It took Anita Lustrea, Midday Connection radio cohost, more than 25 years to come to a place of wholeness, to discover that she was created to help other women find the freedom in Christ Galatians 5:1 talks about: "Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free."
Based on her experience and hundreds of women's stories, she wrote What Women Tell Me (Zondervan) to help women find that freedom and acceptance.
Today's Christian Woman spoke with Anita to find out what acceptance looks like and why we should make it a daily spiritual practice.
What led you to understand who God created you to be?
Hands down it was going through a divorce. God used that event and the journey leading up to it to peel away the layers I didn't even know were there.
I had a warped view of God and myself. As a pastor's daughter, I learned at an early age to smile and perform. I assumed that was what God wanted from me too. But here I was going through a divorce. I didn't know who I was or whether or not I had a calling anymore.
That "divorce" label can definitely affect how you perceive yourself.
It did. Labels can keep us from pushing forward into what God has planned for us. They can be other-inflicted, but a lot of times they're self-inflicted.
How do we push through our past and others' expectations to discover who God created us to be?
It's a daily process. I had to come to grips and own who I really am. It dawned on me that I am always going to be a divorced woman, but I need to walk forward.