I am writing this to encourage you but also posting it to encourage myself. “Keep pushing. Keep believing. Keep trusting and keep going.”More importantly: “KEEP GOD FIRST.” I fail at this at times. My anger, frustrations, restlessness, and resentments get the best of me. But one of my prayers, especially lately is to seek God above all. As the Bible tells us, ‘Seek ye first God and his righteousness and ALL else shall be added on to you.’ Seek God first. This is my prayer. Sometimes seeking God first can be difficult. We are called to do things we would rather not do, called to face situations that are rather difficult, and have to deal with people that can be unbearable. But when we try our best to follow: he gives us the strength to go down to the valley, to encounter the unexpected, to face the most grave of situations, and he brings us out victorious! “God disciplines us for our good…”
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
It’s true. Nothing nourishes you like spending time with our Lord. It is better than nutrition. What I mean is, when you seek God first above all things he will NOURISH you, and he will lead you to situations of wellness where you are happy and whole. I fail at this sometimes too. But I love that God is our ever constant strong hold we can run to in time of need. He will NEVER turn away, because God is Love. We can call out to him in desperate need or in the middle of the night. He will be there 24 hours a day. I love that about God.❤️🔥
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 hundreds of articles and has taught thousands of students. Additionally she’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog, and Southern Writers magazine among other places. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. She is a major foodie and loves to help others. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.
It’s true. As a matter of fact, God’s presence should be more evident when life is hard. In our weakness, we are made strong. The closest I’ve ever felt to the Lord has been when times were tough, when it seemed there was no way out, no hope, and like I shouldn’t have faith, I heard God’s whispers in those days the most. As a child, I would go on bike rides nightly. I liked to experience the peace and be outside. I’d ride up and down our street until the sun went down. I vividly remember the Lord telling me, ‘This road will not be easy, Zina, but I will never leave you nor forsake you. In the end, you will be with me!’ It is in the ‘difficult’ times that I have thrived.💙🤍
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 around 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 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.
All my life I’ve had to fight. I’ve been told I’m too independent, and too strong. I’ve heard, “don’t you need help?” And how can I live, “by myself.” What people don’t understand is you do your best to compensate when you’ve lost so much. Strength is my survival skill. I wouldn’t give it back for the world! I DON’T KNOW HOW TO GIVE UP.
From a young age, I had to be tough. I had to make my own decisions. Our life experiences shape us into who we become. I can’t alter or change myself to appease others. We tend to shun what we don’t understand. I can’t feel guilty for being me. We’re all different. I march to the beat of my own drum. In a culture like this one, I am not the norm. Thanks for listening to my rant!
I did not know for sure I would become a writer. Though I had a feeling I would write a book. Watching it come to fruition has been fabulous. There is so much more I want to write. Writing about yourself can be closely monitored. There’s something about telling your own story. It’s different from writing a fiction book where you can hide behind characters.
As a child, I knew my path would not be easy. God assured me I would make it through. He communicated that to me in feelings and in thoughts. God doesn’t need words to communicate with us. We can hear from him, if we only try. ~Zina Hermez
Conflicts can bring out our strengths if we allow them to. Rather than complaining when a conflict arises, try seeing it as an opportunity to get better. You may never know how strong you are until you are faced with a difficulty. There are different levels. I’m speaking of a true challenge! Something traumatic, and something overwhelming. Remember that when tragedies appear our endurance shines. Often times, we will face more than one. “God will never give you more than you can handle” is a popular expression. He anticipates everything, and He does not like to see us hurting. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid pain in this world. When things seem far from perfect, understand that you are being shaped into the individual you are destined to be. These experiences can be looked at as a chance to develop your faith and patience. God will give you the direction to handle whatever it is if you accept His guidance through the Holy Spirit.
We don’t know what tomorrow brings. No matter what we are thankful. Be strong and steadfast in your faith.
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.