In one of my recent counseling sessions, I had this realization that made the session worth it.  We were talking about fighting vs. fleeing. We went on a time capsule through my life of when I fought and when I fled. Fleeing was easy in the moment, brutal in the long run. Fighting was brutal in the moment, easier in the long run.  When I looked at the totality of the times I had fought (for marriage, mental health, ministry dreams) I started to get emotional.  But the tears forming on my eyelids were only made of 100% joy.  I don’t want to say I’m proud of the times I have fought, because truthfully, pride isn’t what I did it for.  But I am thankful. I am thankful I fought. I am thankful that when the enemy shouted, “Give up,” “Why waste your time?” and “They’d understand if you gave up,” that God helped me hear HIM even louder. God PROMISES that joy WILL come in the morning. God promises that we WALK through the valley of the shadow of death, but we do not live there. God promises that trials produce CHARACTER. God promises that his JOY is our strength. God promises that I (and you) are MORE than a conqueror! And that one really motivates me! I can’t imagine what is “more” than a conqueror? A hero? Because if more than a conqueror means I’m a hero of my faith, then DJ and Andy aren’t just being raised by a mom, they’re being raised by a hero with a badge that says: more than a conquering mom. I don’t know where you are, but before you flee, just try one thing: get on your knees, and ask God, “should I fight?”

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