I'm Proud of Her
𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐭𝐡. Reflecting on that time when God showed me who I was (in Him).And I must say, I’m proud of her.
Believe it or not. One of the hardest battles that I ever fought growing up was overcoming people’s opinions. I’ve always been strong-willed, feisty, and an independent thinker—but growing up, there was a part of me that just wanted to be accepted. As I grew and matured, I soon learned that people change/switched up—and if I lived my life according to their distorted and changing views, I was indeed setting myself up for failure and disappointment—and I would without doubt drive myself completely crazy.
Thus, when looking back, it is clear that my need for acceptance was rooted in unhealthy views of myself that were never corrected and/or properly guided when I was a child. And guess what, with the help of God…as a deeply wounded, single mother of two, at the age of 18 years old, I made a decision to break that cycle. No matter what it took—and no matter how long it took.
Nevertheless, once God hit the light switch—and after I really embraced who I was in Him (God), I gained a Godly confidence that can sometimes be misunderstood and often misinterpreted.
Moreover, I strive daily to display and show the love of God to everyone that I come in contact with. Not through sermons alone—but through my life.
All of that to say...no matter what life throws at me... I will never consent to allowing my past (or current situations) to be exploited. Nor will I ever consent to being controlled or consumed by the thoughts and opinions of blind folks trying to proofread the vision God has for my life.
This is me. God made absolutely no mistakes. I am fearfully and wonderfully made; and my life is in the hands of an awesome God.
I’ve reached such a healthy place over the years that I’ve learned to detox and make room for whomever and whatever God has for me. I no longer apologize for being me. The one thing God has shown me these past 23+ years is: What He (God) has for me—it’s for me. I don’t have to beg, plead, manipulate, compromise or sell myself short to get it. I’m unique. I’m different. And God made me this way. He’s the perfect craftsman. And guess what? My prayer is that YOU also fully embrace YOUR uniqueness and difference...and be all that God has called YOU to be. With absolutely no apologies for simply being uniquely YOU. It's the key to success...and the “internal” FREEDOM it brings is simply priceless.
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Canena Adams, LLBSW, MA, SRAS
Wife | Mother | Writer | Author | Public Speaker | Social Worker | Business Owner | Nonprofit Founder & Director | Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist | Healthy Family & Relationship Advocate | Adjunct College Prof. | PhD Student