Have you ever had the chance to look back on something you wrote, spoke or did in your past?
Thanks to Timehop—lots of us see the memories, the moments and get a taste of the good things that have been in our lives. I’m thankful for the baby pictures that I haven’t seen of my girls in a few years or a picture with a friend that marked a special moment for the both of us.
Although it isn’t wise to live in the past or dwell there for that matter—looking back can be sweet and have value.
Today I had tears over words I had written in my past. Even though the words had already been written, they were fresh to my eyes this morning. Today I have different obstacles and challenges–things are definitely not the same.
But these words still spoke to me—and were a reminder of the perspective I should have moving forward.
This really is a journey for me. Today, I read God’s word with urgency and a deep desire to be full. From the One who has promises He keeps, and the One who is eternal in His goodness. One year ago I would’ve read God’s word and assumed it was a task to “do something” with or my “duty.”
Though I have been grieving, now is a time to be thankful. My circumstances have happened…there is no going back or changing them. But what there is—is Him. Drawing me to Himself. This needed to happen. How can I not be thankful for that?
I heard someone say earlier today as she was sharing about the challenges in her life, that “tests” are part of our testimony. Its easy to be happy and a neat and tidy Christian when life is going well. But it says much more about you when life is dark, challenges are present and you still have faith. My life is no longer a picture perfect one. It is broken and bruised. I no longer have “the dream life” we all watch in the movies.
You also know now…that I have to pick up the pieces and pull myself back together. How do I begin to be me again? How do I come full circle? ….I don’t know if I ever do.
I am changed. And the way I am realizing I go about life again…without a bitter heart…without a dark cloud …without fear and anger…
is to remember and claim Gods promises for my life. I can’t break Gods promises. They are unbreakable.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I will be repeating this promise about God, to God. You are the God that is with us, who strengthens and helps.
Do you have words that might be good to go back and reread? Do you need to “rewind” in a way to get your heart right? I’m glad I found these words from my past and I’m thankful how they spoke truth to my heart today.