Wrong Turn – Get Back on the Right Road

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C.S. Lewis – “When you make a wrong turn the wrong road never turns into the right road. To get back on the right road you have to go back to where you missed the turn.”

There are times in life when I move ahead too quickly from a challenging situation or a hurtful encounter in order to avoid confronting any pain that exists within me. I just want to get through it. I don’t like do-overs or rehashing of things. I just want to get it done with and move on.

But, that doesn’t always work with God.

When  I realize that something is still stinging in me or when a person’s name comes up or I still feel that punch to my stomach inside if I think about a particular situation,  I realize there is an open wound still present. No closure within.

Solution? I go back to that place during times of worship and intimacy with Jesus and led by Holy Spirit, I walk it out again with Him. Usually, I am quick to ask forgiveness of those whom I hurt. But I often find that in forgiving others, I don’t forgive myself. I carry the weight for a long, long time and it affects me in many ways that I am not always aware of.

I walk back to that point and deal with the pain. I go back with the Lord to release something or someone so that I keep moving forward. I have no control over others so I’m not responsible for them. I have to look at me and see why this pain? What is the root of all of this?

He always tells me. It could be a time of rejection from a parent. Or how about a betrayal by a friend? There’s many different scenarios in our less than perfect lives.

Over the years, I have learned something. To go forward often requires going back. Holy Spirit will lead the way and if He is not showing you anything, don’t look for it. But, when He does take the time to come apart, worship and listen. You will be the better for it.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
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No More Regrets – Great Video!

FaithSomeone posted this video on Facebook today and I immediately knew it is my message of the day. I learn to see in Holy Spirit what the Father is saying to His children. God speaks in a variety of ways and creative outlets. He is speaking through this video. I am simply making the connection between the regret that people sense in their lives and the ONE who heals and restores and makes new. Jesus Christ.

No more regrets – for any of us. So many, as you will see when you watch this, are dealing with lost vision, opportunities, dreams, etc. etc. etc.

Regret leaves us standing in a prison behind a locked door. Feeling trapped and isolated, unable to see any possible way from fulfilling what is deep in our heart, we feel dead inside, going through the motions, limited and dormant. Eyes well up with tears simply because deep inside we know that we know we are created for more……….the more being a deep passion to fulfill a purpose inside that is from eternity and bathed in creativity.

Jesus comes and gives us a clean slate – day by day, moment by moment. In the midst of our mistakes, our failures and our losses, our hearts turn and repent (to think differently, to change one’s mind for the better, to reconsider).

We stand and gaze upon His beauty, see His glory and see ourselves in Christ. His mercies are new every morning. His goodness abounds to us in our weakness.

We not only stand in the imparted revelation of His goodness and grace, we move in faith to start today with new vision, birthed from the throne of God. In other words, it is NEVER too late, unless you make it so. Believe this is so for it is not cliché but reality in Christ.

He wipes the slate clean. Every good and perfect thing comes down from the Father of lights. Knowing each of us before we were even born, our lives are hidden in Christ as He is Lord of our lives. He forms us, knows us and empowers us to live a renewed, holy life through the power of His resurrection. Enjoy!

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
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That Thing That Stands In The Way

Took this quote from a post by Don Milan on Facebook. It is so good.

“There must be, and, if we are honest, there always will be at least one situation in our lives that we cannot fix, control, explain, change, or even understand. For Jesus and for his followers, the crucifixion became the dramatic symbol of that necessary and absurd stumbling stone.” (Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life)

crossIn our lives there is always something that just stands “there,” right in our path, an obstacle in our field of vision. Its sound is one of mockery and accusation. It constantly reminds us of our failure,  if we allow the enemy to portray it as such. Don’t we all face this?

Yet the redemptive loving power and grace of God takes that which seems utterly out of our control and anoints it for his glory in our lives. Yet, it may still rise up in our peripheral vision at times attempting to position us in the past. We are no longer there.

As Graham Cooke speaks about – we are present-future, not present-past.

The cross of Christ in all its glory defies the wisdom of the ages with the sound of total redemption and freedom to live, move and have our being in Christ in total freedom. Present-future. Life is good!

DebraIn Christ,
Debra