Revelation 12:11 (AMP) And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing].
How do you begin to understand at the tender age of 8, why the eyes that look like yours and the fair skin like yours and the wide nose like yours, is touching you in places Mom told you should never be touched; by a man you call Daddy? I loved my Father, but not the alcoholism, not the rage and surely not the sexual abuse! At 10 yrs old he left our lives and began another and I began a life of destruction. The abuse left my young body wanting more and more of what…that is what I was in search of. I began a life filled with sex; drugs and lies and more sex and more sex; it’s nothing BUT THE GRACE OF GOD THAT I AM DISEASE FREE! When I had my son at 18 years old, after aborting 3 others, I thought my life was finally headed in the right direction. I had no idea 18 months later God would call my son home! BUT GOD!
In 1994, I was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer at the age of 24. Not wanting to accept the news I did the worse thing imaginable, I did nothing! I was raised in the church and I knew the power of healing, but I wasn’t thinking about the church; all I wanted was gratification and I went looking for it! I abused my body, until the pain became unbearable and I was literally the walking dead. After passing out in a club and being rushed to the hospital, I was told that if I didn’t have emergency surgery, I would be dead within weeks! A total hysterectomy and the possibility of any more children for me were taken away within hours. Months of chemotherapy and counseling and you start to feel a little better and the doctors drop yet another hammer; “The cancer has spread Stacye, we’ve found cancer cells in your breasts.” I’ve just celebrated my 25th birthday and now I’m facing the possibility of death yet again!
I endured a total hysterectomy and several lumpectomies before my 30th birthday and through it all Jesus walked with me! It took a few more years for me to fully understand that Jesus wasn’t ever going to leave my side and that all I needed to do was trust Jesus and enjoy the Love so freely given. It took trusting Jesus with my whole heart and learning to listen to that still small voice and obeying the instructions. At the age of 30 years old I brought my first home and being alone in that house, Jesus comforted and healed and taught me who my Father really was. I discovered that he was being used as a pawn and because there was no relationship with Christ; Satan used my Father to attempt to kill the purpose in my life.
I was able to forgive the man I called Daddy; although he transitioned this life many years prior, and put the pieces of my life back together, while walking hand and hand with Jesus! I don’t consider myself a victim in any sense of that word…I am more than a conqueror and an overcomer and so are you!
Stacye Earl. A native Washingtonian, Minister Stacye Earl was educated in the public school systems of the District of Columbia and Maryland Suburbs; she also attended Bowie State University. A servant at heart, Minister Earl’s desire is to be a servant to ALL of God’s children and to teach others the importance of being a SERVANT in the Kingdom of God! Minister Earl is the Founder of Standing Ready Ministries and the voice behind “Standing Ready w/Minister Stacye” and “The Morning Mustard Seed” in the Leap of Faith Network and the author of “Electrified…Tapping into the Power of Positive Affirmations” and the Executive Administrator at New Hope and Deliverance Church of Holiness in Christ; Broad Trustee and Christian Education Superintendent for the Church of Holiness in Christ Organization. Please connect with Minister Stacye on facebook.com/StacyeEarlMinistries or on Twitter @MinisterStacye