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Tanya M. Wilson


“Satan goes through our trash to steal our treasures!” Oh my goodness, when I heard that statement at the Time Warner Arena this weekend, it smacked me in the face. I realized in that moment that the answer to my recent rut was being delivered during the women’s conference hosted by bible scholar and teacher Beth Moore.

I was one of 9400 people that attended the “Living Proof” conference in Charlotte. This two-day conference was just what I needed.

We all at times need a reminder of what the power of being in relationship with the Lord really means. I don’t care how prayed up you might think you are, or how many services you may shout at; there are times that we too need to be lifted.

When I heard Beth Moore say, “Satan goes through our trash to steal our treasures,” I remembered right then those self-defeating thoughts is a common tactic that works against our achieving success. It’s so true that one of the greatest road blocks along the way lies in our mind. What do we believe? If destruction doesn’t take us down, the enemy is sure to use distraction.

I don’t think there is anyone that has lived a perfect life; I know I certainly have not. We have all messed something up! John 1:9 comforts us in knowing that when we mess up, forgiveness is available. Nonetheless, it seems that at the most critical times, those nagging thoughts will creep in attempting to spew mental discord. Arresting those thoughts is what we should do, but there are times when we don’t.

“Everything that we go through sets us up for our destiny!” Beth reminded us that every loss, and every tragedy, and every relational disaster, positions us for our blessing. Not only that, our testimonies of survival is needed by so many.

In the week leading up to the conference, I had been wading in a pool of my woulda, coulda and shoulda’s. If I am honest, I was fighting discouragement. My pity party was spanning the week and truthfully, I was settling in with snacks. What was I thinking?

I received the tickets to the “Living Proof” conference at the last minute from an unlikely source and I almost did not attend because I wasn’t feeling well. Hmmm, that was the first clue that something powerful was waiting for me. Sure enough, the overarching theme was just for me, “Hold Fast!”

Hold Fast to what you know you have been called to do. Hold Fast to those things that you know have your name on them. If we don’t our discouragement and our disillusionment will rob us of our destiny. That can’t happen; too many people are waiting for what we have been called to do.

Tanya is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte. You can friend her on Facebook or email her at Read more columns by Tanya Wilson.

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