We all face crossroads at times throughout our lives. These crossroads can result in unexpected changes in our lives. Being open to change and embracing what comes our way allows for continuing growth.
Some people are bold and fearless and dive into major life changes, while others are only comfortable with making small changes through baby steps. Sometimes change is planned, but much of the time change is spontaneous and unexpected.
A few years back, change was testing me and my life in a big way. I was going through a divorce as a result of my husband’s affair, my children were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and I was laid off from my steady job due to the sad state of our economy. To make matters worse, these events all occurred within a six month time period. Talk about a “one, two, three punch.”
Unexpected changes were testing my ability to adapt and prevail. How would I respond to the challenges that had been placed in my life? At first, I was shell-shocked, but then something deep inside me decided to grab the reins and embrace the adversity in my life. I decided to transform these challenges into something fabulous and positive. These words kept surfacing in my mind,
“God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (I Corinthians 10:13 NIV)
Through my strength and faith I was able to see past the current events to the bigger picture that would be my new life. Going forward, I learned to value every day with my children and the fact they were alive. I opened my eyes up to new career possibilities, something with true meaning and satisfaction, and something that left footprints in the sand.
I began to work on myself and improving who I was, so I could be the best person HE wanted me to be. My unexpected changes had shaped my life into something amazing! I felt like a caterpillar that emerged from my cocoon as a beautiful butterfly. Today, I spread my wings daily, and it feels fabulous – God Bless change!
So how did I start to embrace change and transform it into something fabulous and positive? I did it through a Daily Intentions Practice. Daily Intentions are simply thoughts and goals you set for yourself every day, which if done properly can completing transform you life into exactly what you are wanting.
The best way to start is “baby steps” of 15 minutes every day – starting with a focus on gratitude and the blessings in your life. The next step is to list small goals you have for yourself, and reflect on one of them each week. These small goals should be things that make you happy and help get you to a larger, long-term goal.
Finally, I complete my Daily Intentions Practice by relying on my faith and the forces beyond my control. If something is meant to be, doors open. If not, then doors close and lead you in a different direction. Just because you can knock a closed door down doesn’t mean you should – pay attention to the signs and energy you are receiving. It all has a purpose.
To get started, put pen to paper to begin your Daily Intentions Practice during the month of April. This prep work will help you to establish a consistent Daily Intentions Practice that will transform your life. Further, this preparation will help to increase your rate of success in building your practice and changing your world.
Life is so short, why waste one minute settling for less than you deserve. Go out there and take your bite out of life, enjoy and embrace change, transform into the beautiful butterfly you were meant to be, and live the life HE meant for you.
A small town girl with big city style, Stacey Rowcliffe grew up in the small town of Huntley, Montana. Adversity has always been a part of Stacey’s life, but it will never shape her world. She writes to help inspire others to grow and see the positive in every experience. Contact – Website – Facebook – Twitter – LinkedIn – Books
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