Trials, Tribulations, Tests. Trust.

Trials, tribulations, tests. These are typically unwelcomed in our life. But seen in the right light, they set us up for a higher level. The challenges we face are to strengthen us, and it’s our attitude during them that determines how long those trials will last. But how do you trust in that?

How To Trust?

James Cash Penny, founder of JC Penny, was asked the the secret to success. He answered, “Adversity. I’ve always faced adversity, but it has brought something out of me and made me a success.”

Tests elevate us. Through the times of pressure and stress, you learn about yourself, the people around you. You realize how strong you really are, especially after you’ve gone through the trials and persevered.

We can’t see what’s before us, but we can look back and see the troubles in our life and how they’ve made us who we are. You choose to see that as a good thing or a bad one. Do you become bitter, resentful, closed off? Or do you rise to become wise, knowledgeable and more importantly, empathetic to those going through similar struggles? That choice is ultimately yours.

Some of you may think, “That’s easy for you to say, you aren’t going through what I’m going through. You’d never think what I’m going through was a good thing if you were me.” You’re right, I don’t know what you’re going through, and I’m not you. But I’ve been through tough times, and it helps me to understand, at least in some small way. I realized that through my tribulations, I learned invaluable lessons. Those lessons made me who I am, and each one makes me stronger.

If you don’t learn from the lessons given, those tests will continue to repeat themselves until you do. You can either take the best from it, or let the troubles repeat until you ultimately change. Then other trials begin so that we can learn something else. Think of it like school. We take tests to elevate a grade. We study, we prepare, so that when the test comes we can pass.

I understand that sometimes things happen in which we can’t explain. Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. Those are uncontrollable, and at times, unable to be explained. By anyone. We don’t have all the answers. But I have faith that God does.

Trust in Him.

If we’re always in the same place we become stagnant. We can’t grow if we’re not being tested. The way I get through my difficult times is through constant prayer and by reading the Word of God. Scripture helps me. I read and study my favorite scriptures over and over to remind myself that I have Him to guide me. I trust in Him. And when I don’t, I tell myself that I do until I believe it.

God is good. He has the best in store for us when we press in and rely on Him. We only need to seek and draw closer to know Him better. And in knowing Him better, we are able to transform into something greater than what we were. That won’t come without the testing phase.

Tests aren’t easy, but we can turn them into our testimonies. We can rise champions.

How will you find ways to trust in Him?

 

James 1: 2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

 

 

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3 Reasons Psalm 91 Rocks

Psalm 91

I love Psalm 91. It’s my favorite scripture in the Bible.

I’ve been a Christian since I was five. I was baptized at the age of ten. Over the years I’ve grown exponentially in my faith. I’ve also gone from high to low and everywhere in between. With that said, I’ve drawn closer in my journey with Christ over the past few months.

My mother always instilled prayers. The main one we’d pray whenever we’d go out for the day was Psalm 91.

I didn’t appreciate the scripture during my younger years. I saw it as a habit to recite along with her as we drove somewhere. More than ever before, however, I know the power the words hold.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress my God in whom I trust.” 

 

3 Reasons Psalm 91 Rocks

  1. This is the scripture of protection. Dwell means to live in, and if you are under the shelter of God’s shadow, then you know, trust, and have faith that no matter what happens, He has you. Whether physical or emotional ailments, God can provide comfort under His wings.

 

  1. The scripture is known as the Solider’s Prayer. There’s a story that a Brigade commander in WWI gave a card with the scripture to his men. They prayed the scripture daily, and during one of the bloodiest battles they were involved in, miraculously, there were no casualties. Whether this story is true or not, it’s helped countless in keeping their faith that God is watching over them.

 

  1. When you read all of Psalm 91, you see exactly what God promises. We don’t have to fear because He will rescue us, protect us, answer us, be with us in trouble, deliver us… The scripture reminds us that we aren’t alone. During our hardships He will be with us because we love and call out to Him. He is our salvation.

 

Psalm 91 is full of power, wonder, might, and the love of God.

Read it, analyze it, roll it around in your mind. See if it makes a difference in the smallest of things. You can find the peace it and He can bring.

Ministry, preaching, converting is not what I do or who I am. I’m an imperfect Christian learning daily. I’m an imperfect Christian living in an imperfect world. His Word, however, gets me through the trials and tribulations in my life. If someone can get a little freedom from Him, if God can use me to help others, then that’s a blessing in itself.

