At every negative you encounter, you’re learning more about what doesn’t work, what you don’t want, and what isn’t you. If you see a difficult season for the value it has, you don’t have to default to despising your life. You can deal with your circumstances intentionally by bringing them immediately to God—before they have a chance to damage your heart and mind. Ask Him how He sees things, who He wants to be for you in them, and how to best deal with them.
Breathe. Focus on how much you are loved, and on everything you have to be thankful for. Being patient for the answers is giving grace to yourself, because most of the time, He’s transforming you to become His brilliant, positive response to the next negative situation.
“But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image” (2 Corinthians 3:16-18).