Who you are today is the sum total of what you have encountered in your life and your reactions. Abuses and afflictions hammer us one way, encouragement and praise inflate us another. Our reaction to each event, whether that event was positive or negative, is poured into our creative morrow of our individuality, where it is blended into the nature of our character.
It can be easy to get discouraged when you make a mistake or fail at something. The key to overcoming the doubts and discouragement that play in your mind is to forgive yourself, learn the lesson, and keep going.
It is my attempt to give you some measure of comfort that you can use personally and in your dealings with others when life gives a “bum rap” or a “harsh turn,” and that you can seek not merely the "why", but rather the “how” we can grow and be improved, stronger, recovered, and thus more rapidly able to grow in Him ourselves as well as make Him known to others. We can learn that what we have gone through has a reason and can be used for God’s glory and our betterment!
Do you ever feel like life just isn't going the way you planned it? Perhaps you find yourself on the verge of giving up on a dream. Your job search seems fruitless. A relationship keeps hitting a brick wall. You get a little extra money, and then an unexpected expense saps the money as quickly as you got it. Sometimes life is about plowing ahead when the road gets long and hard. When you feel exhausted and weary, that's when it is essential that you take charge before you burn out or give up.
Like you, I've been there. One of the best skills you can gain in life is the ability to navigate the unexpected turns and setbacks life throws your way. Life doesn't always go the way we plan it. In fact, it rarely does. Let your challenges build the kind of character and perseverance that will empower you to stay the course - and win the race that's been set out for you.
Some life events are so powerful that they are indelibly branded into our consciousness’s, even if we are not directly involved in them.
Birthing Your Dreams And Visions
"Where there is no vision, the people perish"....—Proverbs 29:18 KJV
It is important to have dreams and visions for our lives. We atrophy without something to reach for. God has created us to have goals. We need to look beyond where we are.
Our dreams and visions are simply hope for a better tomorrow. When God plants a seed of something in our heart, at that point it is a possibility, but not a "positively". That seed must be cared for properly.
Quite often the Lord attempts to place something in our heart, and we fail to conceive that He really means what He is saying. We must remember that we cannot get pregnant with a dream or a vision unless we are able to conceive. Practically speaking, that refers to our thoughts.
We must believe a thing to be possible. We must be able to conceive it in our thoughts. If we do get past the conception, there is still the pregnancy to go through. There is much planning and preparation before the birth. Satan does everything he can to get us to abort our dreams and visions.
God has a vision for your life, and He desires to plant it in your heart. Don't have a "spiritual abortion." Give birth to all that God has placed within you.
Say This: "I will not give up the dreams and visions God has placed within my heart. I am determined to see them through to the end."