Last year, my daughter had a big problem. I won’t tell you what this problem is because I want to honor her privacy. But seriously, it was a big deal. She cried about this issue, she struggled, she went through all the feels – being mad at herself, feeling sorry for herself, getting angry, pouty and even feeling ashamed. We spent hours and hours talking through and processing this issue from every angle. We unpacked how she got into this situation in the first place, what we could have done to prevent it, and how to get out of it in a reasonable way. It was the biggest problem my little daughter had ever faced in her life.
My daughter and I worked out a plan to tackle this problem head on. Every day, we worked on this issue. We chipped away at it little by little. Ultimately, my daughter conquered her problem after several months of hard work. What a joyous day it was when that problem was finally gone! My daughter felt so proud of herself, and I was too! We processed her victory. We discussed how powerful and strong she is, how determined she is! We talked through how she is empowered by God to change the direction of her life by choosing well.
It was a relief to not think about this problem anymore. We were both so happy to get a break from talking about the problem. Back to normal life! Hooray!
Fast forward to today. The problem is back. It didn’t happen all at once. It was so gradual we didn’t even notice that the problem had returned. When the reality of the situation hit us, my daughter cried. Feeling so defeated, she went through all the feels again, but even worse than before. The devil whispered all sorts of lies in her ears, telling her she was stupid, worthless and a failure for letting the problem return.
I scooped my daughter into my arms and loved on that sweet girl. I told her the truth. The truth is, she is an overcomer. The truth is, she’s defined by God’s love, not by her situation or her shortcomings. The truth is, new beginnings are available every day. The truth is, being human means success sometimes and setbacks other times! The truth is, she can do this!
After many tears and snuggles, my daughter finally cheered up. We are back to where we were a year ago, slowly chipping away at the problem, working on it day by day.
And you know what? She’s okay. She’s totally at peace with herself. She’s blocking out those stupid lies and giving herself grace for each day. I’m so proud of my baby girl. She is an overcomer, an unstoppable force for the Kingdom of God.
Dear reader, is there a problem in your life that’s getting you down? I’m praying that God will reveal the truth to you. The truth is you are loved. You are an overcomer. You are your Father’s child, and he fights on your behalf. You are going to make mistakes, and it doesn’t shock our Father when we do! God loves us the same when we fail or when we succeed. But hear me clearly….You can do this. You can tackle your problem. You are a powerful person, with the ability to choose well for yourself. God bless you! God believes in you – and so do I!