For every mountain top there is a valley...
Every one of us can attest to having gone through a hard time in life. It might have been something that was unexpected or a consequesnce to our own actions. Nonetheless, it is important to guard your heart during these times; for out of your heart is where all actions of life are derived!
1. Meditate on Gods word - If you feel lost as to where to start...start by reading one chapter in Psalms and one chapter in Proverbs. Psalms is the "building you up" and Proverbs is "giving you wisdom". I am going to dedicate to read one of each every morning for 30 days.
2. Surround yourself with people who uplift you and love you enough to speak the truth when needed. - when you are in a trying time it is imperative that you have friends who will not let you fall back or who will keep encouraging you (not making excuses for you to behave ill-mannered); a true friend, "speaking the truth in love" will risk being liked in order to help you.
3. Pray - Simply put, prayer is talking to God. Do I always kneel, or close my eyes, or am I in a quiet place when I talk to God? No. Most of the time it is in the busyness of my day, driving the kids around, studying, working or getting ready for the day. Prayer is not something I do just once a day or over my meals. No, it is throughout my day! Why? Because who else better to talk to than God? ;) He is my friend, and to build that relationship, there needs to be conversation! He is my first love, and I know that His answer and direction will ALWAYS lead me in the right direction.
4. Confession - I have a story I'd like to share as an example...(I've changed the names for privacy). Rick had a friend whose father had passed away when he was 51 years of age. Rick used to go hunting with his friend every year and every year his friend would "confess" that 'when he turned 51, he was going to die too'. Do you know what happend? At the age of 51, on the day of his fathers death...he passed away... at the age of 51! Even though it doesn't "look" like the outcome is going to be good or you doubt your own ability to succeed - You must start by speaking it! James says it best...there is life or death in the power of your words! Let's speak life!
5. Visualization - When the previous 4 actions have been taken, this one is a "no-brainer". You will be able to see yourself in the very place you are striving to go. You will see yourself with that habit changed. You will see hope! If it helps, post pictures that set your mind on that which is good and verses to inspire and transform your thinking.
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."
- Abraham Lincoln
Make up your mind that no matter what happens; you are in control of your destiny and you are headed to a great future!