21 Quotes to Get Through Tough Times

1. “When your  personal storm comes, be so rooted in your faith that you stand like a palm tree…you bend, but you don’t break.” – Jewel Diamond Taylor

2.  “Family and friends can be a tonic or toxic.  You don’t have to give up on them.  Just give them UP to God.  Being a fixer and rescuer can be exhausting and unhealthy.” ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor

3. “Dream.  Let nothing dim the light that shines in you.” – Maya Angelou

4.  When your chest is heavy with stress, anger, fear, anxiety, and grief…stop and take a few deep breaths.  Lose the weight of other people’s burdens, expectations, demands, and opinions.  Exhale stress…inhale peace.  Exhale anxiety…inhale courage.  Exhale fear and inhale faith.  You got this.

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6.  “Problems grab us where we are weak.  They’re a call to get strong and master that area of our life.” – Tony Robbins

7. “All relationships go through hell.  Some GROW through it.” ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor

8.  “Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” – Theodore N. Vail

9.  “Our fatigue is often caused not by work… but by worry, frustration, and resentment.” – Dale Carnegie

10. “Lighten your stress load.  Let go of people, projects, and problems that are not your assignment.” – Jewel Diamond Taylor

11.  “Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”  – Leroy Satchel Paige

12. “Your struggle is real and so is God’s grace and mercy.  At any moment, any day, you can experience a breakthrough.  Shift happens and no one said life is fair or easy.  Trust the process. Read 1 Corinthians 2:9″ – Jewel Diamond Taylor

13.  This…too…shall pass.

14. ” It`s not the load that breaks you down, it`s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne

15. Adversity is a fact of life. It can’t be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it.  – Unknown

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17. “The true test of a person’s character is how they stand during test of adversity.   Are you experiencing a crisis, conflict, or unwelcomed change?  These are defining moments which reveal your true character and faith.  Will you be destroyed, defeated, or determined to be resilient?” ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor

18.  God’s promises He will never leave you or forsake you.  “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19    Put feet to your faith.  You have to get up and walk by faith.  Fear leads to paralysis.  Action leads to satisfaction. ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor

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20.  “Quitting can become a habit.  Stick don’t quit.” ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor

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Persevere through the hard times

      Millions of people suffer from depression (e.g. sadness, hopeless, fatigue and loss of interest). Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him/her.    For some this dis-ease is treatable.  Click this link to learn about the many types of depression.
      For some people depression is short term …a temporary blue mood.  Medical and mental health support is not in my wheelhouse.  I can offer emotional and spiritual support for those not suffering from chronic disorders of depression.  
      If you have short lived episodes of anxiety feeling sad and overwhelmed, I render these thoughts below for emotional and spiritual wellness with my Depression Poster below.

Sometimes you may feel that neither faith, joy or hope can find you.  You may be in a place of dryness, uncertainty and stagnation. You may stare at your low “joy ceiling”, pace the floor, sleep all day, eat compulsively or not eat at all.  You may isolate and want to give up because you ache for a divine and loving relationship, peace in your family, better finances, a home, increase in your business/ministry, help for your child, spouse of parent.  You may just want to be left alone or you may be yearning for connections and companionship. Maybe you are sick and tired of being sick and tired.

    If you find that all hope is gone, I pray you breathe in hope and remember the moments of sunshine and sweetness to heal your wounds and get through your difficult times.  I pray that you will not be weary in your well doing and live with hope, gratitude and resiliency.  I pray, that just like a flower is determined to bloom no matter the circumstances, that you will also bloom in spite of the brokenness in your life.
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     The flower in this picture went through dirt and broken concrete seeking the sunlight. Whatever you are going through, I pray that you “grow” through it so you can see better days.  I believe with every fiber of being that you can make it!  You are stronger than you realize.  Be resilient and push through your “dirt and broken concrete”.  Push through to see the light of your possibilities.  Push through today.  Push through believing that God is with you in the joy and pain…sunshine and rain.”  ~  by Jewel Diamond Taylor, author of “I Am Resilient, www.DoNotGiveUp.net/IAMResilient  To contact Jewel call 323.964.1736 or email – Jewel@DoNotGiveUp.net
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Enjoy this upbeat song “Don’t give up”

I’m Tired – Lost My Joy

Pain and suffering are gifts nobody wants.  I’ve come to understand and embrace the fact that life is bitter and sweet.  If we never experience pain or loss, we never really experience joy.  If we never learn how to cope with difficult times, we become hard, cold, afraid, self-centered, defeated, hopeless, overwhelmed and insensitive to the pain of others around us.

