A Dose of Optimism: A Time for Everything

A Dose of Optimism: A Time for Everything

It has truly been a wondrous year. Alot of information, confirmation, and revelation, and learning to count it all joy. I have another “clean” bill of health with exceptional hearing and eyesight. Yes, I literally see and hear all. I have meet some amazing people and have truly been blessed and humbled in being a catalyst for change in their lives. I have been blessed with more speaking engagements and teaching opportunities. My days are filled with quiet smiles of discernment and wisdom. Every person, every situation, every challenge has been an opportunity for me to gleam from it and become a better person.

For this year has been a revelation in majoring in the “minors.” And for the life lessons – there being gains in those losses.

“I believe that our world was created with a sense of order. For every loss, there’s a gain. Sometimes we’re so blinded by the loss that we don’t see the gain, don’t recognize the gift.”  ~ Debbie Macomber

Trust there is a gift in every loss. That loss in a family, a friend, a job – is an opportunity or a gain rather for us to trust God even more. Those losses could have caused the family to pull together and be closer. That job loss created a void or an opportunity for you to look for a better job, go back to school, or spend needed time with family. And to know that God is able. That friend with all that drama in your life – now gone has created a void that can be filled with peace or a better friend for that matter! That “complicated” relationship ended – to allow you to see that clouded and confused spiritual and emotional state.  And that He has been whispering to you – for quite some time. But this is all based on seeing God’s hand in the situation. So relish every season that you are in.

And learn to see the blessings in all things. You are still here and despite the circumstances of the season that you are. Don’t try to circumvent the process. As this very same season may have to come around again – for you to understand and have spiritual growth. See it as a refining process – as these tougher times refine you and making you stronger. I have learned to trust God and see every season as an opportunity to grow stronger in my purpose and power. And in every season – God will still get all the glory. And in Him I do trust.

As in each season there are storms and calm seas, pluses and minuses, gains and losses, and majors and “minors.” Learn to see the gain in the losses. Learn to see the blessings in the major and the “minor” in life. God will use people, places, things and situation – to create a humble spirit – for His glory and your spiritual growth. God is always seeking to grow us, to stretch us – to take us to the next level – in being humble, our faith, our prayers, our trust in Him, and in His glory. So don’t that ever get too comfortable! I pray about seeing the lesson in the majors and the “minors”. God has truly used the “minors” this year to create major transformation in my relationship with Him.

In these “minor” circumstances, I have gained more peace in my days in spending more time in quiet meditation with Him. Although, my days are still full with being a Mom, ministering to the ladies and the gentlemen for that matter, writing, studying, speaking, and business development, I move at a more peaceful pace. I have also started to embrace my creativity more – with drawing and writing more and taking opera singing lessons and ballroom dancing.

I can honestly foresee this continuing into 2015. As in 2015 – I continue to seek to bring my life more into focus and clarity, seek to accomplish my personal and professional goals, and take serving in calling and gifts as God has purposed and placed on my heart – to another level. He has definitely been speaking to my heart. I see more joy and more peace. Of course, bumps in the road will come. This is truly being an “Optimistic Woman” operating in my power and purpose and being an overcomer. But where God leads me – I know that He will guide me every time and in every season…

To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:
 A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted,
 A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up,
 A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
 A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
A time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away,
A time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak,
A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Journaling Assignment:
Surely in every season you have gained from anything you felt was a lost. What season are you in right now? What season this year was the most growth, most revelation, most power for you? How do you see this impacting 2015?

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Latisha Renée Hooker
Latisha Renée Hooker is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Wellness Educator, Speaker, and Minister. She educates and encourage women to “strive to thrive”; to live optimistically in overcoming life challenges and aligning their lives with their purpose and power.