Mandisa’s voice woke me up singing in my head this morning, telling me that I’m an OVERCOMER! How did she know I would need that, today of all days? It’s a prefect song to celebrate a birthday!

On this historic day many years ago, my mother made her third trip to the hospital in labor. This time was successful, though, and she gave birth to a robust baby girl! It was the day before Mother’s Day that year. My brother would be three years old a few days later and happy to have a sister. (I don’t know if he’s still happy to have me, though he has two sisters now.) Mom and Dad called me early this morning from their vacation to wish me happy birthday and tell the story again.

It is fascinating to me to think about being a brand new baby with black hair and blue eyes, chubby cheeks and legs, a soft, warm weight in my mother’s arms. Completely and wholly dependent on her for everything. After having four children of my own, I am still fascinated! When did my memory start? Was I singing as an infant? Did I hear music in my head from the beginning? What would this child become? What innate thing in this particular infant would blossom and flourish into the woman I am now?

What innate thing in that tiny baby should have blossomed into something but got squashed or altered some way? Did they know that my tiny little spine was not exactly perfect and would cause trouble later? Did they know that I would be musical or a great cook? I know I had hopes and dreams for my own children… Sometimes, I had actual dreams at night about what they would look like or be when they were older. There were family traits I hoped would be passed on, and some I hoped would not be.

I believe that we are all a sum total of our life’s experiences. The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful. They all work together to make us who we are. And maybe it’s not so much the “things” that happen to us so much as how we respond to them, how we choose to deal with what Life throws at us. They say that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you deal with it. Maybe that is true. Jesus said, “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) I think it is in overcoming that we glorify God the most! We prove to the world that He is King of Kings.

We are promised trouble. And in the same breath, Jesus promised that He has it all under control!! I heard once that “you can’t overcome if you never underwent.” Today I’m thinking of all the little and big things I have overcome since that day in May all those years ago. And compared to most people, I have had to overcome very little… Or at least it feels that way to me, because I DO have that promise to take heart. Jesus came to overcome the world for me so I don’t have to do it alone. In fact, I usually get myself into more trouble when I TRY to do it alone. The chorus to this song goes…

You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

I am so thankful for another day, another year, to live the life God has given me. To be a wife to my husband, a mother to my kids, a grandmamma to my grandchildren, a daughter, sister, friend. Because every day is one more chance to get it right. To press on toward the mark. To be an OVERCOMER!!! Click to hear this song.



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