Excerpt from "Toxic to Transformed, 100 Words of Life to Renew the Mind"
In my experience, few things rival the damage of verbal and emotional abuse. It acts like a wrecking ball, demolishing identity, blowing out confidence, and shattering self-worth. The ones fortunate enough to escape are left in ruins, wondering if the pieces will ever fit back together.
Toxic programming cages the mind with false belief systems. As a result, survivors are often plagued by anxiety, never knowing when their calm will be stolen. Shame and false guilt blockade life-giving relationships. And possibly worst of all, dreams are discarded along with the God-given potential inside. In order to be set free, a survivor requires total transformation!
The apostle Paul teaches in 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 that we comfort others with the same comfort God has given us. Raised in a home where verbal battery ran amuck, followed by over ten years in an emotionally abusive marriage, I know the devastation and have lived inside the cage. But more importantly, I know the freedom of transformation.
I am a living example of the renewing power of God’s Word. I have gone from fearful to fearless, hopeless to hopeful, and unloved to much loved! That, my friend, is only the tip of the iceberg! I have learned to dream again and have watched in wonder as God began to bring fulfillment!
Dare to dream! Dare to imagine living the life Christ Jesus promised in John 10:10. He said, “A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!” Are you ready to live? Really live, until life is splashing all around you with the overflow.
I am here to declare, not only is it possible, it’s a God-given guarantee! The Word of God is a miraculous, living thing with the power of metamorphosis. It is here for you today!
This devotional serves as a catalyst. Working through each page, you will learn to hear the voice of your Creator. As you listen to His voice, a whole new world will open as the revelation of your true identity comes into view! You are an adored child of God, crowned with authority. You have purpose! You are important! You are a royal citizen of the Kingdom of God!
Confidence will multiply as you learn God has fully equipped you for every task. You will begin to understand God’s plan for boundaries, discernment, even managing panic attacks.
Most exciting of all, you will believe God loves your dreams! You will see that He placed them in your heart for “such a time as this.”
It all begins with renewing the mind. Why live one more day caged in the toxic aftermath of verbal and emotional abuse? Transformation provides wings to freedom. It’s time to fly!