Leaning On Faith: Keeping It Together When Things Are Falling Apart
on April 12, 2017
By La’Wana Harris –
If you live long enough, facing a crisis or tragic event is inevitable. The question however is how do you make it through when your faith is challenged? How do you remain encouraged and stand on God’s word when circumstances do not align with what God said? Having gone through my own crisis situation as a mother, it is my mission to inspire others and to provide some tangible tools to readers who may find themselves in challenging situations. If you are active with the seven tips I offer below, you may find healing and renewed strength.
- Start with Gratitude- Think of one thing that you are truly grateful for and mediate on it throughout the day. Gratitude is a routine you must practice, make it a habit. Start each day with a prayer of thanksgiving for the blessings in your life and the lives of your loved ones.
- Unplug and Refocus- Enjoy sometime listening to that still small voice that whispers inside your heart. Take a break from all digital communication, social media, news outlets and conversations to allow yourself to regenerate your energy and decompress as needed. Lean into your faith and draw strength from your heavenly father. Seek God for a new positive pass time activity centered around his master plan for health and well-being.
- Make Kindness your New Normal- Look for opportunities to commit Random Acts of Kindness for people you encounter throughout your daily routine. Pay strangers a compliment! Sponsor someone’s meal! Sit down and talk to a new person. Don’t just make this a rare phenomenon; make it an everyday practice to be the living church.
- Listen to Grow- No matter how different the opinions of others are from your own, listen to understand their point of view; and if there is not common ground, respectfully agree to disagree. Listening to understand helps us connect on a deeper level with those that cross our path. You never know when you are the answer to someone’s prayer. Your smile or kind word could be the only ray so sunshine in their day.
- Stay Active- Dance, sing, go for a walk or take a stretch break. Keep your body moving and release endorphins (aka the happy hormones). Treat your body as a temple and nurture your spirit.
- Make “Quality Time” a Priority -Be protective and intentional about your time with your friends and family. Give of yourself to serve others. Open your heart and your home to share and fellowship with your neighbors and even some strangers, as you are lead to reach out.
- Invest in a Better Tomorrow- Volunteer or donate to a cause that you are passionate about. Embody the servant leader philosophy and lead by example while encouraging others to follow. The quickest way out of a challenging situation is to help someone else though their hard times. God has a wonderful plan for your life and he makes all things beautiful in its time.
About Author La’Wana Harris – With inspiring passion and courage, La’Wana Harris is committed helping others achieve their best selves. She is a certified energy management coach who thrives on seeing others maximize their potential. La’Wana is a dynamic facilitator gifted in creating conversations. Her pragmatic expertise in aligning people performance with business strategy has created a healthy career anchored by a broad base of professional experience. Her industry experience includes people and leadership development, training and facilitation, diversity and inclusion, people leadership and project management. In addition, La’Wana is the author of several books, including YOU ARE STILL GOOD, a novella that details her story as a mother of a stroke survivor. Through the book she hopes to give encouragement, and inspiration for those finding themselves in a crisis situation.