I WILL Overcome


Dear Stifled Self,

Accidents happen. People lie. Crimes occur. Storms arise. People cheat. People change. Nothing ever stays the same…

Plots twist and thicken.

But I will win- not lose- ’cause I REFUSE to live MY life as a victim.

I have options. And I know enough to ask for help when I can’t identify those options for myself. My situation is not helpless and I am not hopeless. I can say with boldness “I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me…”

I REFUSE to exist in the suffocating abyss of a victim’s mentality.

I choose to live in victory. I choose to THRIVE- not just survive. I will not settle for being alive with lack. I will keep it moving and not turn back. I will not be distracted by subtraction or division. I will stop blaming others for MY decisions.

I REFUSE to live imprisoned to my mistakes.

I will stop making excuses for my abusers and abuses. I will step away from stagnation and with elation, to my own destiny show up…

I REFUSE to grow old without ever growing up.

I will set boundaries for myself. I will stand up and speak up for my life and health. My happiness is left to me and no one else…

I REFUSE to self-destruct as a result of anybody’s dysfunction.

I will stop trying to make sense out of non-sense and ungodly injunctions. I will stop poisoning my productivity with toxic relationships and empty promises…

I REFUSE to cast my life into anybody’s providences.

I will not be a victim of the threatening, fast, and furious system. I will forgive my past and rewrite my future…

‘Cause I REFUSE to be sutured into thinking I made it this far to only make it this far.

And I REFUSE to be scarred by the what-ifs of worst-case scenarios.

I will stand on God’s Word and the aerial view of His omniscience. I will submit my fears, my trauma, my tears, my drama, my bitterness, my brokenness, my resentment, my discontentment, my insecurities, my immaturities, my pride, my power, and allllll my incompetence to my All-Seeing, All-knowing, Ever-faithful, Ever-graceful, Incorruptible, Indestructible Almighty God. He rests me. He gets me. He got me. And He got this…

I REFUSE to live my life in anxiousness.

I am not a victim.

I have much better options.

I WILL overcome.


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Sailing the Seas of 2014


The passage is uncertain. The passengers may change. Despite your good intentions, the course won’t stay the same. Such is the voyage through our sea of life. As you sail upon the unknown waters of 2014, great each dawn with gratitude and meet the dusk with grace. Allow the Son to shine through your heart and light someone’s darkness along the way. No man is an island; we need each other to survive. This year, be present. Be open. Be merciful. Be humble. Be kind.

Here are a few tips to help you along the way:

  • Travel lightly while journeying from shore to shore. Take the lessons of yesteryear and leave the worries to wash away like footprints in the sand. Unpack those bags of bitterness, pride, unforgiveness, and defeat. Use the cargo space of your heart to harbor blessings- not emotional baggage. It’s impossible to move forward when you’re anchored to your past. This time,  commit to being transformed by the renewing of your mind.
  • Understand the fjords of all flesh. It’s weak. Manipulative. Impulsive. Impatient. Immature. Remember, your voyage is spiritual- not physical. Your flesh will always steer you in the wrong direction.   And it’ll attempt to jump ship long before your faith falls overboard. You know you’ve come too far to turn back to your comfort zones of compromise and discontent. Besides, aren’t you tired of starting over- over and over again? Commit to the journey this time. Allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen you during waves of weakness. Your flesh is not your friend. Be vigilant.
  • And know that storms will come… and storms will go. They’re inevitable… just like their expiration dates. You’ve been through them before and you’ll overcome them again. The winds may howl and the waves may come crashing down, but the Captain of the sea will never let you drown in a hurricane of despair. It’s only when you focus on the current instead of the Captain that you begin sinking. Be encouraged. He knows, He cares, and even when you can’t see His hand, He’s always in control.

So as you sail upon these unknown seas of 2014, may your fears succomb to faith, your excitement outweigh your excuses, and may you live each day in purpose, with purpose, on purpose. This time… this year… take this opportunity to depart from mediocrity and sail into your destiny.  Don’t settle for being a stow-away on someone else’s ship. You were born for greatness. Bon voyage!