What you went through was not about you!

Sometimes in life things happen that are out of our control. Painful events like losing a loved one, a divorce, a traumatic experience. Those things shape, mold and change who we were called to be.

We sit in those dark hours alone, devastated wondering why or how and try to make sense of it all. Maybe still in a state of shock and not know how to process what’s occurred.

I have had many of those painful events occur throughout my life. For the longest time I remained angry and stuck wondering why this happened.

Then one day a light bulb went off and I realized this pain was not just for me to endure. I had to face those hard things and allow forgiveness and healing to take place within my heart and mind.

I began to realize that I was called to help others with their pain and come alongside to help guide them and not remain stuck. To breathe hope and help them with their disbelief of fighting the good fight. No matter what has happened in their life.

I want to encourage you to not lose hope. I’m not sure what you are facing. But I want to speak hope into your situation and let you know that your going to make it. One day you will share your story with another individual that comes across your path and you will let them know your story and how you made it through.

Believe, Believe, Believe,

Maybe what YOU went through was not about you.

Carriers of Hope,

Sandy Cortes

Breathing Hope one Life at a Time!

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Calculate your prey…

I was fascinated as I was watching a documentary about Lions. Did you know that a lion is a large cat and are known as “king of the beasts?” They are very territorial and truly defend their area against intruding lions and other animals. One of the ways a lion proclaims an area is by their roaring and scent marking on trees or different regions. Interesting enough the lions were calculating how to take down their prey, and then all of a sudden lunged at the neck and bit down until the animal was strangled.

This documentary was such a great illustration of how easily individuals can become prey and be killed. It made me reflect on how easy it is to fall prey to certain things in our lives. One downfall the lions have is that they do not keep track of the direction of the wind blowing. Which leads the bigger prey to them due to their scent marking. Reflecting on the enemies in our lives we tend to not see coming and are caught off guard.

I know one of my enemies has been “thoughts.” Did you know that we get anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 thoughts a day? Seems overwhelming and exhausting all at the same time. Experts say, typically it is more negative thoughts than positive that come and can change your whole outlook on life. Those thoughts usually come in at the midnight hours, while sitting dormant or when facing difficulties.

I know for me it is tough to shake some of those enemies off. I have watched people lose touch with who they were because this “enemy” crept in and took the life right out of them literally. Not realizing how damaging that “enemy” can be to our well-being. In the line of work that I do” thoughts” are the number one cause that enables people to remain stuck and from growing.

I have learned to decipher things and become a good listener, be more observant of where I am at mentally and watch my behaviors as well as others. At times it can be disheartening to see how people change due to the enemy that has come in and sapped who they were called to be versus who they are. We get so bombarded that one has to be intentional about deciphering what those enemies are so that they do not sap the life right out of us.

So I want to propose these questions to you:

What are some of the things that you did not calculate that have changed who you are?

Are you sitting with those feelings of defeat because you lost sight of the enemy and life has strangled who you are?

Learn to be alert and calculate how to take down your prey, so it does not take you out.

Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8, AMP).

Carriers of Hope,

Sandy Cortes

Breathing Hope One Life at a Time!