Conquering Giants! Guest Post by Patti Burris

I was participating in a single parent retreat weekend in June of 2006 when God ignited a passion in me to serve the single mom. That is where it began and now, here I am 15 years later starting a single mom ministry in my church. FINALLY! It's finally coming together. I will be working full-time serving single moms and it only took me 15 years! I know! I hear you asking, “what took you so long?”

Honestly, I can only call them GIANTS. It was GIANTS that held me back. It was GIANTS that kept me from becoming that vessel that God could use. It was GIANTS that have kept me from stepping out in faith. It has been GIANTS that caused me to:

• Give Up

• Run Away

• Doubt My God Given Life Purpose

What are GIANTS? GIANTS are those things that keep you from pursuing your dream, your purpose, that call from God out of your comfort zone. I don't think my GIANTS are to much different than anyone else's GIANTS:

1. Fear- Fear can be that GIANT that takes us down for good, if we allow it too. Our natural reaction to fear is fight, flight, or freeze. My natural inclination has been to RUN! We are all afraid of something. Using that fear to keep us from achieving God's greatness is one of the main ways that the enemy works against us. My main fears are being in a leadership position/public speaking/being in charge of anything. The underlying fears that are associated with my main fears are messing up/failing/rejection/being humiliated in front of others. Fear is real. We ALL feel it at one time or another and the enemy will use it to take us down.

2. Distractions- Life can be a whirlwind of activities and mental/emotional chaos. It can be even more so for the single mom who is trying to navigate it all on her own. On a daily basis we are bombarded by social media, our daily tasks, others' expectations, our kids activities, deadlines, the state of our nation, our own emotional baggage, the emotional baggage of our kids, etc. You get the point. With all of this stuff to focus on, who has time to focus on God or our purpose?

3. Obstacles- I've seen it happen to others. Everything is flowing smoothly, doors are opening supernaturally, you let your guard down and BAM! A door closes unexpectedly, someone rejects you with harsh words, or unexpected delays in your timeline pop up. It is easy to let the obstacles discourage us. We become overwhelmed and start to doubt our purpose. If it is this hard, maybe it isn't God's will.

GIANTS are the devils way of keeping us down. 1 Peter 5:8 reminds us that our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 also tells us to be alert and sober minded. We CAN conquer our GIANTS if we do the following three things: