Upon receiving this fabulous news, I headed on over to Women's Bible Cafe to discover that my name was listed with the women of faith who I greatly admire. I was speechless! Never in a million years would I have dreamed of being in the same category as Beth Moore, Joyce Myer, and Sheila Walsh. What an honor and blessing to be considered a Christian leader in ministry!
Of course, nine years ago when I felt called by God to start a writing ministry to encourage women, I didn't know how sharing my own transparent story could touch other lives in a positive way. Despite uncertainty and fear of revealing my own true self, a broken woman with a painful past and serious rock bottom moments, I wrote where it hurt most. Battling fibromyalgia. Suffering anxiety and depression. Being an ADDer mom raising three children diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities. Searching for God in the ravaging storms of life and finding His arms opened wide to embrace me as His cherished daughter.
Through 22 years of coming to know Christ intimately, I've come to realize that God can use anything, including five years ago when I became suicidal after serious complications with a cocktail of harsh medications. When I was plunged into the darkest pit of despair, God was still with me. When I became hopeless, He never left my side. During wicked withdrawal symptoms and several years trying to regain my health, He softly whispered, "For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
If you are enduring your own cold season in which you're facing uncontrollable situations, never underestimate the power of God. No matter where you have been or what you have gone through, He can use negative experiences and transform them into something good. I have seen with my own eyes real life miracles, including my husband who celebrates 22 years of being free from his addictions.
Jesus wants to set you free, today. To give you a vibrant life, health, and healing. I pray that through the good times and bad times, you will fix your eyes on Christ. When we take our focus off of ourselves and our trials, we can suddenly see how faithful the Lord is to us. Never give up hope on yourself and most certainly never give up hope in God. Step out in faith by trusting you will be victorious.
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