The day my baby girl was born blue and had to be resuscitated.
The night I stared into nothingness because I realized what the "something" was that was wrong in my marriage.
The phone call telling me that mama was diagnosed with leukemia.
That midnight I Googled "mucopolysaccharidosis" and realized my daughter had a number of years assigned to her life.
The moment I kissed my mom goodbye and whispered I'd see her in Heaven one day.
The day I watched a baby exit my body far before her time and lose her opportunity of life.
I haven't forgotten a single one of these moments and you?
Your moments are etched in your mind too. The close calls in labor and delivery… the marital problems and perhaps, divorce… the terminal diagnoses or death of those closest to your heart… the miscarriages… the list could go on and on.
Jesus said we would have trouble in this world. I love what he said next.
But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Take heart! Have courage. Stop relying on your own strength to get you through the trouble and focus on me- I've already won.
Those close calls in labor and delivery bring us closer to Jesus. Marital issues are redeemed through Jesus. Disease can be healed by Jesus. Death has been conquered through Jesus. I've experienced that no matter the issue, Jesus is the answer.
From those deepest aching places and empty heart spaces, I face choices pivotal to both mine and my family's future. After years of these choices, I recognize that each one could make me bitter or better.
I can hide behind: "Not me."
Or empower others with "Me too."
So as a wife and mom to 7, I make the choice to share life- as-is. With our 5-spills-in-one-meal record and revolving front door, with the never-ending laundry piles and an ongoing dishwasher saga, I choose to share my "secret" to "How in the world do you do it?" It is simply that I do my best to focus on God's Word, where I find strength. I write as a reminder that each of us experience trouble in all different forms, but with Christ, we are overcomers.
PS: I have an incredible opportunity to compete on GSN's American Bible Challenge show on June 19th, 8/7c. Hope you'll watch!
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