We all experience seasons of pain,suffering, delays, loss, discouragement and change.  You may be overwhelmed with your own issues of poor health, financial stress, divorce, unemployment or worry.  Or you may be overwhelmed because you are a caregiver for a loved one living with autism, addictions, mental illness, cancer or in prison.  It’s enough to steal your joy and sap you of your patience, time, energy, faith and finances.  Only those who have a mustard seed of faith, a remnant of hope and strong in their resolve to press on, will survive tough times. Conquering your giants requires you to live with the realities in your life and then empower yourself to take action.  In your exhaustion and suffering, I pray you find a fresh reason to hope and hold on to your faith.   Recognize the need for healing and strength to endure.   For us to receive the healing of emotional wounds, we must first acknowledge that we are hurting (Matthew 9:10-13, Revelation 3:17). Many of us have lied to ourselves as well as to others. We have said, “I’m really O.K.” or “It really doesn’t matter that much.” Or “I am ashamed and don’t want people to know.” Denial can become a habit, your unconscious defense mechanism.  Denial wants to reduce anxiety, pain, thoughts, feelings, or facts that are consciously too difficult to face.

Sometimes life is not turning right, it makes a left turn.  Sometimes your life doesn’t feel just fine (like Mary J’s song says) and you want growth, stability, progress, love, abundance, joy, health and peace.  Awareness and acceptance are the first place to start if you want to be delivered from pain into peace.

What issues in your life are you trying to avoid? i.e. weight/health, debt, loss, anger, abuse, poor choices in your relationships, family secrets, the pain from your past, bad habits that have become addictions, disorder and clutter in your life, employment, your age or fear of being alone?  Assess your stress! You may be asking, “Why do I keep repeating the same mistakes? How do I break this cycle of depression, worry or self-destructive addictions?” Why do I try so hard to get people to love me and understand me? How do I find some peace in my life instead of always falling to pieces? Why am I always comparing my life to others?

If you don’t honestly look at your pattern of behavior and beliefs, your mind traps will become stronger.  You may realize in this season of your life that you are caught up in an emotional and mental trap. You may realize that the source of your unhappiness and stress is your inability to free yourself from the traps.

As you begin to fully acknowledge that you are often ruled by a protective emotional mask and caught up in a trap to cope with life, your transformational process can happen. Do you genuinely want to make your emotional health a priority?  You can learn how to break the toxic cycle of poor emotional health which is destroying families, children, marriages, careers and even communities.

As you decide and commit to assessing, admitting, and reducing your emotional wounds, you will experience “aha” moments, breakthroughs, and new insights to free yourself from self-defeating mind traps. You will feel more clear, focused, alert, motivated, decisive, calm and centered.

The joy of sharing this information cannot be measured. I discovered so much about the mind and emotional traps through study, self-discovery, counseling, prayer and the courage to find my voice.  I began to discover some common mental and emotional traps.

     Rescuer Trap– Because of a parent’s weakness, absence orpush for excellence, a child can grow up fast and become the “little adult” and feels responsible for other family members’ welfare and comfort, and “keeping the family together. This trap makes one feel they must protect their caregivers and siblings because no one else will. This hinders the child from experiencing normal childhood development.

The need to help others even at the expense and risk of your own well-being is the mind trap. You can never say, “no” to someone’s requests. You receive emotional satisfaction playing the hero and the fixer role. The trap of a caretaker is feeling responsible for compensating for their personality-disordered loved-one’s behaviors, cleaning up any messes created by their actions and fixing any problems arising from their mental or emotional issues. Soon resentment, exhaustion, financial stress, poor health and isolation happen because of burnout.

     Martyr Trap– The Martyr refuses to indulge or enjoy even thesimple pleasures of life. As a result they are always victimizing and punishing themselves. The martyr type’s giving is often totally selfish, it’s not heart orientated giving, because the martyr is simply trying to get your attention by victimizing themselves – it’s an attention seeking strategy, selfish and dangerous. Martyrs are people who recognize they are being taken advantage of and choose to remain in the situation. Martyrs often seek sympathy for their plight. They seek support, advice and help from others.

