Resiliency is not just about bouncing back from a challenge, but it’s also persevering while you are in the middle of your storm. It’s having the resolve to remain patient as you courageously push through, knowing that the storm will eventually come to an end and understanding that you have to just outlast it. It’s always easier said than done, of course, but establishing your resolve to endure through your challenges, whether it’s financial, health, marriage, the loss of a loved one or something else, requires the courage to remain patient throughout the process.
You can rest in God with confidence in knowing that He’s got you covered, no matter what you encounter. Life’s challenges can leave you feeling empty to the point that you have nothing to pour into others and leave you wondering if you have what it takes to get through the fight you’re facing. After you’ve fought, prayed and exhausted every resource to no avail, then it is time to hand it all over to God because you’ve come to the end of yourself.
In the middle of storms, resiliency requires you to understand that God will divinely grace you with the strength you need to continue the journey while still maintaining your inner joy. It doesn’t mean you’re walking around with a smile on your face all day, but it does mean that you can confidently know that your world is not coming to an end. You know that God will eventually use what you’ve gone through as a way to minister to someone else. Storms will mature and refine you, just as heat is applied to gold, to purge it from its impurities so its beauty can be seen by all.
As you endure through trials, not only should you care for your spiritual health, but you must also recharge with the stamina you need to carry out your daily routines. Exercising, eating healthy and doing things you enjoy can help you to remain productive and it can improve your overall wellness. Staying fully engaged with life is essential to maintaining your spiritual, emotional and physical well-being.
An excerpt from Alice's upcoming book, "Designed To Bloom: How To Create a Life of Peace, Purpose & Productivity."
In the midst of all the chaos in our world, there is always HOPE. There will always be problems, demands and the natural friction that occurs between human beings. But what do we do to maintain our HOPEFULNESS in the midst of it all?
1. 🙏🏾 Commune with God DAILY. I can't emphasize it enough. Nurturing our souls has to be a daily practice to develop and support a healthy outlook of ourselves, life and the inevitable challenges we all must face.
2. 🚴🏼♀️ Exercise is so underrated because we often restrict it to only losing weight. Consistently exercising has an incredible effect on transforming your thoughts, emotions and mood. Research has proven it and many that practice the discipline of consistent exercise can attest to it.
3. 📺 Stop consuming the news 24/7. Yes, we must stay abreast of current affairs, but do it selectively by placing limits on how much you consume and the types of news/media coverage you support.
4. 💝 Finally, recognize that this world still needs your gifts, your love and your solutions. Moments of crisis and suffering has a way of bringing out the best of people by compelling individuals to give of themselves for the sake of humanity.
So should you have hope in the midst of chaos? Absolutely! The challenges of life will always be present, but that's why the world needs you now more than ever. You are irreplaceable and people are depending on all that you have to offer. Incorporate the daily practices mentioned above to maintain and guard your personal peace. It will help in fostering a hopeful mind-set and life. Having HOPE in times of chaos gives you the freedom to pursue your dreams while bringing healing and transformation to people's lives along the way.
Regardless of your work experience, education level and perceived flaws, you are a leader. I define a leader as an influencer, so I will use these terms interchangeably. You have the power to affect change in every environment you step into and more importantly, the people you touch everyday. It doesn’t matter if you've never held a title or a “leadership” position. A title certainly doesn’t make a leader. Whether you’re a housewife, a nurse, a hairstylist or a business owner, you have been called to lead and to influence people in your sphere of the world. Wherever you go, the atmosphere should be a little better because your words and actions have benefited those in your presence. The seeds you sow by the words you speak and the choices you make create a difference in a person’s life. It could be a small act of kindness or offering a word of encouragement. The size of your gesture of influence is irrelevant. The significance comes from your efforts to help restore, strengthen and build those that cross your path. That includes your own children, friends, coworkers and strangers alike.
God has called every woman to be a model, a guide and an encourager to people. Even if you don’t feel like you have the ability to lead others, that doesn’t negate what God has already qualified you to do. Before we can step out to exercise our ability to virtuously influence others, we must recognize that we’ve been made in His image. We've been designed to reflect his heart and mind. Granted, we’re not always living out His reflection because of the misaligned choices we make sometimes. But if we strengthen our self-image by understanding and accepting what He has already built us to do, we free ourselves to actually live it out.
What is the difference between a virtuous leader and the common leader is found in the word “virtuous.” Our virtuousness sets us apart from other leaders in that we are influencing people others out of love, not fear. Virtuous means that we are influencing and leading people from a place of integrity and service. Our decisions and actions toward people are rooted in a genuine desire to help people in whatever capacity we can. I can’t emphasize this enough; we do not lead or influence people to stroke our egos and to feel good about ourselves. Loving people means to bless others at the expense of self, so leadership demonstrates sacrificial love. It is also a redemptive love in that we lead to restore, strengthen and build people, not to serve ourselves. True leadership reflects the love of Christ.
An excerpt from Alice's upcoming book "Designed To Bloom: How To Create a Life of Peace, Purpose and Productivity."
Alice is an Educator, Coach, Speaker and Author. She loves teaching women how to create peaceful lives through purpose & productivity.