Healing the Past
"This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see."
Corrie Ten Boom
Making Peace with the Past
Like it or not, our past is part of us. It doesn’t have to define us or limit us. But hiding it, denying it or trying to run from it is a losing proposition. Those old sayings:
Let sleeping dogs lie
Don’t cry over spilled milk
Leave the past in the past.
…are no more truth than “Sticks and stones will break my bones but names can never hurt me.” Words are powerful and so are our heritages. Harsh words may actually be harder to redeem than horrible heritages.
But there is nothing that cannot be transformed by God. Buried deep in the Old Testament is a verse that inspired me as I grappled with redeeming the past.
Joel 2:25 says, “I, the LORD your God, will make up for the losses caused by those swarms and swarms of locusts…”
My family heritage was not as bad as the yuck I created for myself, but I had a past that needed to be redeemed!
No matter why we have things we don’t like in the past, we need to let God redeem the ugliness. Each day His mercies are new, and He sets before us a choice:
Life or Death; Blessing or Curse.
It is our choice! Let’s look at how.
Drop the Baggage!
- iTBN - Switch on Your Brain - Feb 25, 2014
Switch on Your Brain and get rid of the baggage that is making you sick!
A Hand Up!
- Home - FICM - Freedom In Christ Ministries
Be set free to live the life Jesus died to give you!
- Bondage Breaker: Overcoming Negative Inheritances
Live the victorious life you are intended to live!
- The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict: Ken Sande: 9780801064852: Amazon.co
Healing hurts God's way.
- The Kings Protocol
Finally! A simple, practical, highly effective resource for helping you with that One Thing in your life. The book the Kings Protocol
- Being Changed
Ministry resources available free that will help set you free to live!
I hear you, reader, saying, “You do not know what I have been through.“ You are right. I do not know your situation, but I know the God of whom I speak. I know what He has done in me, for me.
Whatever you have faced, whatever you have done, it can be transformed into golden potential. That is a bold statement in a world with some ugly realities: rape, murders, beatings, child abuse. There is horrible evil done every day. Denying that fact is as dangerous as burying the reality of awful happenings endured.
Those ugly emotions that get stuffed inside are like a seeping poison that power continued evil on a hidden level. The lousy inheritance must be faced head-on to remove its power. You will find some resources on the right that might help you work through the yuck. Find friends who will walk through the mess with you or seek professional counseling.
But the only way out is through!
Change your thoughts!
- Media | Dr. Caroline Leaf
Dr. Caroline Leaf is a leading Brain and Learning Specialist; she discusses many things from controlling your thought life to managing emotions.
- 14 day half life on Vimeo
Taking thoughts captive. Emotions follow thoughts. Cut unhealthy thoughts (and emotions) off at the source!
What false hope have you tried that you want to warn others away from?
For every problem, there are many ways to try to 'fix' it. Many addictions find their roots in buried hurts. Alcohol and drugs dull the pain but never provide a solution. Revenge seems like a great start to healing, but it just fuels the pain.
Then there are the 'other-world' answers: spirit guides, crystals, potions or mediums. The promise for secret knowledge to solve the problem is almost irresistible. Except, God clearly says to stay away from those things. They do have power. But it is power from the evil one and will only suck you lower.
Perhaps worst of all are the well-meaning do-gooders who say "Pray about it." Or "all things happen for a reason." It does not help to give trite phrases. And it can be a great harm. If the King of Kings fails, it is beyond disheartening. SOOO....what have you tried that you want to warn others away from?
Prayer DOES work
- Prayer Today Online 2014
Fantastic resources to help your prayers have life! A prayer workbook, great ideas for prayer times, prayer retreats, prayer walks and more. Prayer is the time to enjoy the very friendship of God. Invest in learning more about it!
- Your Past is Part of you
- Your Past is NOT all of you
- The Past is a launching pad
- The Past is not a limit
- A Good Future is possible!
Leaping into the Future
Healing the past is the platform for living a life that leaves a better legacy for those who follow. What has been done is not un-done…it is simply de-powered. There are only two primary choices in life: faith in the goodness of God or fear that comes from feeling like we are on our own. Faith in an all-powerful Father who will not allow anything in our lives He can not transform for good gives peace and hope.
What legacy do you want to leave? What do you want the ‘Dash’ on your tombstone to represent?
Know Him by Name
- Knowing God by Name - Girlfriends in God
The link offers videos that are a companion resource for the book of the same name. It may inspire you to know Him more personally. Each of the eight weeks concludes with a reflective study and action steps to encourage further prayer and dialogue.
- Growing & Learning Together: Morning Star
Here's a name to start with: Morning Star. Every name has special meaning. Dig into it; know what it means to you!
What do you need to move into living that legacy?
You have been provided with all you need. Do you know that? The way to receive it is to know to be friends with, Jesus Christ.
His names tell you who He is and what He is like. Spend time getting to know Him by name.
It is my personal joy to walk with folks to victory, and I welcome your emails. There is a victorious, hope-filled life available. Walk through the valley and into the light of Christ!
Everything has a past...some interesting links to explore
- Directory of Historical Societies, Preservation Organizations & Programs in the United States &a
Every community has a history. Learn yours. Be part of preserving it!
- Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records at Ancestry.com
Discover your family history and start your family tree. Try free and access billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records.
- A walk through Washington
Take a walk and consider some truths about the roots of American government?
- 6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine — History in the Headlines
Who was St. Valentine, and why do we celebrate him on February 14? In honor of Valentine’s Day, get the facts about this enigmatic character.