by Anju Goel
Growing up, my childhood was very, very difficult. And on top of that, I was a girl.
When I was born, everybody in my family cried. My own mother cried when she heard the words, “It’s a girl.”
My brother, being the boy, always got all of the attention because boys are considered more important in my culture than girls.
In India, these things happen all the time. But here I was, living in America—in a country where there is so much opportunity—and I was sheltered and controlled. I didn’t feel loved. And my brother got a lot of opportunities that I didn’t because of the fact that I was a girl. When I think back to it, it was a real injustice that was done to me.
When I was 18 and my mother passed away, my situation got even worse. All of a sudden, all the expectations were on me—the girl in the house—to take care of everything and everyone.
I cried myself to sleep every night. I lost myself. I lost who I was.
But in 2009, Jesus Christ came into my life. He pulled me out of the pit, and my life has become so beautiful!
A few years later, while changing channels on TV, I came across the Enjoying Everyday Life program, and I can say that Joyce helps me every single day. She has helped me understand God and to understand who I am.
Through these things, Jesus showed me who I am, and He gives me the freedom to be who I am and to express myself…and I can’t give that up for anything.
Today, I have this beautiful, amazing relationship with God, and I can go to Him for anything. I feel understood, and I feel loved. I know He’s with me all the time, and it makes me feel very secure.
All around the world, women are so suppressed. But what Jesus did for me, He can do for other women, too. When Jesus is in your life, He shows you who you are. He shows you what you’re capable of. He shows you your worth, your value as a woman.
When I see women and girls hurting, it makes me so angry inside. And when I see that Joyce Meyer Ministries is reaching out to girls, it just gives me relief that they are getting help, and it makes me also want to be a part of that.
I know that if women will see themselves through the eyes of Jesus, then they will know their self-worth. If they learn about Jesus and see His promises, it will change their life.