Thank you God for life. Thank you for the struggles I’ve endured that brought me out a stronger and better person. Thank you for putting me on the path to reach you and to achieve greater potential. Thank you for guiding me to the truth, to believe in you, and to be with you, in Jesus’ name, amen. ~dp
So I asked myself… have I really changed? Can people actually change? Is this possible? I know when people hit the ground hard enough, they are forced to change, but do they eventually go back to being their same, old selves? I have been working on self-improvement for several years, but it’s hard for me to tell if I am truly changing. I still find myself having recurring thoughts and habits. At least I am aware of them, and I do feel a little stronger and less of a people pleaser. I guess after all those years of having the same thoughts and habits, that they are so ingrained in me, and that change is a gradual process. It’s sort of like an etched stone when the engraving eventually wears off. I am practicing patience, because I am determined to break free from the grip of the mind.
Keeping a balanced lifestyle is important for well-being and happiness. Do your job, but take time for other activities or hobbies you enjoy doing. Exercise regularly but get proper rest. Eat healthy and then every once in a while indulge in a favorite dessert. Love yourself but don’t be narcissistic. Stay strong but be humble. Be confident but not arrogant. Be kind and willing to help others, but avoid being taken advantage of. Keep your emotions under control. When we experience loss, it is normal and natural to grieve as part of the healing process.
Just when things are moving along fine and then BAM something bad happens (at least we think so at the time). It has happened to all of us. We immediately ask why. Why did this happen, what am I doing wrong, why can’t things work out, etc. It’s especially hard on parents when it happens to their children. Some parents would rather take the fall than to see their children suffer. God wants us to grow in grace. God wants us all to learn to be strong and responsible but yet loving and compassionate. How do we learn to be good if there isn’t bad? How would we know about light if there wasn’t dark? We have to learn to accept things as they are, because it’s all part of life’s lessons. Keep the faith no matter what.