You may be saying to yourself…”It’s taking too long for my blessings to come. I’m a good person. I tithe. I serve. I help others. I do the right thing. I’ve turned my life around. I don’t cheat or steal. I offer up my prayers. I’m a loving person. Where is my mate, home, happiness, job or health?”
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverb 4:23)
Guard your heart and emotions. When you experience struggle, lack, shame, rejection and setbacks, these life experiences can shatter your sense of worth and hope. When things don’t work out or you feel your blessings of success are being blocked…be careful of those self-diminishing thoughts i.e. “I’m a loser, I can’t win, Why am I doing this, It won’t work, I can’t do this. What’s the use?”The enemy of doubt and defeat can take over if you don’t guard your heart and thoughts. You start to question your ability and opportunities. A season of drought can cause self-doubt and drain you of your strength.
You can’t hurry God or take short cuts. You don’t want to compromise your character or lose your faith, lose your way, lose your mind or lose your patience. When things go wrong, you don’t have to go wrong with them. Looking for love, comfort or a hiding place in someone’s bed, a bottle, food, drugs, excessive spending, anger or isolation are not the solution. Learn how to respond to stress and changes in your life with courage, optimism and prayer. Count your blessings. Go on a fast. Get outdoors. Go for a walk. Do not isolate yourself and turn your home into your cave. Your home should be your sanctuary. Enjoy some uplifting music. Don’t call up the “energy vampires” (you know those negative people who drain your faith, peace and strength). Make positive connections and be accountable to someone you trust to help you grow. Listen to my CD message about the toxic “straw” people who are unhealthy and detrimental for your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Take your attention off yourself and encourage someone else today. Place your attention on solutions, faith and action. Alter your thinking by laying your problems on the altar. Be encouraged and resilient. Some situations are beyond your control. The situations in your life that you can’t control or change … will change you. The question is, “How will you be changed? Will you be bitter or better? Will you get stuck in your pain or will you be self-motivated to press and persevere? Will you live with shame, anger or blame or will you become super intentional to learn the lessons so you won’t have to repeat them? Will you become more compassionate, discerning, and proactive or will you start acting like a powerless victim? Will you find your voice or will you become helpless and passive? Will you have more faith or have more fear and anxiety? Will you be crushed by the weight of life’s demands, trials and tribulations or rise and be resilient?
“Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart” (Psalm 31:24).
Surrendering and being still until your storm passes is not a sign of weakness. Sometimes it’s the best and only thing to do.
No matter how good a person you are or how much preparation you make, stuff happens.
No matter how strong the attack, be still and Trust God.
You may be experiencing envy, threats from bill collectors, loneliness, heartache or wondering how you will get through your season of drought. Read more in my book “Shift Happens.” ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor
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