Well, if that title didn't catch your eye I don't know what will! It's Not Forever.. a pretty strong statement. Let me go into what I'm referring to.
And yes, obviously, life doesn't last forever, but I want to talk about the goings on in life, the things life throws at you, both good and bad. I'll be honest with you, the last couple of months for myself and DB have been a bit of a whirlwind of madness, a stormy season. I hope that in the future I feel I can share a little more but what I want to share with you now is what I've learnt from my whirlwind storm.
1. Lay your plans at God's feet. Gosh, I'm a planner and this is a difficult task for me to do. But God has my life planned out, so why do I try and take that on myself? He knows the desires of my heart, and I can have a little chat and tell him how I would do it, but ultimately He's Got This. So first things first; let go.
2. Know that He is with you and for you. When trouble comes your way it's so easy to jump into the "if God actually cared.." zone. I myself recently had a little grump at God, the words "you KNEW I needed to relax yet you let all these things happen to me" spilled out my mouth before I realised what I was saying. Referring back to my first point, He has a plan; have faith that it will all work out for good.
3. Write your heart away. This is my heart's medicine. My angsts, my cries, my joys, my successes; I write them down. One day you'll look back and see how far your have come, the journey will not just build your confidence but your trials could help others, or even yourself again years later when you've forgotten what God can do.
4. Stay connected. I find it hard when things are thrown at me, as I feel like the "drama" friend who in a season, all things are not happening for good! But it is so vital to stay connected with people, to pray, to laugh and to cry with. I have been incredibly blessed these last few months with a handful of girls who I have invested in and have invested in me; if it wasn't for them, these last couple of months would of been 10 times harder to deal with on my own.
5. It won't last forever. Hold your head high in faith that it can't last forever. Stand by God's word and know who you are in Him, and pray. Earnestly and fervently.
These are by no means a step-by-step guide, nor are they theological or scriptural... but just what’s been on my heart.
Now go, write, and take time to dream a little.
(images taken by Ben Chapman, see his instagram here at @bnjmnchapman )