I believe every journey, no matter how difficult, starts with our own faith and beliefs. The road is not always easy, and I know there will be hurdles to overcome, but I ask during our time together, that you trust yourself and this process we are about to embark upon. I find that through prayer I am able to quiet my mind and heart down, and allow peace to guide me forward.
Here is a prayer, and excerpt from my new book in the works, that I wrote to help me when I was at my lowest point a few years ago. I had hit rock bottom, was frustrated and feeling like life wasn't moving in the direction that I really wanted. I questioned my purpose, my value and most of all my own sense of self. I found many nights where all I could do was pray, hold onto my faith and let go of all control and understanding of why. I gave my heart, my mind and my spirit over to God in that darkest hour.
I wanted to share this with those of you who are feeling stuck, or are hurting, or simply feel lost. I hope this helps you regain your faith and set your compass north again.
Help me find my way. I feel like recently I have gotten off the path I want to be on and the one you intended for me. I have lost some faith along the way to guide me down the path that is truly mine. My heart is open to your love. I want to receive love, believe in love, and be open to love fully without reservation. Not only does this mean love of others, but love of myself, as well.
I want to achieve the greatest depths of love through your guidance and accept love from others and for myself. I want to love full out and big, and hope to be able to accept that magnitude of love in return. Help me find my way back. Help me trust in my faith and in your love. Help me to believe in hope again.
In the reflection of your love, I will see the true image of myself, a representation of your perfection. Faith in love, so pure and unyielding, without judgement for the past or apprehension for the future, truly will be the catalyst that sets me free. For the present is the only opportunity to witness the miracles of my soul and to love in all your glory.
Forgiveness and faith also will be key in unlocking the walls I have cemented and the barriers I have built. For these will allow love to flow freely from within my heart. I no longer wish for my fears to paralyze me, but instead I ask for your guidance. I humbly ask you to help me find peace and love within myself, and to be courageous in my quest for truth and growth.
For I am a glorious and powerful child of God. I strive to live a more loving, more beautiful, and more harmonious life. I will not only speak of balance in my life, I will embrace it fully and without fear. I know I was created to be great and to sing the song within my heart. Through this journey, I will start to learn how to abundantly live my life with a greater sense of mission and purpose. I will allow my true self to shine the light that is only mine to give.
With my faith, in your grace, I humbly thank you.
Candy Barone is a leadership development expert, trainer & executive coach. She also is an international speaker, author, and the CEO & Founder of You Empowered Strong, LLC.