7. She embraced God’s wisdom.
God gave her wisdom to recognize the enemy’s desire to bring failure and to keep her in the “poor me” state.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
New determination and boldness emerged to fight Satan’s attacks. And with a victorious approach, Linda claimed the richness of the full life God promised. With fresh sweetness, it replaced her emptiness. She placed notecards with meaningful Bible verses everywhere she looked—her bathroom mirror, the dashboard in her car, the refrigerator. The power of God’s Word surrounded her and temptation left her.
Folks at church saw the difference. The change was drastic. Linda wore a genuine smile each time she walked in the support group for divorced believers. She not only listened to other’s struggles, but also shared the good in her life.
“I thought the solution was to have my husband repent, come back, begging for forgiveness,” she said, “but what God wanted me to do is to come to Him, to have Him fill the void in my heart and turn my thinking around and give me a new beginning.”
That new start arrived when Linda let go the past with courage she found in this promise:
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18
As more months went by, streams of healing washed away the wasteland of her loneliness. Linda had replaced her ex-husband’s shirts. In their place, she hung a new royal blue dress for herself, one that reflected the new Linda.
Following this transformation, God surprised her. The head usher in church invited her to dinner. Her first desire was to help him in his grieving state after losing his wife to cancer. She offered support. But rather than help him, God used him to help her. He reminded her of the beauty in her. In time, he displayed ways to cherish her for who she was. He offered genuine love, the kind only God could orchestrate.
An engagement ring now shines on her finger. But in her heart, the commitment to the Lord sparkles even more. It reflects a brighter glow, a radiant hope for a new beginning, new dreams and the reality of a brand-new life.
*Name was changed to protect the privacy of individuals.
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Janet Perez Eckles is an international speaker, author and founder of JC Empowerment Ministries. Her passion is to teach and coach you to overcome fear, thrive in relationships and reach personal and professional success. Check out her website here.