This week, we have a guest post from Brooke Lynn, who is a writer, nurse, and a health and wellness enthusiast. You can read her bio and connect with her at the end of this post.
Have you ever been up high in a dangerous and precarious place hearing the advice, “Don’t look down”? To the contrary, I believe there’s a time to suggest, “Looking down!” When we feel overwhelmed with fear or worry, we may need to contemplate exactly where we are, how far we have come, and what we are facing. This requires looking down, or rather “within ourselves”.
If we look down we can see how far we have moved up, recognizing we are standing on top of our challenging past we’ve pushed through and overcome. We can see underneath us and glance into what happened making us the person we’ve become. We gain a different perspective into the truth about ourselves. Looking Down reveals choices we’ve made, bad and good. The decisions we’ve made, wrong or right. Looking down can offer us a sense of purpose and accomplishment. This can also provide an optimal way to pray and ask God to search our hearts for anyone we need to forgive. We can ask Him to reveal any guilt holding us hostage we need to release, for strength in our daily lives, and for healing in our brokenness and pain.
When we face the fear of looking down, it can help us grasp reality and recognize we are secure in Christ. Fear itself is what makes us anxious. We need to turn over anything to God that keeps us from advancing higher. It is God’s will we move closer to Him daily in relationship and grow more into His likeness. This is a lifelong process and journey He will guide us through. As we move to a higher place with more responsibilities and growing pains, don’t be afraid to look down!
I’ve had to learn how to look down, within myself, facing God and asking Him to reveal my true motives and intentions. I’ve endured a life of pain, tragedy, and dysfunction migrating to a time when I refused to live in it any longer. More than anything I wanted healing and peace, instead of living in torrential fear and anxiety. With years of prayer, therapy and growing closer to God, I have gained courage and strength to receive God’s healing and I am revealing my true life story to the world, so God may work through my life to help others.
I have written a book called Raised by Strangers. Released on November 1st, 2014. When I was just five years old, I was kidnapped and forced to live a life burdened with cruel and bizarre physical and emotional abuse. My will to survive, inspired by an invisible hope, helped me fight the demons and stay alive as I endured haunting experiences. This book chronicles my true life story full of forbidden secrets driven by darkness and deception. First birthed into a marriage of teenage parents and their destructive relationship, I was later kidnapped, given away, and ultimately raised by strangers who tortured me. In a desperate attempt to escape my abuse and evil caretaker, I tried to murder her. Through this gripping story, I share ways I have learned to overcome my horrendous past and rise above the ugliness of humanity with faith and forgiveness. This book is raw with reality and will help the reader discover how a life of adversity and mistakes can become a message of hope.
Learn the power of hope. Find the courage and strength for healing within yourself, how to face your fears, forgive offenses, and live a life of freedom. You will learn your past doesn’t have to define you or forecast your future.
Brooke Lynn is a writer, nurse, and a health and wellness enthusiast. She transparently reveals her life experiences, struggles and triumphs with abuse, poverty, marital demise, parenting, and eating disorders helping others find the courage and strength for healing. She educates and creates awareness about eating disorders, sharing her 26 year battle and recovery. She has served as a children’s praise and worship leader, worked with middle and high school students, and also served on church prayer teams with a heart for intercessory prayer. She passionately motivates people into a deeper level of faith while encouraging them to love and accept themselves. She resides in the Washington D.C. area, has been married for eighteen years with two teenage children.
Get her book Raised by Strangers,