 

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Fairy Godmothers Exist

Me and my Fairy Godmother, Melissa

It’s been one week since the release of my third full length book A Promise Broken.  It’s only been one year since publishing, but three since beginning the journey toward this author business. Before that, I wrote for me, and only me, never with the intention of ever becoming an author. I had other plans. But, you make plans, and God has other ideas in mind. Was I depressed that my plans didn’t work? Initially. I was lost for years after I left Los Angeles. The dreams I had, which I thought I’d wanted as an actress or a famous casting director didn’t pan out.

I moved back to Texas thinking…now what? See, it’s not that I had failed in LA (though there’s nothing wrong with that)–it was that I knew deep down that the idea of the career I had wanted since I was five years old just wasn’t right. I was working with an amazing casting director, I had my gigs working as an extra on popular television shows and movies, and perhaps, had I stayed, I would have eventually climbed my way up. But my intuition was telling me to go home.

It took four years until I decided to write to publish. In that time, I worked at a local boutique, wrote freelance articles, helped people set up social media pages for their businesses, and mucked about. I took on more classes at the local college, hoping to get a second degree–this time in Speech Therapy. I enrolled in Statistics, then did online courses. I quickly found out that profession was not for me. So, now I knew–I’m not an actress, not a casting person, not a PR person, not a Speech Therapist, not a teacher…what am I going to do?

I came up with story ideas, shared them with a friend, writing in my spiral notebook because all I had was an old desktop that didn’t have Word in it. I wrote articles through emails, sending them to my editor that way. I had no money. None. I had to borrow from my parents just to pay off my monthly credit card bill of $65 dollars a month.

Then–I joined a book club. The Austenites was a group of girls who read Jane Austen spinoffs. It was fun getting together to chat about all things Mr. Darcy. But when Fifty Shades of Grey  came about it changed the course of everything. I heard about this book through a friend of mine. It wasn’t even available in stores. I bought it for $0.99 cents on my large HP pad on Amazon. I didn’t have a smartphone, no Kindle, and the books weren’t published yet. I read the series, got hooked, had everyone in my book club read it, and knew that one day it would be made into a film. We shared our ideas of who we saw as Mr. Grey (the casting director in me), and in that was born my Facebook page–Christian Grey Fan Page. I moved to Austin, and soon connected with the person who helped me find my path….

My Fairy Godmother…

Melissa Rheinlander had messaged my page and asked if I wanted some books from an author she worked with. I gave her my address and we both realized we lived in the same city. We met and the rest is history. I went from having no job, absolutely no money, no idea about what to do with this large Facebook page, to now doing what I love to do. She guided me, and through that I was able to buy my first laptop. When I told her I always wanted to publish a book she told me to do it. She helped me connect with people who were able to teach me the things I didn’t know. She introduced me to other authors that I admired who then helped me. I finally felt I was on my path. I AM on my path.

Do I have lots of money now? Nope. I’m constantly struggling to keep afloat, and every precious amount I make goes back into building my foundation as an author. Is it worth it? Definitely. There are the challenging, draining, and sometimes heartbreaking times. But then you get all the wonderful support around you and it makes it all so beautiful and it’s everything you hope it to be.

You know that saying–Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life–well, I don’t think that’s true, not really, anyway. Yes, you will work. You’ll work really hard, you’ll toil, you’ll be exhausted, and you’ll want to quit so many times, but you won’t. You’ll pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep going. You will be willing to fight for it because you love it. You won’t give up because you can’t. That’s where I am now, and what I hadn’t felt before on any other journey. July’s been a tough month for me, with unexpected crazy expenses, but I have an amazing support system…people I trust telling me it’s going to be all right, I’m going to get through.

The book community can be a wonderful thing. There have been so many supportive, helpful people. I’ve met the loveliest of them. Bloggers, readers, authors who have become friends. It’s a gorgeous network to be a part of, and I’m truly grateful for everyone who has shared my newest book this past week. What a blessing to be around such creatives!

I believe God brings people into our lives when we need them most. In finding my path I didn’t just discover my career. I discovered a lifelong friend. Thank you, Melissa. For investing in me, for believing in me, for guiding me to help me find my glass slippers. You’re my friend, my manager, and really, you truly are…The BOSS!