Do you remember the fairy tales when you were growing up that spoke of dragons? Fairy tales usually included a castle. They also include a princess, knight, and happily ever after. Not everyone’s life turns out to be a fairy tale. Unfortunately, many of us don’t enter adulthood without fears or scars. Many are afraid of being alone or believe that they can’t make it their own. Fear causes us to enter adulthood with the desire to be rescued by the knight.
Life has beaten many down. Due to an ex husband or boyfriend who has abused or left us, someone has convinced us that we are worthless, daddy abused or left us and the list goes on. As a result a monster was created, just like the fire breathing dragon in the fairy tale. That dragons roars and reminds us of how worthless we are and that we will never amount to anything. It causes us to have low esteem, a lack of self confidence or a lack of direction because we believe it. The fire breathing dragon haunts us and has us cornered. Many are afraid to step up and slay him. I’m here to tell you that you can Slay The Dragon no matter what you have gone through, I did.
As a teenage mother, I had to face my fears. Not knowing how I was going to raise my daughter and make a life for us terrified me. Fear will cause you to do many things. It will cause you to head down a path of destruction. On the other hand, it can lead to your blessings. By the grace of God, I headed toward my blessings.
I didn’t know where I would end up, but I did knew that it was the beginning of my journey. Stepping on faith became a big part of my life. Holding on my faith, I realized that being penniless didn’t equate to being broken. I realized that I wasn’t alone. I placed my hand in God’s and allowed him to lead me along my journey. My next step was to realize that I was in control of me and my destiny. No matter what cards life dealt me, I decided that I would become a card shark and play the hand. Sometimes I would win and sometimes I would lose. I just knew that I would not sit idle and allow life to walk all over me.
Each morning I faced my fears. I prayed for the tools that I would need to make a life for my child and me. A knight on a white horse was never in my prayers. I simply wanted to make a way to provide for us. Asking God for my blessings was a daily ritual. All I had to do was ask and I would receive. The next step was to give him the glory and praise that he deserved.
I ventured from the path that God had planned for me occasionally, but for the most part I stayed the course. God placed trials in our path for a reason. He wants us to go them in order for us to be strengthened to do his work. Regardless of your situation, divorce, having problems with baby’s daddy, death or some other loss you can triumph too. Face your fears, and you will learn to Slay The Dragons too.
Just know, the fire breathing monster will appear just when you think you have everything under control. Life is full of twist and turns, but don’t despair. I have accepted that I will have to spend the rest of my life fighting this monster and putting out his fire, but I know the Victory is mine. Most of all, step out on faith and victory can be yours too.