There are times we feel hurt, hopeless and helpless. Life throws bricks at us to break our hearts and fight our faith. In stormy seasons like this, our strength and skills seem worthless. We tend to believe that it’s either prayers are not working or God is not listening.
I have been through such situations in recent times, I was tempted to ask, “where is God?” I stopped breathing for days. I couldn’t feel myself, God seems so distant, I drowned in feelings of defeat, disappointments, denial and delay that I was dealing with.
In stretching my faith, I prayed, praised, worshipped, cried and pleaded but things appeared to get more out of my control. In all of these, a still small voice kept on telling me that I was not buried to die but ‘buried to bloom‘.
I began to ruminate of the lives of Bible characters such as Joseph, David, Job, Esther and Jesus. These great characters faced tough situations that made it look like they were forgotten and forsaken, but God -the ever faithful One came through for them.
When you feel buried, broken or battered by the battles of life. When you feel stranded, stuck and surrounded by the storm of life. Don’t feel dismayed or despondent, God may be using the storm to strengthen you. He sometimes uses battles to build, bless and beautify our lives.
Dear broken heart, I may not know what you are going through but I know that tough times are temporary seasons that come with a lesson and a blessing. Here are some ways to hold on and stay strong in the storm.
Find support from genuine and godly friends and family.
Study God’s word, study plans on ‘hope’ would help.
Pray even when you don’t feel like, ask friend a to join you in prayers.
Listen to songs and sermons that will stir up your faith
Discard depressing thoughts and materials.
Take a break from social media (platforms) or anything that may fuel frustration.
Talk to Godand talk to people who can help.
Listen and be on the look out, God is with you and He is whispering words of faith to you.
Feel free to say these poetic prayers.
Dear God, Help me to see your hand when life’s flame floods my eyes. Help me to daily understand that You are wonderful and wise.
Dear God, Help me to walk in wisdom to know what’s perfect to do. Help me to flow in freedom to lead a life that’s true.
Dear God, Let me not turn to sin for relief no matter how tough life gets. Save me from gloom and grief no matter how sorrow besets.
Dear God, Help me to know that I am not buried in darkness to die. Help to know that I am favoured, fortified and free to fly.
Finally, here is an admonition to everyone going through troubles. “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” 2 Corinthians 4:17
You propel me to pursue my purpose in life with pure passion. I learn from you, look up to you, listen to you, laugh with you, long to see you and love to be with you.
Today I celebrate you for being disciplined, devoted, determined, daring and dexterous.
You deserve recognition, appreciation and endless shower of affection for all the sacrifices that you make and all the prices you pay to impact our lives. You are more than a teacher to me, you are a timeless treasure.
Dear teacher, you taught me how to exceed expectations in what I do without making excuses. I would not be who I am and where I am today if it were not for your love, light and leadership .
Getting up every day is a joy, knowing that I will be spending the day with the best, brainest and brightest teacher in the world .
Thank you for teaching us with your heart, head and hands.
I cherish you dear teacher , you have touched my life in ways words cannot describe . I am so fortunate to learn from you.
Thank you for being my mentor, moulder and my model.
For all your words, wisdom and wishes, you are the by far the best and I am indeed grateful.
You took my hand, and did make me understand, you ignited my imagination, and gave me inspiration, you gave me wisdom and shew we the road to freedom. Thank you my teacher !
I cherish you as a changeless charm. Thank you for adding sweetness and substance to my knowledge base.
One of the joys of going to school is the opportunity to learn from the loveliest leader on earth, my terrific teacher.
You do not give you the right answer, you ignite within us the desire to find answers by ourselves whether they are right or wrong.
Every child’ s future becomes better and brighter because of you.
A thoughtful thank you to all the teachers who use their time , talent and treasure to care, to correct and to connect us to a world wonders.
Thank you for giving us the tools and techniques to read, recite, revise, research and also reach for greatness.
God made teachers for us to become our best, forgo our fears and metamorphose into masterpieces . They are simply irreplaceable, indispensable and indefatigable.
To the world you may be just a teacher but to me you are simply a world of wisdom, wealth and wonders.
You taught me to learn, not only to earn good grades but to earn a living and make a difference in life. Thank you for making education fun and fulfilling.
The classroom becomes a second home for us because you were a passionate parent who loves at all times.
You are a hero in my heart, a legend in my life and a model in my mind.
Thank you for showing me compassion, giving me cognition and igniting my imagination. I love you always Sirs and Madams.
This is dedicated to my mother, Mrs Olusola Adeite and to my best teachers: Mr Akinwunmi, Mr Igbinosa, Mrs Jones, Mrs Ojoye, Mr and Mrs Olawuyi, Dr Awe, Professor Ubanga and others who impacted my life positively. I love you all always.
Some friends and family find it hard to assist you to get your business ideas and career prospect become a reality because they are in a social and financial competition with you.
Strangers find it easy to help you, sometimes because they do not feel any sense of competition.
Our greatest disappointment will not come from strangers but from close associates. Not really because they are bad people, it is in human nature to compete. We fast forget that our destinies and destinations differ.
However, it is important to know that help comes from God and He chooses to use the most unlikely people in the strangest of ways and in unknown places.
It is our expectations that get us disappointed, not the people we depended on for help.
Stop expecting too much from people, everyone has a cross to carry. Pursue your dream with open arm and not with pointed fingers. Stop blaming friends and start welcoming helpful strangers.
You are your own best friend and biggest fan.