As a child, I struggled with reading. In first grade, my teacher held me back because she said that I failed at reading. Oftentimes, she publicly embarrassed me in the classroom. It was absolutely humiliating and hurtful.
This led to a poor self-esteem. I was plagued with shame. I felt unworthy. No matter how hard I tried, it seemed like I wasn't good enough.
As a little girl, I was frustrated. I felt inadequate and stupid. Yet, I was determined to learn how to read. So I persevered. I didn’t give up on myself.
Thankfully, my older sister helped me to learn how to read. She took the time to assist me with this new skill. And then something amazing happened.
I fell in love with reading! I would go to my neighbors homes and read to their children. I wanted them to enjoy stories that took us to far away lands and were magical.
Eventually, my love for reading turned into my passion for writing. At 11 years old, I knew that I wanted to become an author. How exciting that God used my most difficult childhood obstacle to turn it into becoming a published author.
I not only love reading books, but I adore writing books. Usually, I juggle two or more books at a time. Currently, I'm completing my fourth nonfiction. It’s a dream come true!
Today, understand that strength comes from struggles. It will test your faith. It will produce perseverance and build your character.
The struggle you’re battling today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Instead of letting it defeat you, see it as an opportunity. Rather than viewing it as negative, consider how something positive can result from it.
Learn from it. Grow wiser. Go from bitter to better.
In the midst of struggling, allow it to produce more patience. Humble yourself. Trust that when you finally overcome this hardship you will become empowered and that much stronger of a person.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)