I am a woman just like YOU. I am divorced, a responsible parent, an employee, a manager, a student, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a leader, a giver, a provider, a care-taker, a cancer survivor, I struggle with depression, I struggle with low self-esteem, I struggle with praising God in the midst of my negative circumstances, I am not perfect… but most importantly, I am a child of the most high God and like you, I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
In my adult life I struggled to define “who” I was. Eventually, I embarked on a journey of rediscovering who I was in Christ. Notice that I purposely said “rediscovery” because growing up I was always told “who” I was – confident, educated, charismatic (just like my father), respectful, humble, and beautiful (just like my mother) but as I matured and life ‘happened’, that knowledge of who I was faded and I went through a “wilderness” season where I felt lost and suffered from depression, low self-esteem and even attempted suicide. I finally got so tired of hitting rock bottom, blaming others and having to ‘start over’ that I threw up my hands, fell on my knees and said “Lord, I surrender to your will and to your way”.
Now, don’t get me wrong, that was much easier said than done :-). For those sisters who are a (self-diagnosed) Type A personality or a Superwoman like myself, you know how difficult it is to surrender control to anyone, let alone someone you can’t see, feel, hear, touch (with your five senses). I had to come to the realization that I wasn’t surrendering to just anyone but rather to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ; I had to realize that He was always in control of my life and I only thought that I was “…the master of my fate and the captain of my soul”. C’mon now, God told Moses in Exodus 3:14 “I am that I am” and here I was thinking I was in control – the joke was definitely on me. The challenge of trusting God with everything and surrendering all areas of my life to Him is an ongoing struggle but again I say “I am PERsuaded that not matter how SEVERe the trial, I will enjoy complete deliverANCE!”
I now know that my purpose in life to help others who struggle with persevering through the trials of life. My goal is to suggest practical resources that help, and not hinder you, from reaching your full potential. We have to stick together (like a basket) we are stronger when we are interwoven and together we persevere!