We continue to live in a culture that screams to us for instant gratification or we get tempted to be impulsive. There are ‘no magic formulas’!
Too often when a major crisis hits us we get tempted or tested to do something stupid or irrational. For example, the last auto payment is paid and we think we need a new car. Impulse buying on credit cards at high interest is not wise because you’ve been convinced that you owe it to yourself!
Somebody is going through or has been divorced and they jump into a relationship they have no business being in because the other partner is cheating or has left.
A loved one dies after years of marriage or friendship and they want to sell everything and move right away.
Drowning out your sorrows in alcohol or drugs is not the solution either when a crisis hits. Face your fears and take responsibility.
I know I’m generalizing here, but the point is we should not let our guard down when it is needed the most while in transition. Our own foolishness and pride easily gets in the way.
A few insights I discovered in my journey.
Be humble and be quiet. Make time alone with the Lord.
Be patient. I know this can be difficult waiting, but it’s a necessity. You don’t always have to be doing something or always be on the go. Slow down and reflect.
Seek out wise and godly counsel. Get another perspective from experience, or a person of insight or support group. “In the multitude of counsel (advisers) there is safety.”
If you’re facing a career change due to job or profession don’t jump at the first offer. Allow God to guide you and give you peace.
“Plans fail for lack of counsel (advice), but with many advisers they succeed”. Proverbs 15:22 NIV
Take care of yourself because nobody else will! Your health is important physically, mentally, emotionally, and yes, your spirituality is important. Put God the Father, Jesus Christ first in everything you do you will have no regrets. Take time to pray and get involved in a solid Christian church community. We need one another and yes it saves a ton of money from paying a counselor too.
If we can be teachable and discerning our life will make a difference.
I’ve learned a few things along the way and I’m definitely not perfect, but all the trials, curve balls, and crises have made me a better person.
Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region.
The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey.
Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own.
My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’.
God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth.
I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others.
There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more
I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more
I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better!
“But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version
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