You’re only as strong as your next move

 

You're only as strong as your next move

This past weekend, I was sitting in my house thinking about how quickly 2017 as gone by. Seriously, where did this year go! I’m not sure if anyone else does this, but the end of the year makes me contemplate my failures and successes. I’ve never been one to plan anything and for the most part, I go with the flow. But this year I’ve found that it’s okay to plan (yes, some things are unexpected).

 

Lost Time

There’s nothing I hate more than feeling like my time has been wasted. This year specifically I’ve lost a lot of time that I can’t get back. I’ve spent too much time on worrying about the small things and not enough time on the important. People have wasted my time by not being upfront and honest with me as well. So let’s say 2017 has been a long season of losing relationships & friendships that I never thought I would.

 

 

Seasons

It’s not easy coming to the realization that some things and even some people aren’t for you. I’ve learned that everything, literally, everything has a season whether you’re ready or not.  I never knew what Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 meant until now. Seasons come and go, at first, I was mad and blamed God for changing what I thought was meant for my life. Now I see it as God setting me up for my next blessing.

 

Ecclesiastes 3King James Version (KJV)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Gratitude

My perceptive is so different now that I understand that seasons change for a reason. I may not have all the time in the world or understand why some things happen the way they do,but I’m going to use the time I have to be grateful. We’ve all failed at something (will continue to) but what is your response to your failures? Your next steps will determine your gratitude and strength.

 

Will you give up because someone you thought was your forever, wasn’t? Or will you realize they weren’t worth it and you’re stronger than what you thought? Whatever you choose, just remember you’re only as strong as your next move. Checkmate.

Kineatra Jones MS, founder & editor of NaturallyNex.com loves educating women on all things natural hair, beauty, and life. Created in August 2015, NaturallyNex.com is a lifestyle, entertainment, and beauty blog. We are focused on showing the most updated information on natural hair, beauty, fashion, travel, and encouragement. NaturallyNex.com occasionally hosts contests and other giveaways.

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  1. Valerie
    November 13, 2017 / 10:07 am

    I love this!

    Hi Kineatra! You are beautiful and an exceptional writer, with whom I can relate.

    I love God and reading his word..
    As a mother I lose a lot of time, just in doing so many different needed things, that I often forget to stop and think about my time and how I manage it..

    Speaking of time, I also read stop and write it down. Which I loved hearing about making some goals and planning! Truly I want to be more focused on what’s important and planning a little more wouldn’t hurt.
    I really want to be a good stewart over all that God has given me and that includes my time! 😊

    Thank you for sharing and teaching using God’s wisdom as a foundation. His word is always the best direction and his spirit is truly the best teacher, the one that never fails or leaves you.

    God bless you in all you do, please continue to inspire people.. Always!

    With the love of Christ, 💗
    Valerie Funari
    (Baltimore, Md)

    • NaturallyNex
      November 13, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      Hi Valerie! Your words really touched me this morning! Thank you soo much for commenting your thoughts! I’m so glad that you can see God in my words because that’s definitely why I write. You’re so sweet and through your message I can feel that you can make it through anything. Be encouraged and thank you again for reaching out! <3

      -Kineatra

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