If you’re in a battle right now, it’s not to subtract from your life; it’s to add to it. Your battle is not supposed to be your weakest moment; your battle should be your finest hour. When you fight God’s way, you know you’re going to win because He always leads us in triumph in Christ Jesus. The purpose of a battle in the believer’s life is not to destroy you, but to give you gifts you never would’ve had otherwise.
When I battled infertility, I was given the gift of faith because now I can pray for people to be healed in Jesus’ name. When I battled depression, I was given the gift of joy that was not dependent on my circumstances. When I battled cancer and lived to tell the story, I was given the gift of bravery. I used to be a wimp. But now I am courageous! God has given me an uncommon courage that most women don’t have. So, if you’re in a battle today, sister, worship, fast, pray and see what gifts God will give to you.
Carol McLeod is a bestselling prolific author and popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. Carol encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. Her YouVersion devotional, 21 Days to Beat Depression, has touched nearly 1 million people’s lives around the world. Carol also writes a weekly blog, “Joy For the Journey,” that has been named in the Top 50 Faith Blogs for Women. She served as the first women’s chaplain at Oral Roberts University. She is a wife, mother and grandmother, and mentor to many!
Connect with Carol McLeod at carolmcleodministries.com for her blogs, podcasts and outstanding biblical resources, including her new release, Significant: Becoming a Woman of Unique Purpose, True Identity and Irrepressible Hope.
Listen to Angela Donadio’s interview with Carol McLeod here on the Make Life Matter podcast.