This is a series of posts with lessons I learned from my mom about being an overcomer. She surely has lived a life as an overcomer and I know that you will be encouraged by these lessons. If you have not yet read the first post and introduction, go here. James 1:19 (NIV) My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, My mom, who even though she started life with much opposition, has had a reputation of never speaking ill of anyone. People trust her to share their deep hurts because they know she is the kind of woman who will also open up her heart to them. To be an overcomer means you need to be sure your mouth does not get ahead of reason or grace. I have made this mistake, and in talking to my mom over the years I see that she has mastered it. Lesson #2 – Shut up, don’t say something you regret: My mom would not say “shut up” in public, but you get the point. How often is it easy to react and then out of our hurt say things we can never take back. Hurtful words are like a broken glass. Once it shatters, we forever lose something that was once…
2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
For my whole life my mother has truly been a spiritual hero to me and our entire family. There are few people like her. It is a supernatural thing to observe that in the context of a life of trial and loss she has ending up with a life that shows grace, mercy, and determination. Diana, my mother, is an overcomer–her life is a sermon vividly telling a story of Christ’s triumph.