For the rest of this month I’m going to be running a few guest posts, whilst I work some other projects (more on those soon). This will include a new blog series, which begins Wednesday.
Today however I’m honoured to host the awesome Brooke Lynn, with a powerful guest post I know you’re going to love. So, it’s over to Brooke…
Have you ever wondered who you really are, or what your purpose is in life?
I asked myself these questions for many years, comparing myself to people and measuring my worth against them. I chased after identity, success, love, value and good looks. I assumed beauty was in the outward appearance and I became obsessed with my body trying to achieve the air-brushed model look in magazines.
This only led me onto a road of self-destruction with eating disorders and disappointment while striving to meet unreachable expectations.
As a child, we have a tendency to believe what we are told. This is when I began to believe the words spoken deep into my soul; I was worthless, ugly, fat, unwanted, and never good enough.
Because of these lies about who I was, I was driven into darkness, despair and years of emotional turmoil, grief and pain. This was the work of the Enemy. “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)
God saved my life. He reached out His hand, pulled me up from the miry clay, cleaned me off, and set my feet upon a path of truth and freedom.
One day at a time I’ve been learning who God is, who He has made me to be, and accepting the truth concerning what He says about me. This hasn’t been easy by any means. I’ve had to learn to trust when I never knew what trust was. I’ve had to throw up my hands and surrender, pray long and hard waiting upon God through the tragedies He helped me survive.
I’ve cried countless tears, prayed many prayers, and surrendered my entire life to God who loves me, approves of me, accepts me and looks at the inner heart and not the outward appearance. “The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
There is something inside us battling for position, fame, attention and a place in this world.
We want to be needed, respected, loved and appreciated. We crave belonging to someone or even a community who accepts us.
God has given me the courage to face fear head on and know who I am in His eyes. He has taught me I was created with a purpose and a plan predestined before I was born.
My days are numbered as the hair is on my head. I am confident, courageous, bold, held in the palm of my Father’s hand and greatly accepted by the One who loves me more than I can fathom.
And guess what? So are you!
My purpose; our purpose, is to live our lives to the fullest in a relationship with our Saviour Jesus Christ; growing and waking in love here on this Earth and in eternity.
I encourage you to read my newly released book called, “Raised by Strangers”.
There is hope, freedom, love, courage and healing waiting for you. (you can tweet that)
“Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.” (1 Corinthians 1:31)
Here is my story:
We were born to live.
We either fight for something bigger and better than our current circumstances, or we cower in fear and let the world and evil overcome us.
When I was just five years old, I was kidnapped and forced to live a life burdened with cruel and bizarre physical and emotional abuse. My will to survive, inspired by an invisible hope, helped me fight the demons and stay alive as I endured haunting experiences. This book chronicles my true life story full of forbidden secrets driven by darkness and deception.
First birthed into a marriage of teenage parents and their destructive relationship, I was later kidnapped, given away, and ultimately raised by strangers who tortured me. In a desperate attempt to escape my abuse and evil caretaker, I tried to murder her. Through this gripping story, I share ways I have learned to overcome my horrendous past and rise above the ugliness of humanity with faith and forgiveness.
Learn the power of hope. Find the courage and strength for healing, how to face your fears, forgive offences, and live a life of freedom. You will learn your past doesn’t have to define you or forecast your future.
There are no empty words and it’s not just a hand full of paper, there is a powerful message waiting for you.
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