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How to Successfully Persevere Through A Crisis

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These are unprecedented times that we are all living through. There is fear and uncertainty so heavy in the air, you can certainly feel it and even almost taste it. We are all having this very real and shared experience of what it means to live as one people under the Sun. There's a shared sense of oneness because we are all in this together. It does not matter what creed, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation that you are, we are all managing, dealing and surviving this pandemic together.

This pandemic is shifting the way of life for all of us. And am I getting tired of sheltering in place? Absolutely… Anybody else? Is it frustrating? Absolutely…Are you tired of being patient and sheltering in place? YES! Trust and believe that even before all of this…I was not the most patient person and practicing patience is not one of my strong qualities. Yet, somehow, we must keep trusting. We must keep being patient, we must continue to persevere and move confidently forward.

And as I started meditating on what this time means in our lives, Divine Inspiration revealed that we all need a message grounded in how to have patience, how to persevere through difficulties, and how to have unshakable faith in God’s Promises during a season of frustration.

They say patience is truly a virtue and patience in God’s Timing is much different than the patience that we put on ourselves. I grew up believing that the Bible is our story. This Holy book like many Holy books can be used as our blueprint on how we navigate and govern our lives. It contains many stories of overcoming and can give us hope on how we not only survive but thrive through this thing that we call life.

Our scriptural references comes from Hebrews 10:36 through Hebrews 11:3. I am using the New International Version Bible…

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, in just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay. And, but my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back. But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see… By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

Now what is that all saying? It means that patience is required and necessary during a frustrating season. When we practice patience in the Divine Order, we can know that all things work together for our good and soul when we are growing or going through something we can rely on the patience and our faith and our complete trust in God knowing that this too shall pass. I'm a firm believer of “in all things get understanding” so let's break some terms down so we are all on the same page.

What is patience? According to Webster, patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. While, perseverance is defined as persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Persistence means to have a firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

Now that we understand the meaning, how do we practice patience and perseverance during a season of frustration? Here are key ways:

Hold the Vision
When you are going through a frustrating time, you have to use vision to see yourself on the other side of it. Having a clear picture of the future that you desire will help you shift your focus from what is happening to better possibilities. As Michael Bernard Beckwith says, “Pain pushes until vision pulls.” Allow your future self to pull you through the difficulties.

Affirmations
Create yourself a list of affirmations that will help you shift your focus when your mind starts to drift into the land of the unknown thoughts. Affirmations are firm statements of truth. Use them.

Prayer
Prayer is communion with God. It aligns you with the Divine pattern of perfection that is encoded in your DNA. It is the language of spirituality. You can only talk to God through practicing the presence which includes prayer, meditation and silence.

Meditation
Spend 5-10 minutes a day focusing on the aspects of God. Focus on love, joy, abundance, peace, and all other good things. Meditation helps you quiet your mind and be still.


Remember you are loved and supported by Grace.

You are not going through this experience alone. Grace is the unmerited favor of the Universe which is here to love and support you unconditionally.

Wishing you an abundance of health and God’s peace. Be well.

In light and love,

Anjie Hosley

The Spiritual Doula


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