Joyce Meyer was repeatedly abused by her biological father.

She was raped more than 200 times and that her father abused her at least once a week until she was 18.

Through the help of God, she survived and turned that mess into a message of hope to many going through any kind of abuse.

Today, she’s 72 years old, married to an husband, have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. A teleevangelist, author and the owner of the second richest ministry in the world.

Yeah!

Oprah Winfrey was born into a broken home and abject poverty.

She started kindergarten at 5, wore potato’s sack as clothes to school…

Raped at the age of 9 by her 19year old cousin, ran away from home at 13 and got pregnant at 14.

What a messed up life!

But the story has changed!

She turned her messed up life to a testimony others are sharing.

Today, Oprah Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, author and philanthropist.

She’s also the second richest black woman in the world.

Yeah!

Kanu Nwankwo at the prime of his career was discovered to have a hole in his heart at Inter Milan during a signing medicals.

He survived…

Continued to play football until he retired willfully.

He recognized why God allowed him to go through that ordeal and survived. He quickly founded Kanu Heart Foundation to take care of medical bills of children with holes in their heart.

Many have been blessed through this.

I have a friend that survived an abusive marriage.

She was trunmatised but was able to rediscover herself. She’s now a soul coach.

A popular pastor’s wife in Lagos, Ibidunni Ighodalo went through painful experience trying to have children of her own to no avail.

In pain, she decided to set up a foundation to raise awareness on issues pertaining to infertility and to provide grants for couples that require fertility treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination.

Yeah!

Your mess wasn’t meant to mess you up but to bring you up!

Don’t go down with it!

What are you going through that seems that heaven should collapse on you?

There are others going through worse but swimming above the tide with it.

There’s a purpose for everything under heaven.

In as much as it might be a bitter experience, rather than looking outside, try to look inside and turn it to something sweet.

Challenges of live are real and no one is immuned against it. Though it differs, we all have one or two we bear.

What if that’s what divinity want to use to announce you?

Share your story…

Turn it to a message…

Write a book about it…

Turn it to a show…

Turn it to a foundation…

Tell us how you survived it…

Tell us how you coped or coping with it…

You might save a soul or two through it.

What’s life all about, if not to save a soul.

Can I shock you further?

There’s enormous wealth in turning your mess to message.

With social media, it’s more easier.

©Tomiwa Ogunremi.

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