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Sister To Sister: The Power Of An Encouraging Word From Family

sisters-power-encouraging-word-from-family #encouragement #family #sistersWhenever your hopes and dreams appear to be headed in the wrong direction, it can be hard to be your own ‘light of guidance’ to the end of the tunnel. Sometimes you need a person there to help you snap out of your funk and get you back on track. And no one can do that better than family.

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Whether it be your spouse, your children, parents, siblings, or simply someone very close to you, the love, understanding, and most importantly objective yet supportive view of family is always the one that will give you the “swift kick” you need to get back into play.

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I just recently had this experience with my own family. For weeks on end I have seen more downs and frowns than smiles. So many different life events were happening for me at once that I began to feel as if I was losing my grip on reality. Over the past few days, I think that I have cried far more than any law allows, all the while dealing with some big-time issues and being forced to make some very difficult life-altering decisions.

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I have to be real: I felt my faith losing ground. Fast. And I knew that my responsibilities would not do me the favor of pausing while I took needed time to sort everything out. Day in and day out, I was forced to put on a brave smiling face and keep it moving. Yet I was sinking, and needed a lifeline.

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That lifeline came in the form of my sister.

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My “BigSis” – who is well over a decade older than I am – must have sensed that something was off-kilter with me in spite of us living hundreds of miles apart. She was sharing photos and videos of encouragement via Facebook, and it prompted me to open up to her about my life’s happenings.

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Without delay, she responded to me with these words:

“Just remember you have to take the good the bad and the ugly. God knows what He’s doing just say thank you Lord in and for all things. God will never leave you, He got your back. Stay strong for your kids, you can do and go through, and get over all things because God is holding your hands and God sends angels before you. I Love you”

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Even though her words read in a gentle manner, because of the fact that she is my big sister, I imagined that if we had been in the same room as I poured out my feelings to her, it would have actually gone something like this:

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This of course made me smile, because I know she would have bopped me in the head like she used to do when I was a child and yell at me to simply “Pull myself together!!:)

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Then, because I always tell my sister that she and Mary J Blige are twins :), I thought of this song, which is one of my “go-to” tunes whenever I am going through a rough time.

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With all of this, I began to feel stronger, more powerful than I had felt in a while. I felt my motivation and optimism returning to me.

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Why am I saying all of this? It is not just as a humongous “Thank You” and shout-out to my sister, but also to give you something to consider in your own world. Many times when life gets really bad, there is a tendency to shut out the rest of the world and try to deal with things alone. The problem of this is that it can lead to us unknowingly shutting out the not only the people who can give us the support and listening ear that we need, but also the people who love and care for us the most.  And usually, those people are the members of your family.

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When a sports team is trailing behind in a game, the coach does not bench all of the players and run out to finish the game all by themselves. Instead, they share with the team their view of what has happened, and relies on the members even more.

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It is the very same with life.

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So, next time you are faced with problems, refrain from trying to hold it all in to yourself. Seek out your family—blood related or otherwise considered—to have empathy, comfort, and encouragement during your journey. You will find that the most powerful gift that you have against feelings of discouragement and defeat is the power of family.

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Makeba Giles is an Inspiration, Culture, Lifestyle, and Family Blogger. She is also a Midwest Mother of four, and the Founder and Creative Director of MELISASource.com. | EMAIL: melisasource@yahoo.com

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