Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trusting Your Journey


Have you ever thought to yourself - I am not where I thought I would be at this stage in my life. Where did I go wrong? Why didn't things work out? Why and how did I end up here?

These are all questions that many, if not all of us have asked ourselves at some point in our lives. Not knowing for sure what the answers are, we reflect on what we did or did not do that could have contributed to a particular season in our lives.

It is easy to become worried, anxious, and even afraid of a season in our lives because as long as we are not aware of the how we got to where we are, we become blind to the why we are where we are. There is a reason. There is a purpose. Here is where you must release all control and simply trust your journey.

How do you trust your journey? Believe me, it sounds easier than you think. Following, I have provided you with three steps on how you may find peace within the season you are in:

1. Let go of any negative thoughts.
The number one culprit in keeping us stuck - negative thinking. The average person thinks about 50,000 thoughts per day. If you are mindful of your thoughts from the second you wake up each morning and kept a tally of the negative ones, you just may surprise yourself because most of us think negatively without realizing it.

So how do you let go of negative thoughts? Bring them captive. Meaning, for any negative thought that pops up, immediately flip it into its opposite or something more inviting. If you do this throughout your day, you will learn to change your thoughts, bringing forth more positive energy and seeing your life - the season that you are in from a different perspective.

We have the power to control our thinking. Be mindful. Simply flip the switch!

2. Look for the blessings hidden within the season.
If you took your focus off of your circumstances, you will find blessings in abundance surrounding you. The beautiful thing about each day that we are blessed with is that God not only gives us another day to live and explore, but He gives us so many gifts that we oftentimes take them for granted. We take those gifts for granted because we are so focused on our season, making the circumstances bigger than God himself.

Learn to open your eyes to see and your heart to receive the many blessings we are given throughout each day. All it takes is for you to be mindful of your surroundings and of the people in it, for God is within everything and everyone. You cannot miss Him, unless you are not looking.
Learning to appreciate the blessings that you have will release more of the same into your life. So instead of focusing on your season and how things are currently, look for the many blessings surrounding you, count them and know that if God blessed you before, he will do it again.

3. Embrace where you are.
If you find yourself in a season that is unfavorable, you may try to resist it by trying to force what it is that you would like to see happen, but how many of us know that the will of God trumps anything that we may try to force or plan?

The easy way to get through a season in your life is to embrace it with nonresistance, love, and faith. If you try to resist a season in your life you run the risk of missing any lessons you need to learn and we all know that if we miss a lesson, it will repeat itself.

Embrace where you are by letting go and trusting that God will elevate you to the next season of your life when the time is right. He has a plan and purpose for everything and knowing that He does, should loosen your grip on wanting to control what is happening around you. Act from a place of nonresistance, love, and faith in all that you do and you will find yourself embracing your "right now" by letting go and trusting your journey.

I hope these tips help with seeing your season for what it is and what it came to teach you. You are being elevated through each season you encounter and as a result, you are stronger, wiser, and prepared for where you are headed. Happy trails.

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