At the age of 39, I had the rug ripped out from under me as the life I had worked toward and hoped for fell to pieces. Success in my career that led me to running my own business along with a second chance at marriage all came crumbling down. I was a single mom with no job, no idea what jobs I could even pursue, living in a small town in Iowa. I reached the point of having to sell everything I could and put my house on the market. I squeezed what was left into a 14-foot U-Haul and moved back to New York to live with my mother. After four months without a job, I finally succumbed to an offer to sell commercial security systems for ADT – when I had zero interest in sales. Not to mention how scary it is to think that I had to measure for the wire needed to install the security systems I sold!
That was not where I thought I would be as I embarked on my 40s. What I didn’t realize at the time was that, while I had a plan, God had a different and much better one than I could have dreamt up. But first, His plan required that I become completely dependent on Him – to seek Him first, lean on Him for strength, trust and follow Him and learn who He says I am.
Perhaps you're in a difficult place in your life right now, wondering what to do next and if you can even get through it. During a recent conversation with my sister, Michelle, she commented on the positive impact she saw from my work as Executive Director for WiM. I joyfully responded, “who would have thought I would be doing this work … 20 years ago!” When I stopped to reflect on where I was 20 years ago, I realized how low I had been brought and just how much God has provided in my life since then. I know He wants to do the same for you.
Over the last 20 years, I have had to walk through a good bit of adversity – financial hardship, six moves, separation from my young son, and job challenges and changes, to name a few. I have also experienced tremendous blessings – a closer relationship with my mom, a healthier perspective on material things, many great friendships, greater humility, increased faith, and the realization that my work matters to God.
When I look back, I can see how God has been guiding and providing for me all along the way, using even the most bizarre situations to teach me how dependent I am on Him and that I truly can do all things through Christ who strengthens me as long as I remain surrendered to Jesus. And one of the most valuable gems that has come out of the last 20 years or so is that I am able to encourage others because of what God has brought me through.
If you are in Christ, you are an overcomer. We all face adversity at different points in our lives. Some certainly seem to face much more difficult times than others. But no matter what you’re going through, God is greater and He can turn it around for good (Romans 8:28). He loves you, and nothing can separate you from His amazing love (Romans 8:37-39).
For more encouragement and practical steps you can take, I hope you’ll join us for Stories from Overcomers to hear from three amazing women and how they overcame adversity through faith. This panel discussion will take place over Zoom on Wednesday, August 11th from Noon to 1:00 pm central. Register free today.