PREPARE YOUR EYES TO READ AND YOUR HEART TO RECEIVE AS YOU TAKE IN THE WORDS THAT LOOK TO CHANGE LIVES, RENEW HEARTS, AND OPEN MINDS.
For whatever reason, we tend to believe that when we begin to experience hardships within our lives, it's the end of our existence. One of those times could have been when you separated from your boy or girlfriend, or you had to choose to pay the light bill, buy groceries, or renew your car insurance?
You might not have experienced these situations mentioned above but, I can bet that you have been or currently going through a crisis that has kept you up at night, sitting in silence, lashing and blaming others, or contemplating suicide.
During our times of hardship, it is unimaginable to the individual going through their circumstances that they could be in the midst of growth. These challenging moments are when you are being molded and groomed for the next phase of your life.
If you think about the life cycle of a potted plant, it will continue to grow as long as it receives the required light, air, and water. The soil must be tilled or changed to avoid the nutrients becoming depleted and hardened, resulting in a dead plant.
Pruning, which is selectively removing dead, dying, or diseased items such as branches, buds, and spent flowers, must be done to sustain the growth of the living and thriving areas of the plant. We are just like the plant and require new soil to change our mindset or our perspective of our lives. We often get too comfortable within our environment and with the company we keep. When we start facing trials and tribulations, this is the pruning process of removing the dead, dying, or diseased relationships.
Have you ever considered how much time and energy we waste wallowing in doubt and worry? Instead of leaning into these moments and approaching them as self-improvement, we stay consumed by fear, stress, and anxiety with questions such as why me or playing the blame game and "whodunit?" These insurmountable situations are a means to test your resilience and maturity to see if you're ready for your next level.
It's during these times when you should not lean on your understanding and "lift your eyes to the hills, from whence cometh your help"(Psalms 121:1).
You must appreciate and acknowledge the processes. Adjust your thinking to recognize you are in a season of growth and development, and you are on the path to finding that version of yourself that you never knew existed. #SPEAK2MYHEART