I was recently asked to speak to a group of women and share my story of how to become an Overcomer in Christ – in heels no less!
I shared with them the story of David in the Bible and how David’s trust and faith in God in his everyday life, prepared him for the battle against the Philistine giant, Goliath. I shared with them the life of Jesus and how His ministry and miracles evolved from turning water into wine to healing the sick and raising the dead back to life, to being the perfect, sinless Son of God who allowed Himself to be sacrificed on a cross to give us the most amazing miracle of all – to have eternal life with Him and His Father for ever and ever.
As I reflect back over my own life, I see God’s hand all over it. He choreographed my being adopted into a family who loved me bigger than Texas. He comforted during times of heartache after my first husband died. He corralled me back into the pen, so to speak, when I was running on the wild side. He chastised me as I battled selfishness as a step mom. He cheered me on as I waited patiently for Dan to be in our marriage 100%.
At each phase in life, He challenged me so that I would not stay a child – but be matured and grow in wisdom and strength in the Lord. He made me an Overcomer – in heels – or flip flops! Either way, He set me up for success.
My success didn’t start in high heels. I started off barefoot before the Lord. I had to recognize and know that without Christ, I am nothing – my life is nothing.
Job 1:21 says, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Barefoot and humble – the beginnings of knowing God.
From barefoot to sandals. Meager protection for the soles of my feet and yet sturdy enough to let me experience the freedom of exploring my world. This reminds me of God’s Word – “a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path”.
I went from carefree sandals to house shoes. This is where I learned to wear responsibility. I could no longer just live and run free – there were others in my life that needed me and depended on me.
Second Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
From house shoes to cross trainers and running shoes. This is the trenches and valleys of life – the trials and races that define us and refine us for God’s purposes today and for as many tomorrows as He allows.
Hebrews 12:1 encourages us to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
In your walk as a blended family mom, your steps – be they barefoot, in sandals, in running shoes, or in heels – are all a necessary part of the journey. Don’t try to skip from barefoot to heels but carefully, cautiously, optimistically wear each pair that God gives you as you walk with your family… also teaching and guiding your family to be Overcomers in Christ – whatever footwear they may have on!
Blessings in Your Blending!