You can overcome
My mom’s childhood is very similar to many, instability at home and poverty. She struggled as she sought to find her identity fighting defeating thoughts about herself, even after turning to God as a teenager. Through her determination to discover more about God and to trust in his promises, she overcame. She overcame, and it allowed her to minister effectively to her husband and her children and to many hurting people she met in her journey through life.
Because of her testimony, I have adopted the same attitude, that by pursuing God and his word and by trusting in his promises, I can overcome anything. I have found that one of the fiercest battles in one’s life can be the battle of the mind. I have learnt and I am still learning how to guard my mind from destructive thoughts, beliefs and perceptions. Mom thought us how to preserve our mind and our heart, how to embrace love, joy and peace, how to think only on the things that were just, and lovely, and of good virtue. She confessed with her mouth, the victory bestowed upon us by God himself; she claimed it, it became her survival mechanism or rather God became her survival mechanism..
Like many others, Mom has won the battle against negative thoughts, a poor self image and fear of speaking up. She read and memorized scripture passages that renewed her mind, established hope and exposed the real nature of the Evil One, who is fixed towards destroying men.
She really believed that she was valuable to God and that he had a purpose for her even as a stay-at-home Mom and Pastor’s wife; she certainly discovered that she was not a loser or a lost and defeated nobody but rather a Queen, worthy of being considered and thought of by the most powerful being in this earth. Now that she has overcome, she is living in God’s freedom even in the midst of many who are still trapped in personal bondage.
Application: We can easily sink into depression and self-pity, if we allow ourselves to focus on the negative experiences of growing up. Instead look for the lessons to be learnt and embrace them. Get to know God by reading the Bible regularly and understand what he thinks about you and the wonderful plans he has for you. Only God can help you understand the correct perception of you. He describes you as wonderfully made and made in His Image; that’s just awesome!!
Final Lesson on Thursday……