Prayer through difficult times
Prayer works. Though many would deem it a passive method of dealing with issues, others like Tallisia Cole would argue that praying is one of the most effective routes one can take to overcome situations that seem impossible.
Cole reflected on how rocky the road was when trying to complete her studies at university.
Faced with a fear many students encounter, coupled with additional worries that only surfaced at the wrong times, Cole explained that she would have extreme nervous breakdowns whenever it was time to sit an exam.
"My GPA was very low and I almost got kicked out of school. It's like I had a failure streak and for every semester when I had exams, there would be some trial that I'd have to be dealing with. There was always some family issue, personal issues you name it. They all came tumbling down when finals came around," she said.
Cole explained that the nervous breakdowns were so bad that she'd have restless nights leading up to the exams, with dreams of arriving at the centre either naked or after the tests had ended.
There were times, according to Cole, when her brain would go blank and even memory of her very name eluded her.
PRAYING BEFORE EXAMS
"Then I was advised to start praying before exams. I'd pray the night before that God would consecrate the room and bind all nervousness. At first, I was iffy about God really answering that prayer, so I went to exam and prayed again. There was such peace afterwards," she said, adding that she became more relaxed during exams after 'trying God'.
The 28-year-old woman told Family & Religion that come November, she will be graduating from the University of the West Indies Open Campus in Ocho Rios with a bachelor's degree in management studies with high honours.
According to her: "The prayer of friends helped, too. It was our unison in heart that touched the heart of God. The power of prayer is limitless when you put your trust in God."