The inspiring true stories of our community and the role Jesus Christ has played in our lives.
My word is “Tired.” I chose “Tired” because there are days, even weeks, where I feel rundown and spent from everyday life. Raising a family with four kids, working a demanding job and just the everyday trials can sometimes weigh on me. “Tired” is a reminder, as stated in Isaiah 40:31, that I do not have to rely on my own strength nor do difficult times have to be an extreme burden. God asks of us to have hope in Him, then He can renew our strength and not only provide perspective and relief but we can soar to new heights despite our troubles and woes. When I am “Tired,” I can be renewed in Jesus!
My word is “Ugly.” Ever since I was a little girl, I never saw myself as beautiful. I was overweight and constantly compared myself to other girls who I thought were thinner and prettier than I was. I had a deep desire to be just like them. But after much prayer and meditation with the Word, I saw His love and how He saw me, not how the world did. I now know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made in His image. He created every single detail of my being so I can shine His light into this world in order to love and serve others.
My word is “Heartbroken.” When I found my husband of almost ten years at the time was and had been in a very involved affair, I was devastated and shocked, not to mention heartbroken. It felt as if my heart had been broken in a million little pieces, much like the pieces you find on the floor after a glass has broken. My world collapsed as I knew it. Never in my wildest dreams did I think my husband would betray me the way he did! I was living a nightmare!!! Then I turned all my energy and focus on Jesus! As I immersed myself in the Word, I felt Him envelope me in His love and compassion. Like a father who calms his daughter, I often felt His presence around me. His word kept me going day by day. Through Godly marriages, our marriage survived. We just celebrated 20 years of marriage. To God be the Glory!!!
My word is “Depressed.” I didn’t realize that what I was suffering from was depression until I was an adult, married, and with one child. It affected my whole life—from my marriage, career, decision-making, self-worth, and time management. Even my friendships were difficult, as I always felt I gave more of myself than others. Whether any of my insecure thoughts were true or not, they unnecessarily caused many battles in my mind. Through prayer, worship, and submission to Christ, I was humbled by His love and I experienced a breakthrough! Some days are still difficult, but I trust God to have His will done in my life. His mercy and grace are more than enough and I praise Him for what He’s done in me!