RIZE UP! USE YOUR POWER
I remember a time in my life when I kept everything bottled up in side. I feared that if I shared my struggles with someone it would make me less of a person, leave me open for judgement and let’s face it, vulnerable to snarky comments from the sidelines. Another reason I remained silent was PRIDE. It influenced my actions and decisions causing me to suffer unnecessarily. As a result, I built an emotional wall to prevent others from getting too close and gave fake answers when people asked me how I was doing. Never mind the fact that I was on the verge of losing my home, financially broke, and emotionally bankrupt all while dealing with my mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and my father’s declining health. I felt trapped and at times, I truly believed that things would never turn around. My faith was tested and yes, I failed multiple times and wanted to give up, but by the grace of God, support from my inner circle of friends, some corrective actions and the testimony of other strong women, I was able to turn my life around.
I came to understand that my struggles and victories could encourage others. As I shared my story with my knees shaking and my heart pounding with fear, I felt release and in many cases when I shared my raw and uncensored story, women began to cry and tell me that they too were facing similar situations and dealing with the pain and shame. We found strength in sharing and encouraging each other.
In Luke 8:39, the man was instructed to go home and share how much God had done for him. Again, in Revelations 12:11, we learn that the power to overcome is found in the words of our testimony. 2 Timothy 1:8-9 tells us not to be ashamed of the testimony about God, instead share it boldly. Sharing your struggle and victory can be the key to helping someone overcome and walk in victory. Don’t remain silent! If you have a story you want us to consider for our Rize Up! Podcast, we invite you to submit your story here.