The final chapter

Ya know, I titled this “the final chapter” yet truly it could also be considered the beginning… I am now out on my own trying to live this secure life without the help of this book.  Trying be the woman of strength and dignity that God has called me to be, trying to encourage other women, young and old, to do the same.  But I know that I can share what I have learned through this book… better yet, I can encourage other women to read it. 

I wanted to end my blog on this book the same way Beth ended the book.  She included a prayer that she said would be good to keep handy so that on those days when I am feeling not-so-secure, I can turn back to it… so instead of ripping out the page (as I would have done had it been my book- but it belongs to the library) I decided to include it here.  So here goes…

My Father in heaven, I thank Your for breath this day to give You praise.  I thank You for a life where nothing is wasted, a life where pain turns into purpose and Your providence assigns a personal destiny.  You will never allow anything in my path that cannot bring Your glory or me and those around me good.  No matter what this day holds, I am clothed with strength and dignity.  I have divine strength to overcome every obstacle and all oppression because I belong to Jesus Christ, and His Spirit lives within me.  You, Lord, are my security.  No one and nothing can take You from me.  You will keep my foot from being caught in a trap.  I choose to turn my back on fear because You are right here with me.  I can smile over the days to come because Your plan for me is good and right.  My heart is steadfast, trusting in You, Lord.    In the end, I will look in triumph on my foes.  Because of You, I am secure.  In Jesus’ triumphant name, Amen. 

Nothing special about the words, other than they remind me of the lessons taught, the path I have been on and where I am headed… down the path to being a secure woman.

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