Lies, lies, they echo like annoying sirens.
While her special-needs child played in the other room, I drew close to her while we sat on her couch.
The baby on her lap had stopped crying, but her shaky voice came through her sobs. “The only way I can explain it is that I’m overwhelmed,” she said, “It’s too much. I don’t think I can handle it. I just don’t have what it takes. Sometimes, I feel so miserable because I don’t seem to do anything right.”
Her words stirred memories. I’ve been there too. When, at 30 years old and a Mom to 3 small sons, I lost my sight completely, I spoke the same words. I embraced the same attitude. I sunk under the same heaviness of the out-of-control situation. And knowing the circumstances weren’t going away, I stuffed my grief deep inside,
I squeeze her hand. “I know what you’re going through, I said, “could I show you how to avoid the mistakes I made?”
She agreed. And I related the change, the transformation and the U-turn that was desperately needed.
First, let’s change those words,” I said, “Let’s erase those notions of criticism about yourself, about your abilities and care for your family. And secondly, let’s bring on new affirming declarations, ones drawn from God’s Word that you can make your own. The secret is to repeat them over and over again in your mind, in your heart and with your lips. Here are ten of them: