“The basic difference between an ordinary (wo)man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary (wo)man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse.” ~ Carlos Castaneda, Anthropologist
Growing While Grieving
My mom wrote me a letter once that said, “things we call hardships or trials (or curses) are often actually blessings in disguise sent by God.” Part of finding the blessing is taking our life experiences as challenges.
Most of our real growing and refining comes when we gain insight and understanding about life through our disappointments and (what we see as) defeats.
When I was navigating the ocean of divorce, there were times I was far from shore and could not see one good thing that could possibly come from my situation. I felt that it was not only a complete defeat of everything I stood for, but an almost irreparable destruction of me. But I was wrong.
The Lord Is Your Strength
When my agonizing grieving period was finally coming to a close, my perspective started to change. Instead of dwelling on my heartache, I began to look ahead and search for the good in the inevitable.
But I definitely didn’t do it on my own. It was God who brought me through it. And it was the support of my family, friends and fellow strugglers that sustained me on the hard days.
The Bible says, “Truth, righteousness, peace, faith and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s word is an indispensable weapon.
In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.” Those are fighting words. Overcoming the grief of divorce is a battle. And this is not just an earthly battle, it’s a spiritual battle as well.
You’re a Warrior Woman, so use every weapon the Lord has provide you. And take heart that your ultimate victory is promised.
“Be prepared. You are up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet.” ~ Ephesians 6:13 (The Message)