Very thought provoking post. Missed it last year, thanks for posting it again. Gives a lot to reflect on.
You encourage me, Marilyn ... thanks so much!Linda
Thanks for sharing this excellent post, Linda. It's inspired much reflection, as you can see. Your original article ("3 Moves You Must Make To Become Whole") was very helpful when I read it last May; a year later, its meaning is even fuller for me. Thank you for bringing it to my attention again.It's fascinating how one anonymous question, and your response at the time, are continuing to speak to others, like me, now. (Thanks, Creekside Online!) I, too, wonder about that rather fine line -- between the need to "remember" and the need to "release" -- as I continue my own healing journey. Do you know those lyrics from Natalie Grant? "Suddenly it's like a weight is lifted / When you hear the words that you are loved / He knows where you are and where you've been / And you never have to go there again" (from "Perfect People," one of my favorite songs). They remind me of what you're saying here, about acknowledging the past (knowing that God knows every inch of where you've been) and then giving over its powerful hold to Him by receiving, in turn, *His* powerful hold, trusting that He is faithful to bring change and restoration. "And you never have to go there again" . . .For someone who loves history, I appreciate the instructive words from Moses to "Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations" (Deut. 32:7). When I think about what Paul later writes, "forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead" (Phil. 3:13), my initial reaction is, "Contradiction?" But, knowing that God doesn't contradict Himself, and reading these verses more in context, I believe they're really just different sides of the same coin: the need to "remember" and the need to "release."I'm learning that, when the focus is Christ, looking backward at those broken patterns not only casts His own mighty deeds of deliverance (and our great need for Him!) into high relief, but it also begins to train our eyes forward onto the life-giving potential of forgiveness, which He so perfectly modeled for us. I think Psalm 143 gives us a powerful glimpse of this approach in action: after David prayerfully acknowledges the "dark places" he's been and recalls the persecutions that have "crushed his life into the ground," he then releases his afflictions (and enemies) into God's strong hands, meditating on His long-proven goodness, faithfulness, and mercy. Quite amazing.I pray that the Spirit continues to guide me, and all those who seek healing and who counsel those who do, along each necessary step of that narrow path which connects where we've been to where we're going . . .Bless you, Linda, for walking alongside,~A
Yes, A ... we need to remember so we can examine well so we can release completely. And that is exactly what you're doing!Super insightful reflections from your heart today!Linda
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