The trap is believing you are stuck in a situation and seem to be unable to resolve it. Martyrs often believe it is their obligation to remain in their position in life. They would feel guilty if they let go of the current situation. They fear taking the risk to change the situation.

Martyrs are “professional” help seekers. They make the rounds of paid and volunteer helpers, advice givers, counselors/consultants–anyone willing to listen to their tale of woe. Unfortunately, they usually ignore the assistance, advice or direction they are given.

      Victim trap – People who are taken advantage of but areunaware of being treated as such. Victims are individuals whose rights are ignored and abused but were unaware that they would be treated in this manner before they entered the situation. Victims often suffer silently for long periods of time before they are able to verbalize the unfairness of their life situations. Victims frequently never seek help. They are often frustrated and lost as to what needs to be done to get them out of their current situation.

      Procrastinator Trap–This person is caught in a cycle ofavoidance. Their mind trap convinces them they more time or that they should wait until everything is perfect before starting. Or the mind trap will collaborate with your inner critic to convince you that you should wait until you are perfect before starting something new. This mind trap causes you to postpone unpleasant responsibilities and situations. This emotional trap is costly because you lose time and opportunities, your health deteriorates, your money, credit, integrity and peace of mind suffer. The procrastination habit is a thief!

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Still Standing In Spite of It All

When you feel at your wits end with stress, pain and a world that seems to be falling apart…remember only the strong survive.

You may feel forsaken, overwhelmed, exhausted and afraid.

Maybe your finances, relationships, health, doubt and hard circumstances make you feel like your world has turned upside down.  Maybe you feel like there is no secure ground to stand on to support you.

For those in grief, Christ offers comfort.  For those full of heartache or physical pain, He offers hope and healing. To those who carry emotional burdens and broken dreams, Christ offers His strength.  For those who struggle, He offers rest.

After the dust clears from dreams dropped, a job shattered, falling finances or the banging sound of change, you can still find a place of inner peace.  The Lord changes not and stands ready to guide and provide for you and your family.  Seek His comfort.  Study His word.  Surrender to His way.  Keep your hope and trust in the Lord even when everything around you seems hopeless.   Believe in God’s restoration and resurrection power for your life.  You can rise again.

Even during life’s darkest hours, confidently speak these words from Romans, “nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31-39).

My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. (Exodus 33:14)

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27)

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9-10)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)

Wednesday Word written by Minister Jewel Diamond Taylor, author, Conference Keynote Speaker, Women’s Retreat Leader, www.DoNotGiveUp.net – to book speaker call 323.964.1736 or email JewelMotivates@gmail.com

Feeling discouraged?

When you fall into a pit of exhaustion, fear, desperation or worry … be careful not to fall into the trap of doing desperate, destructive, sinful and illegal things to get out of your situation.

When the flesh or faith are weak, one can be tempted to seek short cuts to get out of a stressful situation (i.e. lie, cheat, steal, sexual favors, make excuses or blame others).DeliveranceDon’t fall prey to the temptations…pray for strength, self-control, guidance, peace and courage to press on.

“Though I have fallen, I will rise.  Though I sit in darkness,

The Lord will be my light. ~ Micah 7:8

I offer my e-book as a tool to assist you in digging your way out of a pit of depression, denial and discouragement. ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor

“Without God, our week would be:  Sinday, Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday and Shatterday.”  (e-mail author unknown)

Let Hope Feed Your Soul

The definition of HOPE is to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence…the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.

Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent. ~ Jean Kerr

If you’ve destroyed a man’s hope, you’ve destroyed the man. ~ John du Plessis

There is no worse death than the end of hope.~ Pelagius

One who has health has hope, and one who has hope has everything. ~ Arabic Proverb

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.~ Psalm 1:24

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up. ~ Anne Lamott

I have put my hope in your word. ~ Psalm 119:74

Hope dies last but is first to be resurrected from the ashes.~ Leonid S. Sukhorukov

Hope is the poor man’s bread. ~ George Herbet

Fear can hold you prisoner.  Hope can set you free. ~ The Shawshank Redemption

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

If it were not for hopes, the heart would break. ~ Thomas Fuller

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. ~ Psalm 23:18

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Our ancestors had hope for freedom.   Our President Obama had the audacity to hope.    Every time I’m at the end of my rope… I still have hope. ~ http://www.DoNotGiveUp.net

To book Jewel Diamond Taylor for your conference, women’s ministry, leadership training or seminars for overcoming depression, grief or stress, call 323.964.1736