Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do.
Orison Swett Marden
As you walk through life, it is important to have faith. Trust that good things will come your way, and that bad things will work out in the end. The theme at my church this year is, 'Trust in God.' As I began this year, I've focused on applying this theme to my life. With graduation day approaching, I'm in the process of applying to colleges. While setting up for this new level in my life, I've already faced challenges. As I finished an online application, a restart notification prompt appeared on my screen. I cautiously postponed it, but
accidentally deleted my 250 word essay. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and thought back to Proverbs 3:5, ¨Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” I retyped my essay instead of letting the situation destroy me. While waiting for my mother to proofread the essay, the session timed out losing all of my work on the writing portion. I had to type the essay a fifth time on a different device after the computer restarted and froze. With my sanity and my hair still attached to my scalp, I was able to turn my application in on time.
It's important to have trust. I could have easily given up, and not finished the application. Instead, I kept faith and trusted in God. You can't give up. You have to hold onto faith. Trust in yourself. Trust in your ability. Trust in your future. Trust in God! My application process was clearly a struggle, but I made it through.
My Pastor taught me the that the process may hurt, but the promise is great. He used an example of grapes. Grapes are squeezed, pressed, and crushed, however; the end result is a sweet product. Like grapes, we are squeezed in life, only to become better than we were before.
Sending out positive vibes, I challenge you to have faith. Trust in God and yourself, and watch blessings unfold. Do not worry about the process, focus on the promise.
Happy New Year! We made it into 2016. Reflecting back on 2015, I entered a new realm. I faced trials that gave me a greater understanding of love, time, and myself. Now that a new year has begun, I am more equipped to handle situations with wisdom and compassion.
2015 was the year that I accepted my potential. Once I began to believe in myself, opportunities and success continuously fell at my feet. I was appreciating my progress, but I hit a wall. I poured my love into someone who couldn't love their own self. This resulted in me getting hurt. I had been giving away so much time and love, expecting a response, and not getting one. For a while I was in a rotten, emotional state. I was beyond out of my character and everyone noticed. After a refreshing night at bible study, I welcomed forgiveness in my heart for myself and my friend. During my recovery I spent my time loving myself and my family. The greatest thing I learned from my unrequited love experience is that I love hard. Knowing this put me in the position to further understand love. I watched 'The Passion of Christ' and studied the depth of unconditional love. I'm extremely grateful to say that in the last days of 2015, I was placed on a whole new level. God used my only downfall of that year to excel me into greater aspects of life. In 2015 I was placed in front of a guarded gate. Now that it's a new year, I've been clothed in armor and given the key to enter and receive what was promised to me.
It is a new year! You have a fresh start. Step into it expecting success, spreading love, and leading with wisdom.
Sending out positive vibes for the first time in 2016, I challenge you to gain an understanding of love for yourself and get a clear view of the relationships in your life. 2016 is the year of love, and it's time to walk in it. Have an amazing year!