Let everything bad escape and take the pain with it so you can come back to life.
I have found that God is truly the only way to leave my past behind, in its icky pain hurt loss filled entirety.
It is one thing to share your hurt with another person, as there is great value in companionship, being heard and receiving love.
Its another thing to bring it to God, who already knew everything in its entirety because He was there at each pain filled moment, and knows how to release and free us from it.
The cool thing after God sets you free? You can go back to your history, recall it and remember it without the emotional baggage soundtrack pushing your buttons.
The fact it happened to you doesn’t change, but you are not stuck in the memory reels on constant rewind, stirring up all the pain hurt frustration anger as it used to every time you tried to revisit.
That is true freedom from a nasty memory.
If you are anything like me, you too may have a tractor trailer filled with pain, regrets, memories you allow to trail behind you, sapping your joy and strength in the now.
But you don’t need to take it with you anymore.
God is waiting to unhitch your baggage from you. He is the key to your freedom.
How do I know?
I have left abandonment, rejection, molestation, rape, self injury, verbal abuse, bullying, labelling, betrayal and intense grief behind me.
God set me free.
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Who Jesus sets free is truly free. (John 8:36)
As the Message version puts it, free through and through.
Your mind becomes free to think about current and future things.
Your body becomes free to release its physical stresses.
Your heart is free to love with abandon, no holding back.
You are able to forgive, freeing yourself from what you did and what was done to you.
You are made new.
There are many different tools God uses to set His beloved ones free.
Theophostic and Sozo are the two types of counseling that I have been led through where God led the pathway to freedom through listening, caring believers.
Don’t wait to be set free.
Start your new life today by taking a step away from your past towards God.
He is waiting to break the chains that are harming you and holding you back from all He has for you:
“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out––plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else.”
Jer 29:11-13 (Message)