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Everyday life comes with different symbolism of punctuation marks. Depression could be a comma (,) or a full stop (.) or a semi comma (;) and so on. It all depends on your perspective. Truth is, our perspectives shape our views and our views create our beliefs. Ultimately, when we believe our beliefs, they become our reality.
Today, the question on my mind is:
“When life offers me a full stop, what do I do? What perspective should I hold dear when the chips are down?”
Have you ever imagined what it felt like for David in 1 Samuel 30:6? For David, it was a full stop situation. His followers contemplated stoning him, but he had a perspective of his situation that shaped his reality. Is it safe to say that his perspective turned his supposed full stop into a comma on his journey of life? The answer for me is a YES!
The next time life offers you a full stop, before your thoughts wander towards helplessness and depression, remember that:
1. You can only be stuck on the journey of life when you feel stuck in your mind.
2. You may be alone BUT you are never left to yourself. God is with you.
3. Check the people in your space. Be sure that they are right for the season of life that you are in. Keep the right company.
4. You need to be resilient and focused on your purpose.
5. Draw encouragement from your past successful experiences and from other success stories.
6. Recognise that on this journey of life, you can’t know everything about every situation. Ask the Lord in faith, and receive clear instructions for your next step before you set out.
7. You need to be consistent in good works. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Psalm 112:4, Galatians 6:9 “…let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit…”
8. Before you decide on the next step, be sure. Be very sure that your motives are right.
9. Don’t let this full stop situation hinder the pursuit of your dream. There are many waiting for you to take that move. Other people’s journeys are connected to yours. When you meet them, be careful to recognise them, because they come disguised. Be careful how you manage your relationships, they can slow you down or grant you acceleration.
In conclusion, I want you to know that even if your full stop situation seems to be coming from your spouse who should be your number one fan, you must recognise that you don’t have to be a clone of your spouse to prove that you love him or her. Just be yourself, celebrate your strength, let your strengths advance the welfare of your spouse, but do not forget to consciously and consistently work on your weaknesses.
Mrs. Audrey Joe- Ezigbo said it like this at the February edition of Sister Power Gathering:
“’Nobody should define you by the things God is refining you with.’ We need to commit to the refining process.”
I hope this piece of encouragement did you good? Please leave a message in the comment session or @Idaretoblossom, Facebook Page: I Dare To Blossom or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget that tough times are meant to refine us, so like Mrs. Audrey advised, ‘commit to the refining process.’
My name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a full life
Father, give us the grace to deal with whatever full stop situation we may be faced with today. Help us to maintain our peace and joy knowing that You are always in charge, You have never lost control for a moment, no wonder the earth is still intact. From age to age, You are still the same! Your love and faithfulness to us has never changed. Thank you Jesus!
- Holy Bible/The Message Translation: Psalm 112:4, Galatians 6:9, 1 Samuel 30:6.
- Sista Power Gathering is a once-in-two-months gathering of women that holds in most cities of the world. It advocates that women should come together in godly love and support one another. One of their slogan is Together We Are More.
- Mrs. Audrey Joe-Ezigbo is a prolific Writer/Entrepreneur and can be described as a woman after God’s heart. Amidst the several caps she wears, she is a director and co-founder at http://falcon-corporation.com/ ; http://doubleimpactplatform.com/ and she blogs at http://uniquely-woman.blogspot.com.ng/
- ‘Nobody should refine you by the things God is refining you with’. Quote by Bidemi Mark-Mordi, www.bidemimarkmordi.com
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