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Navagating a storm: Lessons my mother taught me
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Tanya M. Wilson is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte. Her column, "360 You," is published here each Saturday. Visit her website at www.360you.net.

When I was in my early 20s trying to be a “big girl,” there were times when I had no idea what I was doing. I would hit periods where it not only felt like I was in a storm but the middle of a monsoon.

During those times, I would reach out to my mother in hopes of getting help, comfort and quite frankly a solution. And each time my mother would respond, “Trust God; all will be well,” I would be thinking, “Really, are you serious? Do you not realize that my life is crashing and burning?” (Remember, I was in my early 20s.)

My perception of life back then did not take into account that storms were going to come, and certainly I was not planning on my mother’s response. After all, why wouldn’t' she just solve my problems?

I now realize that my mother gave me the greatest advice I could ever receive. She taught me about developing a relationship built on faith and trust. Now, as I look back on all the rainstorms and monsoons that I have been through, I realize that the key phrase is “been through.” In other words, I made it! I made it, and I don’t smell of mildew. Oh yeah, and the part about trusting God; I realize that as long as I would look up, I could get up.

As long as we are blessed to see another day, our journey will encounter sprinkles, thunderstorms and even tornados. But the good news is that if we stay the course and learn the lessons, we will be covered with the power of the One that will be with us regardless of the conditions.

We must understand that those rainy days prepare us for the sunshine. We must not become distracted running randomly through the puddles. We must stop and be still. In our quiet time, we will receive direction on just how to manage the situation.

So what my mother was really saying is, regardless of what you go through, no matter what it looks like, whether it is financial, health, relational, etc., as long as we have faith and trust, knowing that our storms are purposed for our good, everything will be alright!

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