Being an Overcomer & Figure Skating

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you're an overcomer

You guys, I’m so excited! I’d been meaning to make this “Overcomer” art for months…finally started on it a few weeks ago, and just listed the finished artwork in my Etsy shop yesterday. (I have such a long list of Bible verses and sayings I want to make into art, I can’t get to them fast enough!)

So, to celebrate, this post is going to be all about overcoming—how we are all overcomers through Jesus Christ—and how we can live out that kind of perseverance.

Speaking of such, you may remember last month when I shared how I kicked my worst habit (midnight snacking). Well, I have an update on that front:

I relapsed.

Yes, you read that right. Sometime last month, I had a few nights where I couldn’t sleep (due to severe itchy excema, which I later realized was caused by the soap I was using). And while I was up scratching like crazy, I used that as an excuse to eat (a bunch more food than necesssary too!). Which led to more of the same in many subsequent nights.

But, the story doesn’t end there!

One of those nights, I had a eureka moment… Something else I can do, to whip my behind into shape and get back on the wagon.

And it has to do with figure skating.

overcomer figure skating

See, back when I was five years old, I took a few basic skating lessons, but never continued. I really enjoy skating, love watching it on TV, but don’t get to do it very often (say, once every five years). And after all these years, I still don’t have my own pair of skates.

Anyway, about a decade ago, I learned that there is such a thing as figure skating lessons for adults. And I told myself that someday I would take lessons again, because that would be so much fun!

You know how it is, though. Life gets in the way, I live a 45+ minute drive from the only ice rink in the area, and this dream of taking figure skating lessons (on my own pair of skates!), has been just a pipe dream sitting in the back of my head.

So, back to that eureka moment. I’m hitting the reset button on my year of no-midnight-snacking (as of February 12th), and when I reach the one year mark, guess what I’m going to do? Yep. I’m going to buy myself a nice pair of skates, and take me some lessons. And I’m so super-psyched about it now, I wish I could do it tomorrow, but I have to make it through the year first. I WILL overcome! Because if I don’t, I can’t claim my reward (or will have to wait longer).

I will overcome!

I think the very definition of overcoming is this: When you fail at something, figure out what went wrong (like not having an end goal/reward to look forward to), tweak your methods as needed, and then get back on that wagon, until you succeed.

But no matter what you’re strategy is, or what you’re trying to overcome, it’s always good to remember what the Bible says about it!

Scripture Verses to Build Up Your Overcomer Mentality

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)

I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] Philippians 4:13 (AMP)

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. Romans 8:37 (AMP)

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 (NIV)

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (NIV)

And don’t forget the many examples of overcomers in the Bible!

David vs. Goliath :: David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” […] As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. 1 Samuel 17:45, 48-49

Joseph’s story (Genesis 37-45) :: “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:7-8 (NIV)

The bottom line here is that, you’re an overcomer! And your story is not over until it’s over.

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