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“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!”
Psalms 31:24 ESV
I won last place.
Words, enthusiastically written to my grandmother, about the first school race I competed in at age eight.
Words, which ended up searing into my very soul, as my family jokingly shared that story – time and time again.
Somewhere deep in my spirit I began to buy into the lie – I will never be good enough. What better proof than my own family laughing at me for winning last place.
Fast-forward thirty-five years. An offhand comment from a friend brings the lie to the surface. The story of being mocked by my family tumbles out of my mouth as “proof” that I am not good enough. My friend looks at me with a puzzled look on her face and says “are you sure they weren’t admiring your optimism and perseverance? “
Suddenly, my “proof” disappears. The lie is brought to the surface, to be replaced with God’s truth.
Lies keep us in bondage. They make us fearful. Bringing the lies into the light of God’s truth, sets us free. We become free to follow Christ wherever He leads, whatever our circumstances. We become free to be aligned with His will, for His purposes, which are perfect, pleasing, and acceptable.
What lies do you believe? Is it one of these?
I’m not good enough.
No one cares.
If only I had done things differently.
I can’t do this because my husband is gone.
I don’t have a purpose anymore.
Throughout my journey, these lies can sometimes creep into my thinking. When they do, I try to replace them with God’s truth. There is a lot at stake here. Not just for my well-being but also for the Kingdom of God. I have been created to be a part of the body of Christ; I have a purpose to fulfill. Christ died on the Cross so that my life could be a testimony of God’s grace. My life and my purpose did not end when my husband passed away.
Dictionary.com defines courage as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc. without fear.” There is no doubt we are facing one of the most difficult situations you can face on this earth, the loss of our loved one. We need courage to respond to the challenges we face each and every day. We need courage to survive. But God wants us to do more than survive; He wants us to be everything He intended. We will need to continue to grow in courage.
Register today to join us at the Widows Conference in Dallas, Feb.26-28th. Don’t miss the opportunity to find out more on how you can “Grow in Courage” and many other topics that will help you fulfill God’s purposes for your life.
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