As a child, Claire experienced the power of negative words. But through a powerful encounter with God & His Word, she is changing her perspective. You can listen to Claire’s Story on our YouTube Channel HERE!
I grew up in a home where words were used as weapons, so I know directly how words can hurt. But after a long time, I’ve learned that words can also help.
As a child, I never knew for sure what I had done to get in trouble with my father.
But when I was young, I thought there must be something wrong with me because just being around me
seemed to bother him. He had a tendency to lose his temper.
We all knew that it was mostly about my mother, but if it wasn’t
about her, it was always about me. It was never about my older or younger brothers.
He would say things about how I looked and all the things I did wrong, and he had a way of making me feel
like I was without a question the worst person in the world.
It made me feel like I wasn’t important and that everyone else
must feel the same way. I also heard on the news that I was a problem, an issue, and a mistake.
Over the years, his words have caused me a lot of pain, and I’m still working through it with a Christian therapist. His words changed how I thought about myself, and it didn’t take me long to believe that they were true.
When I was in my 20s and met Jesus, I read and thought about what God had to say about me for hours.
It takes a lot of unlearning to let go of what other people have said over you and listen to what God has to say.
But Zephaniah 3:17 says that God is happy with me and that he sings over me:
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
I choose to believe those words every day. Positive and powerful words like this have helped so much.”
You can listen to Claire’s Story on our YouTube Channel HERE.