Your life will soon be set on a new course

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - OBITUARIES - Cather­ine Galas­soVig­orito Colum­nist

Do you ever hope for a new life? Has it been one set­back af­ter the other, fol­lowed by an­other?

Maybe, you’ve strug­gled to make some­thing tran­spire, and it might look like it’s not go­ing to hap­pen. You could have a sit­u­a­tion that seems as though it will never change. Or, per­haps, you feel you’re the for­got­ten one; alone and over­looked.

No mat­ter what you are up against, re­mem­ber, God is for you…. He is by your side. And if God is for you, noth­ing can come against you. So don’t get dis­cour­aged. Do not be ner­vous or fear­ful. And never give up. God has some­thing big in front of you.

There is go­ing to be a mirac­u­lous turn­around in your life.

You don’t know. You could be steps away from a good break. “You will soar on wings like ea­gles; you will run and not get weary.” (Isa­iah 40:31).

You could be steps away from your heal­ing. “You are armed with strength for ev­ery bat­tle” (Psalm 18:39).

You could be steps away from a break­through. “In due sea­son, you shall reap if you faint not” (Gala­tians 6:9).

You could be steps away from restora­tion. “God re­stores your soul. He leads you in paths of right­eous­ness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).

You may not know how it will hap­pen. But stay in faith. Soon, you are go­ing to see God’s fa­vor and bless­ings as you’ve never seen be­fore.

“And God is able to make ev­ery grace over­flow to you, so that in ev­ery way, al­ways hav­ing ev­ery­thing you need, you may ex­cel in ev­ery good work” (2 Corinthi­ans 9:8).

There­fore, be en­cour­aged. Just be­cause you may be fac­ing some changes or chal­lenges, it doesn’t mean your life is over. Put your trust in God for your fu­ture. Don’t spend the ma­jor­ity of your time dwelling on neg­a­tive events from the past that seemed un­fair. Prob­lems are not per­ma­nent; they are tem­po­rary, thus, look ahead. God hasn’t brought you this far to leave you here. So see your­self strong, pre­vail­ing over ob­sta­cles, and rising to new heights of achieve­ment. Speak words of vic­tory over your cir­cum­stances. Keep hop­ing. Keep be­liev­ing. Keep pray­ing and per­sist­ing. God is get­ting ready to do some­thing amaz­ing for you. And your life will soon be set on a new course.

I read in the Bi­ble be­gin­ning in Luke Chap­ter 8:40 that there was a woman who had been bleed­ing for twelve years. Yet, no one could heal her. She was weak, with lit­tle strength, but she saw Je­sus as He was on his way to Jairus’s house. As Je­sus was pass­ing by, the woman was de­ter­mined to reach Je­sus. She be­lieved that, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” (Mark 5:28). So, she did not give up and worked her way through the crowds until she came up just be­hind Him. Then, she reached out her hand and touched the edge of his cloak. Im­me­di­ately, her bleed­ing stopped. Je­sus asked, “Who touched me?” But no one knew. How­ever, Je­sus felt ‘that power has gone out from him.’ The woman fell at his feet, told why she had touched him, and how she had been in­stantly re­stored to health. I love the words that Je­sus spoke to her, ‘Daugh­ter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’

With one touch, the woman’s health was com­pletely re­stored, and her life was set on a new course. Hence, take courage and put your fears and un­cer­tain­ties into the God’s hands. For to­day, the Lord is say­ing to you; what He said to the woman in the Bi­ble, “Your faith has healed you. Go for­ward in peace.”

A while ago, a dear reader wrote and told me that he was di­ag­nosed with a rare dis­ease. The ex­pe­ri­ence left him for­ever changed. “It made me think long and hard about the way I looked at things, about what I be­lieved, and I came away with a new perspective on life,” he wrote.

In­stead of giv­ing up, this man had faith that God would see him through. He prayed, re­mained op­ti­mistic and be­gan to look for­ward. He asked him­self, “What can I do to turn this sit­u­a­tion around?”

Many times, if we vi­su­al­ize and val­i­date a suc­cess­ful out­come, we tend to cre­ate that kind of con­di­tion. So this man looked past the treat­ments, made fu­ture plans and fo­cused on how to live a healthy, joy­ful life. He didn’t walk around neg­a­tive, wor­ried or com­plain­ing. Rather, he filled his mind with the fear-elim­i­nat­ing words of the Bi­ble. He as­sem­bled a col­lec­tion of pas­sages that had to do with faith, mem­o­riz­ing each one. In the morn­ing, he would set the tone for the day by say­ing phrases such as, “To­day, I am go­ing to be a bless­ing to some­one,” “I am strong, healthy and happy,” “This is go­ing to be a great day,” and “God is turn­ing things around for my good and His glory.” For good thoughts and ac­tions can pro­duce af­fir­ma­tive re­sults.

The man tried to slow down and sim­pli­fied his life by say­ing “no” to projects that did not fit into his time sched­ule or com­pro­mised his men­tal health. He chose as­so­ci­a­tions and sit­u­a­tions that con­trib­uted to his hap­pi­ness and peace of mind and filled his time with cre­ative choices, dis­cov­er­ing hid­den tal­ents. The man de­scribed how he spoke no ill words about any­one, and he let go of any bit­ter­ness he felt from the past. Ad­di­tion­ally, he made it a point to do many kind and thought­ful deeds for oth­ers. Good and no­ble ac­tions can give us a new view­point and help­ing oth­ers also gets our mind off of our own prob­lems.

Re­cently, this reader wrote to me and ex­plained in his let­ter that he has fully re­cov­ered. This man’s life was set on a new course, as he wrote, “To­day is a beau­ti­ful day and I am thank­ful to God. Now, I want to help and en­cour­age oth­ers go­ing through the same thing.”

In the same way, God is about to set your life on a new course. And sim­i­lar to this reader, it will be a great suc­cess. There­fore, “Trust in the Lord,” (Proverbs 3:5). “Wait on Him,” (Psalm 27:14). And, “You will be blessed.” (Isa­iah 30:18).

One vic­tory will lead to an­other. And God will bring love, new joys, new op­por­tu­ni­ties and new bless­ings into your fu­ture. Email Cather­ine Galas­soVig­orito at cgv@ anewyouworld­ To or­der a copy of her lat­est book, “The Open Win­dow, 8 Weeks to Cre­at­ing an Ex­tra­or­di­nary Life,” visit www. anewyouworld­ or book­stores na­tion­wide.

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