“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” ~ Bernice Reagon
When faced with a challenge in life, whether self-inflicted or unexpected, how do you see it? Does it begin to define you, diminish you, or help you develop into the person you were created to be?
I (Lisa) have had the privilege of sitting with people, especially women, from various cultures and backgrounds, listening to stories of trials and injustices I cannot begin to comprehend. In recent months, I’ve sat in the homes of refugees and in homes of people who have been marginalized. They shared stories of rape, murder of a family member, and fleeing for their lives to unknown places. A group of us sat in the living room with one family, listening to the mother share how they were helping others in their community while she nurtured a recent bullet wound in her leg.
What is amazing to me is that most often, I don’t experience hatred or defeat from these people; I see glimmers of hope and a willingness to stand up for the injustices and help others in the process. I see strength and courage and tenacity. I see the best in a human heart and spirit. I always walk away humbled and challenged to change my own attitudes and perspectives when it comes to certain challenges I face in my own life.
How do you see life’s challenges and obstacles?
- Do you accept challenges as opportunities for growth and discovery?
- Do you lean in to them to learn and discover more about yourself?
- Do your challenges from the past define you?
- Do you deny what it is in front of you without embracing moments for God to reveal Himself in personal ways to you?
- Do you quit too soon, before a miracle is about to break through?
- Do you see yourself as someone, who with God’s strength, can overcome?
Our first guest on Girlfriendit Radio this week is from our partner ministry, Bloom, which inspires and connects church planting wives. Bloom is under the umbrella of Stadia, which plants churches that intentionally care for children. “They won’t stop…until every child has a church.”
Tracie Raitz, and her husband, Jason, planted Thrive Church in Mt Pleasant, MI almost two years ago. Tracie is in charge of Thrive Kidz Operations and Jason is the lead pastor. Two of their four kids are living with a genetic disorder, but they are thriving as a family!
Our second guest is Becky Wade, the Carol Award-and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award-winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine and her latest, A Love Like Ours.
Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad when Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances for the general market then put her career on hold to care for her kids. When God called her back to writing, she knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.