, remember this.

You are where God wants you to be at THIS very moment.

EVERY experience is part of His divine plan!