What Season are you experiencing?
Just as the earth cycles through spring leading into summer followed by fall and winter revisiting summer -- such is the nature of things in our lives.
We enter the happy season of summer where "all is well" followed by the endless waiting-for-something turning into a grinding season of "tests-and-trials" at-nearly-every-turn or perhaps a climate of spiritual warfare and the list could go on and on. It can be difficult to know how to live fully in Christ when we are in the midst of change during the the various seasons of our lives.
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
The Lord created seasons of diversity to get our attention in order to equip us with the tools we need to deal with life as well as to mold us into who He intended us to be. If you are ever going to be happy and really want to enjoy a "Life of Abundance in All Seasons" you must know how to handle the different "Seasons of Change" that you will encounter each and every minute of every day, week, month, and year.
Black and White is only in fairy tales, Not Life.
When we understand that the various seasons present opportunity requiring responsibility serving a purpose in life, you will appreciate God's grace towards you and the abundance that comes from the different situations. God has a plan for you and is with you at all times;
Enjoy the ride; God has a plan for you;
PLACE THE SEASONS OF YOUR LIFE IN GOD'S HANDS!
Your Struggles a Gift in Disguise
We are all too familiar with the struggles and hardships mixed with the wins and celebrations during our journey in life. During the "Darkness" we may not always view these experiences as favorable when we come face to face with illness or at the end of a relationship feeling pain and hurt or even betrayed by life itself we begin to question our circumstances..
I know what it is like to be in the "Depth of Darkness" having no hope of a slither of light shining through at the end of the tunnel when I was dealing with a herniated disc to being labeled as having auto immune disease to name a few.
When we are finding our way through the maze of darkness we basically have two choices: 1. Surrender to your circumstances.
2. Tap into the inner resources which you didn't know you had and come through it stronger and more humble than you were.
You are not your circumstances but something far greater.
It is the good and bad experiences ---- The Gift of the Struggle" --- in it's purest form which has the greatest impact in our lives shaking us to the very core; which brings us to our knees questioning the purpose of our lives and asks you to dig deeper into you and find the gold of who you are.
Let your "Struggles be your Strength"
Is Darkness Winning the Battle?, It's because light is not doing its job!
We all have light and darkness within and around us. Various circumstances and people in our lives affect us in different ways by bringing out our best qualities allowing us strive to be better individuals and pushing us to do our best. On the other hand, there are situations or people that bring out our worst qualities causing toxic and volatile energy which may end up holding us back or tearing us down.
I must admit, There have been times in my life when I have experienced overwhelm or I have felt as if "I am in over my head" causing my perception to become distorted as I formed irrational expectations on how a situation should work out. As a result, I didn't see the negative changes taking place in me by my surrounding environment and I lost myself with my light along with it.
Its seems as if we try to run from our darkness by suppressing it and pretending it doesn't exist. You will never fully appreciate the glow of your bright light without darkness.We must fuel our light by facing darkness head on accepting circumstances and who we are on our path to becoming our best "self" It is at that point that we are able to move forward with a light that shines brighter than we can ever imagine.
What sparks a light in your life to illuminate the world around you?
Bring Everything to Light!
Embrace Your Darkness!
In today's society, I believe the pressure to suppress negative feelings is alive and well.
Learning to connect to your "dark side" is equally essential for a fuller life experience. There are "Closets" in our lives which encompass buried feelings during our journey that we don't want to see: perhaps painful memories, past shame, disowned pieces such as anger and resentment and even the wounds of life. We pretend a lot not to notice or we hide our true feelings in order to avoid these aspects of ourselves. The "Power of Positivity" has a place in our day, but negative emotions must be addressed in order to find happiness..
In life there's no instruction manual providing details on how to deal with our feelings,
"Acceptance is the first step in dealing with "Darkness" ,
It does not involve trying to change the circumstances or how we feel, but taking them as they are which lead to:
*emotional resilience and fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.
*positive mental health and higher levels of satisfaction in life making you happier
It is natural to feel bad sometimes as we fight with ourselves when feeling such as frustration anger or resentment appear. Accept these feelings knowing they are only temporary and you are in control through choice.
See the brighter and authentic YOU by Embracing your dark side!
Debra Vogel is an entrepreneur, public speaker, real estate professional and the author of Failing Forward. Follow along as she challenges your perception of failure to achieve success in life..