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Top 5 Life & Business Lessons Learned in 2022 by Fideliz Cruz

I believe life is all about experiences. Experiences that have been created for us giving us an opportunity to choose the overall outcome - regardless whether the experience is a good or a bad one.. and whether it is something we have created for ourselves or have suddenly just stepped into, at the end of the day, we have the power to choose what we make of the experience. Each life and business experience are so unique and all bringing with it lessons to be learned. I know we can all agree that in the middle of a bad experience, we all just want to zoom past it and get to the other side... but after it all and looking back in hind site, we know that all of these moments, each experience, is producing in us a much needed life lesson. Reminds me of this scripture: "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." - James 1:2-4 The experiences we go through in life help refine, mould and shape us to be the person that God has called us to be.

It is up to us what we make of each experience... we either become bitter and refuse to learn from the experience or grow better and embrace the new found life lessons that will surely bring about maturity and wisdom. Such is His design. I believe every experience is an opportunity to grow & 2022 did not fail in bringing about life lessons. Life truly is a school and experience is the best teacher! There's so many life and business lessons learned in 2022 and I can't fit all of them here, so I decided to pick my top 5 and share them with you: 1) We are more resilient than we think.

2022 has been the toughest year for me.. there were so many times I thought I would give up. The past years have bought about battles and challenges too but I must admit this year was the worst. It was the lowest I had been. But thank God He is faithful and He continues to remind us that we are not on this journey alone. Thank God for a faith-filled community like KWE, and close friends and families that have been there for me during these low times. I know I wouldn't be able to get through it without you and God has blessed me with you by my side. Literally like angels sent each time I was alone and needed a simple "hello" someone would be there to see if I was OK. Because of your encouragement and patience with me - for speaking life over me and reminding me that I can get through this with Jesus, I was reminded of God's love each day and slowly but surely I start to regain my strength again.. I thought I wouldn't make it, but this is proof that we are more resilient than we think. God has given us His Holy Spirit to cause us to overcome! Without going through these experiences, we would never know just how resilient we are! "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart

and my portion forever." - Psalm 73:26

2) People's actions and attitudes have nothing to do with you.

There will be times when people say or do things that will hurt you. Whether it be knowingly or unknowingly..... there will always be someone that will unfortunately hurt you though action and words. I guess it specially hurts the most when it is someone you love and respect the most.

And it can be an automatic respond to ask ourselves "what have I done to deserve this?" or "what did I do wrong"... But no matter what angle we look at, we need to understand that peoples actions or attitudes doesn't have much to do with you... it is in fact a reflection of them.

I know this one is easier said than done.. definitely need to choose each day not to listen to the lies the enemy want's us to believe. A victim mentality that says it is either our fault or we deserve to be treated this way. We need to change the narrative and look at the situation as it is.

When someone is going thought something, it can manifest in their actions and attitudes and it has nothing to do with you. Give yourself grace and remove yourself from the mentality of being a victim.

3) Knowing your Kingdom Identity & worth is a must.

When going though tough times, the enemy wants to sow in doubt and if we're not careful we can buy into his scheme. Knowing you Kingdom Identity & worth is a must stand in faith no matter what and refuse to listen to the enemy's lies. Put on the full armour and guard your heart at all times. Stand by God's word and use it to confront the enemies lies. "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." - Ephesians 6:10-18

4) You can't have victory if you don't go through a battle.

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