I woke up with the heaviness of regret and hopelessness this morning. I carried in my body and soul the feeling of being defeated. I understand it to be a feeling, not a reality, but, feelings are powerful. Can we all just admit that? As I continue to fight for freedom from my addiction to food, the struggle can be intense at times. Last night I spent too much time looking back and regret began to seep in. Even though I am in a good place, with months of healthy practices under my belt, I gave into regret, asking myself, “Why did you let yourself get so far out of control?”

I can never change the past. I know this, and I realize that dwelling on it only threatens to destroy the joy and hope of the present. Yet I soaked in regret and it poisoned me. That’s what regret does. The poison gave me a headache. Not a good way to start the day.

I crawled out of bed and breathed a prayer of rescue. Jesus, help me. I texted my Prayer Warrior Mama, asking her to cry out to God for His Spirit-filled joy to infuse my soul. My husband, bearing with me yet again, encouraged me to focus on the beauty of a new day. That man. He puts up with a lot of drama over here.

And then get this. I happened to pull out some old CDs last night and put them in our van so that I could play them while driving this week. This morning, my little Kayla Joy had gotten in the van a few minutes before me as I was grabbing a few things, and trailing close behind. I hopped into the driver’s seat and she handed me one of the CDs and said, “Mama! Play number 15, “Overcomer."

I knew that God was chasing after me once again.   That’s right. I forgot for a minute. I AM AN OVERCOMER. Don’t mess with me, oh enemy of my soul. I am a daughter of the One True King.

I put the CD in and turned up the volume and began to sing truth through the tears.

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

The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
He's living inside of You
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There's nothing He can't do
He's telling you

Take a breath, don't forget
Hang on to His promises

You're an overcomer
You're an overcomer
You're an overcomer

(“Overcomer,” Mandisa)


To make it even more beautiful. I could hear the voice of my little Kayla Joy, singing those word out, with child-like boldness and power. “You’re an overcomer!”

Yes. Yes I am. And so are you baby girl.  Through the power of Jesus, I can let go of all regrets, all mistakes, all my sin. He has set me free.

He has set you FREE.

What are you struggling with today? What are you fighting? What is seeking to take God’s place in your heart?

Let it go. Every moment is new. He wants to make you new, every minute of every day.

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8:1-2, NLT

You are not alone. Look up. He is right there, fighting for you, waiting to set you free, again and again and again and again….over and over and over and over.

From one overcomer to another,


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