It will not always be ’bad.’ It will not always be ’good.’ Usually it’s a combination of both. We are taught that in this life we should reach for everything and be supremely happy. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. We don’t have to have ‘everything’ in order to be happy. As a matter of fact, you could be going through the roughest time in your life and still be happy. I’ll tell you why. That ‘happiness comes from within’ quote is true. Actually, true happiness comes from knowing God. Having faith the size of a ‘mustard seed’ was not so much about the size of your faith and how big it has to be. Faith of a mustard seed is a genuine belief that you have a God who loves you and wants to bring you through. Therefore, no matter what the circumstances are—you should take heart if you know and believe God is working for you. When you seek after, follow, and try to learn his ways, he will especially help you. It’s your choice. We have free will. God will not force you to worship. God will try to bring you to his heart. The everlasting, all kind, eternal, unconditionally loving, God. Our Holy Father in heaven wants to bring you to himself. It’s simple. All you have to do is call out to him. Do it once. It gets easier. Make it a practice. And watch your life begin to transform in ways you never imagined!
Zina Hermez has authored the best selling book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. She’s been featured in numerous articles, guest posts, podcasts, websites, newsletters, and magazines. She’s been featured on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast and on Grace and Truth Radio World. Zina’s written more than 500 articles and has taught thousands of students from all over the world spanning many different backgrounds and cultures. She’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog, and the Southern Writers magazine among other places. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. She also writes on health and diet and loves to help others. Her latest book, Not Without God: Hope In the Storm is live and for sale! You can order your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Without-God-Hope-Storm-ebook/dp/B09P9T2DLT
People tend to think that trust means inaction. Like, oh, if I trust in God, he will do everything. This frustrates me when people believe the Lord has to act on their behalf. Trust does not mean do nothing. Often we don’t know how to hear from God or care to, for that matter. Our egos may tell us that we have enough. That we are doing enough. We don’t have ‘time’ for God. You mean, the huge white-bearded man in the sky? Why cater to him or ask for his input, one may think. But we need God. He is more than an outside force who created everything. His voice comes from within. When we listen to God, we accomplish a lot more for ourselves, for our family–for humankind. One may wonder how to hear from God? It starts with a conversation. It begins with studying scripture. I didn’t mean that you should wholly depend on scripture. Many people do this. They have the Bible trump, Jesus. God is not only in the Bible text written 2,000 plus years ago. God is not only sitting up in the sky holding all the universe(s) together either. God is as breathing and alive as you are and wants to be an active force in your life. The more you focus on him, the easier it will get. Go into a quiet place. Get away from the noise. Meditate on his word. Ask. And then wait to hear back. The answer often comes from your intuition and can even come from others. But please be careful with the ‘hearing from others.’ They can steer you their way, and when their voices outweigh your own and God’s than you are in the danger zone. Listen: anything pure, anything whole, anything that is beautiful and good comes from God. Trust is faith in action.💕🙏⚛️🎑🌟🌏
Zina Hermez authored the best-selling book “Not Without God: A Story of Survival.” Her stories have been featured in various guest articles, medical journals, magazines, newsletters, and over 250 of her own blog articles. As an educator for more than twenty years, she’s had the privilege of working with thousands of students from different backgrounds and parts of the world. Her upcoming book, “Not Without God: Hope In the Storm” will be out later this year. Her writing endeavors earned her an invitation to speak at the Harvard Faculty Club’s “Business Expert Forum.” Zina’s goal is to help others overcome adversity, and she strives to do what she longs to–help other people. She’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Southern Writers magazine, and Suite T blog, among other places. Socializing with friends, taking business trips, listening to music, and meeting new people are among her hobbies. She was recently featured on Color Speak (a Grace and Truth Radio World! podcast). You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, or Twitter.
God, you have been so good to me, and there are many ways I don’t acknowledge it. Sometimes I complain, instead of going from prayer to praise, I go from prayer to complaints, and it is not good. At times I count what I lack rather than what I have. I think about all the things that are wrong instead of all that is right. I need to stop doing that. God, you’ve kept me here. I’ve been a beacon of hope to some and a friend in time of need. I know I’ve helped. If there is never anything else, I’m thankful for the work I’ve done so long as it has benefitted someone. We are not meant to live a life of convenience but one of faith and service.🙏🔥🖤⚛️
Zina Hermez authored the best-selling book, “Not Without God: A Story of Survival.” Her stories have been featured in various guest articles, medical journals, magazines, newsletters, and over 250 of her own blog articles. As an educator for more than twenty years, she’s had the privilege of working with thousands of students from different backgrounds and parts of the world. Her upcoming book, “Not Without God: Hope In the Storm” will be out later this year. Her writing endeavors earned her an invitation to speak at the Harvard Faculty Club’s “Business Expert Forum.” Zina’s goal is to help others overcome adversity, and she strives to do what she longs to–help other people. She’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Southern Writers magazine, and Suite T blog among other places. Socializing with friends, taking business trips, listening to music, and meeting new people are among her hobbies. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, or Twitter.
Be thankful for EVERYTHING you have. You may not realize how precious what you have is when you have a lot of good things! We do that sometimes. We take life for granted when things are naturally easy, or going well. If things have always been good we can expect them to be good all the time. We may become angry when something is not!
When things are tough, it’s a different story. If one thing is bad it can help us look around and appreciate all the good! We can learn to be thankful during this time. When things are bad it can actually humble us because we can see the good stuff more clearly.
I’m trying to be thankful for the good and the bad tonight. The trials and tribulations, the lessons and mistakes, the losses and heartaches, and the failures and setbacks. They are all gifts. All of them.
It never feels good to go through these things, but if it brings me out better, stronger, wiser, or healthier than I was before I’m grateful. They worked for my greater good.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Zina Hermez authored the book Not Without God: A Story of Survival and created the Spinal Cord Injury Solutions! online website. Zina works as an English Language Instructor, and has been an educator for nearly fifteen years. Her thousands of students have been from many parts of the world, and she’s worked with all ages.
Zina writes articles on faith and overcoming disability, and her stories have been featured in Christianity Today, Spinal Cord Injury Zone, SCI Access, newsletters, and medical journals among many other various publications. To learn more about Zina visit http://zinahermez.com.