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Having Faith in a Higher Power can Help you Persevere

We must remember that the mystery of life and the struggles we go through have a message behind them. They are not the end, but rather the beginning of a new chapter. You just need to believe in something larger to get you through your struggle in order to persevere. — Alexa Cucchiara, Power to Persevere

Faith is a very special gift. It is trust in something, or someone, greater. Martin Luther, an influential figure during the Protestant Reformation, defines faith as “a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” Just like Luther, I place my faith in God. He is always available for us to turn toward as a divine option. The reason I believe this to be true is because of the relationship I built with him and Jesus through my traumatic experience. Before my diagnosis, I went to heaven and met Jesus. Long story short, he told me these words: “Do not worry, everything is going to be okay.” I held these words close to me throughout my challenging moments during chemotherapy and they ultimately helped me persevere.

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Many have contradicting thoughts on God, but believing in a higher power has healed me in ways I cannot explain. It helps me get through each day. Whenever I feel alone, God allows me to escape that isolation and make me feel like I have a companion. In Power to Persevere I talk about how Pastor Rex Duval (PR) also experienced his warmth and divine nature just moments after he converted his trust in him. PR went from dealing drugs and getting involved in the mafia to living sober and free of pain through his faith.

Evidently, God does not challenge us with difficulties he does not think we could handle, regardless of how horrible they make us feel. In general, troubling times are God’s way of bringing us in closer to his comfort. He uses your hardships as vessels to trusting him. God has made a pathway for our lives, and it is up to us to have faith in him.

Just have a little faith.

I am curious if you also have experienced a moment like ours.

With love,

AC

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Vulnerability as a Virtue

A lot of people would agree that becoming vulnerable is like showing your weakness. What those people do not understand is that it takes a lot of strength and courage to show your true self. It might be one of the most difficult phenomena, but when you express your innermost self, there is no stress. You free yourself from the proverbial weight on your shoulders.

Sometimes we can associate vulnerability with a lack of control or power, but it actually displays great grit. It gives us an opportunity to turn something heavy into something light and manageable. Our secrets can become a sanctuary of safety for others.

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One afternoon at a local store, my cashier complimented me on my buzz cut. I was flattered and accepted her compliment with grace. As I accepted my receipt and started to gather my bags to leave, she continued to speak to me. She shared with me that she also had her head buzzed. “I lost all of my hair to breast cancer over twenty years ago,” she said. I paused and looked at her.

She was my light of hope at that moment. The fact that she was standing alive to this day, cancer-free, made me start to tear up. There was something that motivated me to share my story with her on why my head was buzzed.

She inspired me to take pride in my flaw, to become vulnerable. I told her that my hairstyle was not by choice, but rather because I had cancer and was currently undergoing chemotherapy.

She started to share with me the beauty of coming out on the other side, and encouraged me to keep my faith high because I was going to be okay. At the same time, another woman overheard the conversation and came up to us. She shared with me that she also had cancer. If it was not for these two ladies, I would have never felt comforted by this sense of community when I was the most distraught. With that, I encourage you to share your story to someone else.

How will you be vulnerable?

With love,

AC

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