I used to call her a name.
The her is my daughter. I can’t even bring myself to repeat the name because honestly the thought of the words coming out of mouth grieves my spirit and rattles my bones. She was only 2 and I as pregnant with my son. My happily-ever- after was not working out quite like I had hoped and dreamed. My emotions were always on verge of an explosion. The explosions came to a screeching a halt when my daughter said, “Mommy, will you please not call me that name? It hurts my feelings.”
It was in that moment I knew something had to change. I did not know how to change nor was I confident that I could change but I knew I never wanted to hurt my little girl in that way again.
It wasn’t long after, I learned a verse that literally changed my life forever. It remains my go-to verse when I am confronted with a self- discipline issue. You see, I had convinced myself that change was not possible. The old script repeated itself, “You are just that way. You always will be. It is in your genes.” Well excuse me…NOT!
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
I have power. You have power. We don’t have to listen to the wrong scripts any longer.
Friends, if we will all let this verse get in us and surrender to its power, oh imagine the effects.