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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Overcoming Obstacles Through God by Evelyn Sites

We all need some inspiration from time to time! So I decided to dedicate the month of April to “Overcoming Circumstances” on my blog.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would love to introduce you to Evelyn Sites.
 
Hello, my name is Evelyn Sites. I am 55 years old and this is the first time in my life I have purposefully take a picture of my hands, not because I have been ashamed- there doesn't seem to have been a reason to do this until now.
 
I am supposed to write about overcoming something in my life. I have overcome so many things that it's hard to choose what to share. But in the interest of helping others, which I believe is God's calling in my life, I think I would like to share overcoming anxiety. I had severe anxiety (and depression) for many years. Anxiety manifested in my life as bad relationships, self loathing, and a near constant battle in my mind for many years. I used alcohol to medicate, and really believed for many years that I didn't deserve any better than walking around feeling like a dark cloud hung over my life. Having "birth defects" (which I have recently learned is Amniotic Band Syndrome) was only a small piece of my troubled life. I'm not going to revisit all the reasons that contributed to becoming such a miserable person; I want to revisit how God walked with me daily (and still does) and gently but persistently led me to healing from debilitating anxiety.
 
He worked in my thought life by teaching me to challenge negativity little by little, AND teaching me that it's all about Him, not me! God taught me to love myself enough to make good choices because He loves me! Change did not happen over night, and I worked hard to be an overcomer; but all the credit goes to God who through His limitless mercy and grace made me realize I have a purpose in life. He not only made me realize I had a purpose, He taught me how to serve that purpose. Revelation 12:11 tells us we are overcomers by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our Testimony. Thank you for allowing me to share.  May God Bless you.
 

2 comments:

Shirley B said...

To my dear friend Evelyn; I've always known you had a purpose and one of those was being my best friend for years!! You have always been beautiful and caring and I have never once thought of you as having any type of disability. Not because of your hands that's for sure; your hand writing is beautiful and you could sew and do anything any of the rest of us did. Ok, you did come into some things I'd call a disability but you have overcome and been such an inspiration that I can't even describe it. Only I am proud of you and proud to have known you all these years! Wish we lived closer and could see each other more. Love your friend Shirley

Candida Sullivan said...

What a beautiful thing to say, Shirley! I will make sure Evelyn reads your comment. :)

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