Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Do you have a battle cry?
Athletes understand a battle cry of confidence.
They also understand the struggles ahead, and if they are powerful competitors, they know what winning really means—it’s the joy of the battle, not merely a trophy.
Check out this battle cry from the 2014 World Cup:
Crowds of Americans chanted “I believe that we will win” over and over, even though all odds were against the US winning a World Cup.
All odds against winning, but we Americans shouted it anyway.
Were we ignoring the odds, or did we understand what winning really meant? Once I got into the routine of life without my husband, I asked myself the same question…Do I understand what winning in my journey as a widow means?
They tell us widows, young and old, “you’ve got to move forward”.
That’s hard when you have layers of grief, pain, denial, anger and self-pity to overcome.
So it’s tears and stumbles. It’s waking up alone and pushing your way out of bed, only to be faced with reality again – he’s gone.
What does God say to that? Are we moving towards victory or survival?
We believe that we will win. Maybe it should be “we believe that we HAVE WON.”
Because we aren’t living to win. We are living based on winning. He’s already won. You’re just living out His victory!
Not to say you won’t have trouble. But when you do have it, God’s there to kick trouble in the shins! 2 Thessalonians 1:6 (NIV) says, “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.”
In those moments when your struggles bring despair, take heart. Everything will get better.
Those moments humble you and tear you open like a seed which must be broken open to germinate. Out of brokenness you grow into a new woman in a new season.
While you sit in your brokenness, don’t let anything replace real Truth. New romance, shopping with inheritance money, drugs, wine. None of that will heal. God’s Truth is the only thing that lasts in the end.
That Truth is we are not just broken because we experienced loss. All in this world are broken and filled with the weight of our sins. And it’s only through recognizing just how awful that sin is that we win. We take the weight of sin off and hand it over to Christ, who paid for it once and for all by shedding His blood on the cross so you can now walk free. Is this new to you?
Don’t let Truth pass you by, sister, because it’s in that Truth that you will finally believe, from the heart that YOU WILL WIN! Read more about His Truth and how you can be saved here, and if you need one of our writers to pray with you to accept Christ in your life, please contact us here.
Trust God on this–there will be an end to the sorrow. Things will become new for you—that’s a promise straight from God’s Word: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
That new is here, and you can experience it in this life through the impact you make, and through God’s blessings of a new abundant life. Ultimately, God will make all things new in Heaven. You will be redeemed from this widowhood!
You will no longer awake in your bed alone.
You will no longer walk through life without your best friend.
You will no longer carry the burdens of your household alone.
You will have companionship, love and fellowship.
What He doesn’t heal in this life, He will completely redeem in the next!
We believe—WE WILL WIN!
Dear God, we’ve won. Already. Help us remember that You’ve already brought victory to us by dying on the cross. You’ve defeated sin. All of our tears will be wiped away–here, or when we stand before You. Please give all of my sisters here strength and knowledge of your Truth. Amen.
Kit Hinkle is an author and speaker. She was an original writer of A Widow’s Might in 2008, and after four years with that ministry, expanded it and founded A New Season Ministries, Inc. Once the ministry became established, she turned the leadership over, yet continues to contribute articles while she focuses on her finest career as a home school mother to four teen boys–one of them launched in college. She has lived through corporate careers as a chemical engineer and a management consultant, but now enjoys walks on the beach with her chocolate lab. She loves to sit with another who is walking through her tough road and show that woman Christ. It’s an honor to participate in His kingdom.
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