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The Payoff for Perseverance

Why You Should Never Give Up – Especially When Things get Tough!
By: Angela Joy

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After a recent incredibly discouraging situation in my life I learned a valuable lesson that I hope I never forget (and you won’t either).

For me, it was integral that I took the time needed to be angry, upset, and stressed. I tried everything in my power to try and ‘fix’ the situation (I think we all fall guilty to this). In return, my efforts left me discouraged, empty, angry and bitter. I wanted to give up. In fact many times I did give up.

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I took this valuable time to consider what my options were. My situation involved a career decision. I could go an alternate route, pursue other licensure, go back to my previous academic degree field of study, or keep going!

If I wanted to get to where I dreamt, hoped, prayed and desired to go – then I needed to do what was required to get there. Yes – I have come a long way. Yes – I thought I would be there by now. Yes – this would cost more money. Yes – this will cost more time. Yes – this would be incredibly difficult. Yes, yes, yes. Regardless – this is my option. And if I am one hundred percent dedicated to achieving my goal – then this is the option I am going to pursue.

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Most people around me don’t understand. My parents think my decision is ridiculous. I am sure if explained many would question, critique and criticize. But in the end, does what other people think about your life and your decisions ultimately matter? No. No, it does not.

They are not the ones waking up every day and living your life … you are! Therefore, you owe it to yourself to give your goals your ALL (regardless of what others may say). And, even if that means doing more, working extra, spending more money, dedicating more time, and going the extra mile. Even if you think you can’t, you likely CAN!

Things worth having, are things worth working for. Don’t forget that.

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One thing God has made clear to me, I will 110% appreciate the things that I work harder for over the things that have just fell into my life.

The things that are handed to me seem to be easily forgotten, less appreciated and less important.

However, the things I worked hard for, those are the things that I never forget! These are the things I greatly value and hold close to my heart. These are the things that define you.

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BUT it’s going to be so hard! Well, yes it is. Isn’t that why we need God? (For that and many other reasons of course) This is why we call on Him. We need Him for the things that are too difficult for us to handle. The things that seem impossible. Because in fact, they are impossible – in our own strength. That is why we give it to Him. When we put our life in His hands – He will take care of everything.

He places us into positions where we are unqualified, the work appears to be too difficult, the bills are too high, the expectations are too high – ultimately the circumstances are without our control. And – just when you think you can’t go any longer – He shows up. He swoops in and does His work. In His perfect timing.

In summary, I urge you not to give up when things get hard in this life. Hard work and difficult situations are inevitable!!!! We were made for difficult. We should expect difficult. No matter what you do in life there are going to be difficulties. There is even a scripture in the Bible to prove it!

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33

So, do the work, trust in God, ask Him for help, and have faith! It will ALL work out – for His good, His purpose

And all of that hard work, long hours, lost brain cells, and lost hours of sleep – will all pay off!!!!! 😉  J

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Feeling Stressed? Overwhelmed? Impatient? I Can Relate!

Stressed about life anyone? I saw this quote from “Godly.Waiting” on Instagram. “The reason you are so stressed in because you’ve been trying to figure it out on your own. Let go and let God make it happen. He’s already paved a way.”

I think we all have had a time or two in our lives where we try to figure things out on our own. We work in our own strength to make things happen in our life. We develop goals, plans, ambitions, dreams and hopes in an effort to attain happiness, success, recognition or what have you.

Goals and ambitions are really good things to have in our lives. But, what happens when life doesn’t turn out how we had hoped? What happens when you have worked tirelessly towards achieving specific goals and dreams all to find that they are not within reach. We don’t win, success, or follow the “plan.” Maybe, something went wrong, the money wasn’t available, a sickness occurred, maybe even a death – nevertheless, you are now being recalculated and the path towards your dream is closed off.

What do we do then? Do we give up? Keep trying? Start over? Or, do we stop?

Who is to say? Not me.

I have had numerous setbacks in my life. If you asked my five years ago if my life would be where it is now I would laugh at you. Nothing in my life has gone the way I had hoped, dreamed, planned.

Sometimes I get upset. Sometimes I want to do everything in my power to change my circumstances. Sometimes I want a do-over. Sometimes I obsess over what I can change.

However, what I really need to do is stop. Stop dead in my tracks and turn to the one who created me. Yes, He can instill desires and hopes in our hearts. Yes, we can have dreams that we think are pleasing to Him and part of His will. But, we can also be misguided. We can misunderstand, misconstrue, misinterpret what we are actually being told. On the other hand, this process of being “recalculated” can also be a learning experience or testing. The Lord works in mysterious ways. And it is not our job to understand all of the interworkings of His plan for our lives.

I have beat myself up time and time again asking questions such as these: Is this the will of God? Is He leading me here? Do I need to do this in order for His plan to enter into my life? What can I do to receive His blessing and direction?

I am sure that these questions are not too far off of your mind from time to time.

The Lord woke me up in the middle of the night after one of my long days of stressing out over my future and trying to “fix” my life in my own strength. He told me that there is nothing I can doNothing I can do in my own physical strength that will bring me any closer to His will and plan for my life.

There is one thing I can do, however!

What I CAN do is surrender. I can give my life to the Lord and trust that He will guide and direct my paths. Psalm 119:150 states, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path.” He is our light. Our faith and trust in Him directs our paths.

If we knew what God had planned for our lives then we wouldn’t have the opportunity to develop our faith in Him. He leads us exactly where we need to be at exactly the right time — when we put our trust in Him. (God is never late 🙂

Whenever I am feeling down, feeling the need to work in my own strength, or feeling disappointed — I use this time to look to the Lord for answers. (I look to Him for my strength and direction).

“Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.” Proverbs 16:32 (Having the self-control to trust in God)

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:17 (Which is what He told his disciples)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

It is truly amazing what God can do with our lives, IF we will let him.

Sometimes we need to take a big step back. We need to step back from our minute problems and difficulties. Yes, this scenario may seem big to us, BUT it is nothing for God. We must remember that He is in control. We are in the palm of His hands. He can change our situation around in a heart beat …. However, He can also allow us to stay in our situation.

In my life, I truly feel that the Lord is leading me to use this integral time in my life to grow closer to Him — to learn more about His teachings, grace, love, promises. To develop my faith and trust in Him. You never know, you may need to go through these “waiting” periods in order to handle the blessing God has on your life.

Regardless of what God has in store, it is our job to place our faith in Him. To call onto Him and ask that He guide, direct and strengthen us. God will never fail you. Please trust Him today 🙂 I promise He will give you everything you need, and more!

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20 (ESV)

Allow the Lord (the Holy Spirit) to work within you and develop the fruits of the spirit. Allow Him to come into your life. Allow Him to make a way where there is no way. He will provide, all you need to do is ask Him ❤

May God bless you in whatever season you may be in, whatever difficulty you may be facing, whatever struggle may be overpowering you.

 

Wishing you love, joy and blessings ❤

Angela Joy

Wednesday’s Dose of Inspiration

By: Angela Joy

Do what you love

Don’t be afraid to do what you love.

Fear is only a thought within the mind holding you in the current state that you are in.

Whatever it is that you love, dream and hope for — reach out and grab it. Ignore fear. Disregard everyone and everything trying to obstruct you from achieving your goals.

When all is said in done, you will be grateful.

If you let fear overcome your thoughts and actions, you will never know what could have become of your life.

Step away from your fears and closer to these things that you love. 

What are some things you are struggling with? In what ways are you able to overcome them? Have you been successful in pursuing your dreams, or are you allowing fear to overcome your actions? 

Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

Angela Joy

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