Seasons come and it changes, but the word of God remains the same. The most difficult part of a season is the kick off and when it catches you off guard and most times it catches us when we are doing fine. What is your foundation? What or who is your life built on? My life is built on Jesus Christ he is my foundation and when these seasons hit me I knew who my foundation is.
Here in South Africa, Cape Town we can often have four seasons (weather) in one day. Like the weather, at times I experience many things in one season of my life. Yet I have learned to hold on to what is important to me and that is my God given destiny and to reach the destiny God has for me. I pursue the purpose of God for my life, yet at times I focus on the many things that come my way that could appear to break me, make me lose hope. These things bring confusion as to who we are and what we really want to do! What I have learnt is that I need to be steadfast in what I believe & find safety in my foundation which is Christ, also being grounded in the Word of God, as many will come & try to destroy what God is building.
I am going through all of this, but I know HE is in control. We must be willing to work with God for He is for us and not against us. A renewed mind in every difficult situation is the way to a positive life. Seek God in all you do, many will come during your seasons & try to advise you or tell you what to do, but what got me through was staying at His feet and always seeking Him for answers. Do not be discouraged or dismayed when no-one understands the way you handle your seasons, because it is all about what God says and not man for man’s ways are not God’s and people often will not understand.
When you are broken you are at the right place for Jesus to bring healing. Another thing I have realised going through seasons was always to renew my mind, to change my attitude to positive. Your reputation will be spoilt, rumours will be spread, you will be frustrated, hurt confused and angry. As long as that does not shape you or change who you are. We all have a God given purpose and the important thing to remember in life is to keep going through the season. When you know where you are heading and that you are fighting to get to where God wants you to be, you should focus your eyes on the “I AM”.
The things of this world will distract you from what is really on the inside of you. It is the choices that we make during our season that brings out the fruits of the spirit & what God has called us to as we begin to mature, seasons are there to grow us into maturity. It is a choice you have on how you will respond. I will choose to keep quiet, stay calm, seek God for wisdom, not to retaliate. If you do not change during or after a season you have something to worry about so what is important during suffering, difficulties & trouble is to focus on your growth, improvement & most importantly maturing.
God uses the seasons to make us stronger, to bring out of us what is not of Him, to build us, to mould us and to shape us into sons and daughters of Him and it is all for His Glory & once we can understand His will how we see things will change.
Remember in the end it is not about the season or tribulation you are going through, it is ultimately about you & God and where you are going (destiny/purpose) not about everything else around you.
As unique as our DNA, our thumb print, so unique is the story of our life. None of our stories are the same, it might have the same form but it can never be the same. People may be able to take many things from you, but they will never be able to take your very own story from you. Some people use their story for good of others, or for bad, many deny their story, but the empowered woman uses it to shape, influence and craft the next chapter of her life and those around her.
Our story is the fundamental foundation on which to build the life we desire. The building blocks are secured by powerful life cement called choice. What we choose today, we will live through tomorrow.
Choice is important daily in the way we approach our story and in the way we share our story. You can change how your story unfolds any moment you choose. I had a choice how I want my story to influence by future. So I chose a different direction. I choose Life.
Because of the abuse I experienced as a child, fear, loneliness and rejection had gripped me and I faced these feelings every day. My story of abuse was shaping my life, for a long time my thoughts and mind was shaped by the opinion of others, their opinion about me made me believe that I was worthless and nothing. I have come to realise that our words determine what we will have tomorrow. We shape our worlds by the words we speak.
There were two things I had to hold onto while finding myself in a place of despair and that was: My Faith and Dreams. You have the power in your hands to change how your story unfolds any moment you choose. Your circumstances and your environment has shaped you for long enough. It is now time for you to shape your environment and your life. After all – Your future is not a place you merely get to go too. Your future is the place you choose to create. Our story is there as a stepping stone to change us for the better, to empower and inspire us to choose a better life.
As we reflect on our individual stories each day, my hope is that we will realise that we were created for far more than we have settled for. Every day we are writing a page in the history book of our life.
Stories have been told from the beginning of time and stories will continue to be told till the end of time. Every life has a story and these stories inspire and encourage others on life's' journey. It is not how we start the journey that counts, but how we finish it.
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