Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties. —C.S. Lewis

As you’re reading this article, I am smiling ear-to-ear and praising Jesus Christ from the rooftops!

After eight long years, He finally answered our prayers.

And His answer is as amazing as I know Him to be: faithful.

Throughout the last eight years, my close friends and I have been living a life of faith. To say we’ve been through so much is a drastic understatement.

From navigating the hardest parts of friendships to having tough, late-night conversations to understanding the true meaning of loving ourselves, we’ve grown and evolved more than I could’ve ever imagined.

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Let me put this out there. We did NOT come out the other side unscathed. Rather, we have deep battle scars to show for it. But you know what? The bonds we have with each other are stronger than ever now. We’re stronger as individuals and as friends.

We’ve also learned that the relationships we have with our parents and how they raise us and talk to us when we’re young can help us to thrive or flail later in life. Most of all, our faith as grown — faith in ourselves, faith in those we love, and most importantly, faith in God.

Living a life of faith is not easy by any means.

And until you get to the other side of a problem you’ve been trying to overcome, you won’t understand just how necessary living a life of faith truly is.

If you’re going through a hard time right now, please listen to me.

HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF.

Whether you’re going through a difficult time or are trying to build your dreams, having faith in yourself is key to overcoming your obstacles — in life and in business. You’ve got to believe in yourself and your strength to overcome.

HAVE FAITH IN THOSE YOU LOVE.

Having faith in those you love is more necessary than you think. When a loved one is going through a difficult time, sometimes your faith is all they have to save them from themselves. Hey, someone has to be Positive Polly, right?

HAVE FAITH IN THE ONE WHO CREATED YOU.

Having faith in Jesus Christ is just the beginning. There’s a major difference between believing in Jesus (as a higher-being) and believing Jesus (His word/promises/what He says). Living a life of faith will truly test your trust in Him because His timetable will NOT look like your timetable. Trust me.

YOU WILL GROW WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

When you’re on your journey, focus on who you’ll become after your situation is over instead of your current problems. Enjoy the process and embrace your transformation as you grow and evolve. It’s SO fulfilling when all is said and done!

I hope this advice helps you as I believe that we didn’t go through what we went through for no reason. All this to say that as we breathe a sigh of relief that we’ve finally overcome this long battle, our relationships with one another will definitely be lifelong-friendships and will transcend the test of time. And who wouldn’t want friendships like this?

Tell me, how do you live a life of faith?

To our friends who may be reading this (you know who you are), thank you. Thank you for being there for us for the last eight years. Thank you for your endless love, support, and most of all, your prayers. ‘Blessed’ is the only word I can think of because each of you mean the world to us and we are so immensely thankful for your friendship and for choosing to be in our lives. We love you more than words can ever say.

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