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HED:The power of prayer works - if you believe

By Cartessia N. Hibbler

Daily Journal

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

I Corinthians 10:13

I have had so much to overcome within the past year. Some of it was personal and some professional, but it was through the power of prayer that I made a change and acquired a new start in a life that's definitely worth living.

I couldn't seem to get off the roller coaster I was riding. You know, the roller coaster. Up and down. High, then low. Exciting, yet frightening.

The more I tried, the more tangled I got. I kept asking myself, where am I going wrong? Do I need to change some things?

Is it my attitude, I asked myself? Is it my outlook on life?

Well sookie, sookie. The light bulb finally shone because the answer was there all the time.

I needed God in my life. Yes, God.

Sure, he has been there all the time, but when I was riding the roller coaster, I didn't call on him to help me slow it down so I could eventually get off.

Now I have a more positive outlook on things in my life and I feel good.

Personally, I think we all go through stages in our life that influence our becoming the people we are today. I also think that at some point in our lives, we all have tried to do things that would please our parents, friends, lovers, part-time lovers - well anybody but ourselves.

You might also have faced some other concerns, like dealing with financial situations or social barriers.

Whatever the case, just pray.

I have prayed and prayed for God to give me strength. I have asked him to help me make it one day at a time, instead of just every now and then.

I still have a way to go and I know I have to give God a hand in my aspirations, but I'm more than willing and I'm more than ready.

I'm to the point where I come to work and get the job done. I still get stressed, just like the next man, but I keep my head up.

I'm having fun. People keep telling me that you only live once and I believe that wholeheartedly.

I do things that make me feel good. From treating myself to lunch,

(but I won't discriminate if you want to pay) to getting a new outfit, I do it and I do it for me.

When I wake up in the mornings, I look at myself in the mirror and I say two things: 1. I'm lovable. 2. I'm worthwhile, now let the day begin.

If you have had or are having troubles, try some of my little tactics and see don't you feel better after a couple weeks:

1. Cry. Let it out. Find a true friend's shoulder, bury your face in a pillow, but whatever you do, let the tears roll and the tension will flow. Holding it in only makes it worse.

2. Go somewhere by yourself. A drive out of town, a walk in the park. Once you've mastered the skill of being alone and feeling good about being alone, you can do almost anything.

3. Laugh. My mother always told me that when things go wrong, you have to laugh-to learn-to live.

4. Exercise. Do some sit-ups or crunches before going to bed or work. Take that negative energy and turn it into something positive. Exercising is for the betterment of YOU.

5. Pray. When you feel you've done your very best at whatever the task, take it to God. For it is only he who can judge you. For it is only he who can deliver.

Cartessia N. Hibbler is a Daily Journal copy editor.

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