By Jennifer Christy
“If I were your enemy, I’d devalue your strength and magnify your insecurities until they dominate how you see yourself, disabling and disarming you from fighting back, from being free, from being who God has created you to be. I’d work hard to ensure that you never realize what God has given you so you’ll doubt the power of God within you.” Excerpt from Fervent by Priscilla Shirer.
I add to Priscilla’s warning, that I would also increase the volume of the clamoring negative voices in your head, insert biting slivers of self-doubt, disrespect of yourself, and mistrust of your instincts into your heart so you are confused and disoriented and lose your way.
Know your enemy and understand the tricks of how the Adversary, the Darkness, the negative energy – whatever you want to call it, can work against you to defeat you.
But how can you withstand such an assault during your most vulnerable time during and after a divorce? How do you defend yourself and be on guard for when those times come that you are under attack from the unrelenting voices in your head that tell you – you’re no good, you’re not worthy, you’re too fat, no one will love you, and more.
Your best weapon against such attacks is through Truth and you find that Truth by connecting to the Light that leads to God who is the source of all Light and Knowledge. It’s by understanding who you are and where you came from. You are that from which you came. You came from the presence of God. He created you. You are a part of Him as He is a part of you.
Dr. Wayne Dyer gives a light-hearted example of this concept of where we come from with the analogy of an apple pie. You have a wonderful apple pie sitting on the table before you. The fancy kind with scalloped ridges and lattice work crust across the top. It’s mouthwatering scent is wafting through the kitchen – sweet cinnamony apple scent. You slice yourself a serving of pie and set it on a plate, but before you eat it, you ask the pie, “Where did you come from?” to which the apple pie responds, “I came from that which I was a part of.”
Really simple, but Truth and isn’t that really what is Truth? A simple statement that cannot be denied. I came from that which I was a part of.
Start there, remembering who you are when the darkness threatens to overwhelm you. You are that from which you came from and you came from God. You are a spark of God. A Light. A Brightness of Hope, Love and Charity.
Your defenses against the darkness are inherit in your very soul. You already have them, you just need to recognize them. Connect to God through prayer and meditation in order to discover your defenses, your strengths to lead you to courage and strength against the murmuring voices that would have you sink into despair and give up. You’re not a quitter. You are more powerful than you know. You are a spark of God.
Remember – the slice of delicious apple pie…it knows where it came from and so do you.