Turning Points!

We all have times in our lives when we can look back and reflect on events or places where our lives took a specific turn in a singular direction. For some people this turning point is a positive, maybe a birth, a marriage or a graduation. Or perhaps it is directly related to a person who was influential in good choices made such as coach, a teacher, or even a spouse.

Then there are other turning points such as the death of a loved one, an illness, a job loss or unexpected tragedies that seemingly crush us under their weight.

Our experiences, whatever they are, help mold us into the people we become. Hopefully we learn to appreciate the good and endure the bad, gaining wisdom and strength from these lessons life has to offer.

Yet, we aren’t relegated to circumstances dictating our ultimate destination. Our experiences indeed impact the people we become, but they don’t have to define us.

God allows us to decide if the experiences we are forced to endure will wear us down or build us up.

Our lives have many roads to the same destination. Sometimes we take the scenic route. At other times we may be relegated to a few detours.  A few people even reach their goals with a straight sprint from point A to Z. However, most of us will sometimes walk, sometimes crawl but as long as we’re still moving, that’s all that really counts.

As we transition from one season to another, allow your turning points, whatever they are to turn you in the right direction.

Sometimes we need to turn away from people, places and even our own thoughts and habits.

At others, we may need to turn toward our God if we find ourselves lost, disoriented and lacking the direction we need to fulfill our purpose.

Take some time to look back on the good and give thanks. Reflect on the negatives and know that they too can serve a purpose.

Make the choice to reassess who you are and what you choose to do.  The change you seek begins with you.

If you’ve given up on a dream, maybe it is time to take another look. You may be closer than you ever imagined if you can simply hold on and don’t give up.

If you’ve made some mistakes along the way that’s fine too. Simply acknowledge them and learn from them. It often takes the very worst of times to drive us toward God’s very best.

If you are seeking to turn yourself around, take this time to turn away from what was and look toward what can be.

Turn toward the Light.

For He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.  Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:10-11 NKJV

By Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist


  1. This is a great post, just what I needed to read right now.

    God has made it clear to me lately that I need to make some adjustments to how I have been living and what I have been spending too much of my time on. One day, I will look back on this as a turning point in my life.

    Lovr the last verse you used, it could not be more relevant to me right now.

    God bless,


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  2. Oh to hold onto the dream and keep going…as always, you inspire me not to give up. Thank you for your beautiful post. Blessings and peace to you Lilka 🙂


  3. Lilka, I love this post! I to am experiencing a “Turning Point” in my life. A turning point that brings great excitement and hope for the future. So, please pray for me as God continues to lead me on the path marked out for me.


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