Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pour Yourself Out

    The words spin around these days as I struggle to form them into what is probably the most difficult article I’ve ever written. It comes from the deepest part of me where the words are few and tossed about by crushing waves of emotion. It’s a frustrating place to be, having this need to bring it all to the light of day, to see it on the surface and let it breathe, yet it’s bound up tight.

Are you struggling with what to write? What to do? What to paint? What to sing? What to create? What to say? What to be? Where to go?
Open your heart and pour yourself out!
    These are the words I’ve heard whispered throughout my day today and I wanted to share them with you.

    When it’s your story, your song, you taking steps in a particular direction it’s not up for approval if you and God are in agreement over it. It’s from your heart and there is no right or wrong. It’s not out there for scrutiny.

It’s you sharing a piece of you.

Plain and simple you.

God’s design in action.

Pour yourself out, my friend.

Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
    We are the clay, you are the potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.

- Isaiah 64:8

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

5 Steps To Help You Release Objects From a Painful Past

It wasn’t just any piano. It was the piano given to me with a promise attached to it; a promise to never let it leave the family and to hand it down from one generation to the next. It was supposed to be forever special and I was supposed to forever cherish it.

That was a tall order.

For years I’ve grappled with the thought that “a promise is a promise.” How could I possibly get rid of something I’d vowed would never leave my possession despite all the dark and painful memories associated with it? Yet, there it sat like a loud, obnoxious and very unwelcome house guest in the corner of my living room, taking up space and soaking up a bit of my joy with every glance.

So, when the opportunity came recently to trade my piano for a very old baby grand, I realized it was time to put my faith in action and actually let it go. In that decision alone, I regained control over the situation and reclaimed what this inanimate object held over me for so long and you know what? It felt great!

I know how difficult it can be to let go of something held onto out of obligation or perhaps a false sense of commitment and I would like to share my observations taken from my own personal experience:

1. Recognize that it’s unhealthy to keep objects around that represent an unpleasant time in our lives, especially if God is healing us, drawing us out and away from the grip of painful memories.

2. It’s much easier to get rid of an object if we release it emotionally first. This is tough to do when anger or resentment have built up, but if we first come to terms with it emotionally, we can release it with strength and confidence.

3. Understand that something that may have represented grief and pain in your life could actually be a blessing to someone else.

4. Give praise to God when the object physically leaves your possession! Praise Him for the feeling of release it brings and enjoy the wonderful freedom of no longer being bound by the painful memories it represented.

5. Share your testimony! Tell others how God has helped to bring you this far in the healing process.

God doesn’t want us held captive by inanimate objects nor by any other reminders of a painful past. Joel 2:25 tells us, “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you.”

Is there something you possess today that should be released? Something from a painful past or a promise made? God knows what brings the pain and sadness in your life. Rise up and take control of your healing process and remember Luke 10:19, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Seek Him. Seek His guidance and direction and release all that hinders you today.


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