July 25, 2017

Normal


Sometimes we forget how far we’ve come.

We can even forget how much we’ve healed.

That is how great God’s work is in our lives.

Before I let go of the past, I talked about the past all the time and churned up all the bad feelings that came with those memories.

But when I let it go, that is when the true healing work came in and restored my heart and soul.

That is how I can have lunch with friends that tell me I am way too normal to have grown up in a home with an abusive father. I am normal because I am healed!

As relatively new friends, they didn’t know my history and stumbled on it by accident when we were sharing stories from our past and then out came the ugly memories from mine.

I am not writing this to share those memories or tell that story. I am writing this to praise God for His healing work because He truly set me free from my past. I forgave my father for things he never said he was sorry for and it was the path to a whole new life for me, out from under the bondage of memories I was glad to put behind me. I could only do that because I allowed God to work and when He does something, it is amazing!

If I had known how beautiful God’s healing work would be, I would have forgiven and let go sooner!

I did let go of the past, and He did a great healing work that made me whole. That made me normal.

How far have you come? In what area of your life has God worked in a mighty and healing way?

Let’s thank Him and praise Him together for the great things He has done!

If you are still in the difficult place, ask Him to give you the strength to forgive and then let go. These two steps will bring His healing. You will be amazed at the healing work God can accomplish when you take His hand and let Him walk you through and out of the place you are in now.

And then, there will be a day when you look back and see how far you’ve come.

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

July 23, 2017

Stand in Awe


This beautiful summer evening sunset against the backdrop of sky and church steeple stopped me in my tracks. No one else walking down 15th Street in downtown Plano seemed to notice the sight that I saw. I weaved around them and quickly tried to find the best vantage point to capture this image. I could not believe how fast that sun was setting which was not making it easy for me to take a good picture.

I finally took the best picture I could position myself for and then I put my phone away and stood still in breathless awe to watch the sunset on display before me.

I said, “Goodnight sun” as it continued to drop over the horizon and walked to the car and on the drive home I felt such joy from those few moments of gazing at a beautiful sunset by the tall church steeple.

Do you ever have those moments when your heart is just so abundantly full and overflowing because you cannot take in all the awe and wonder of our God?

Do you have those moments when you deeply breathe in all that’s around you and wonder how anyone could look at creation and not see our Creator?

I saw Him in the sunrise this morning as ribbons of violet and pink rose above housetops and golden bursts of sun followed, and the brightness soon made me look away, and I thought of the brightness of His Glory.

I saw Him in this awe-inspiring sunset and I know that by the power of His word all this world was made.

Oh, these are the moments of wonder and awe and I will not let them pass me by!

Psalm 33:8-9 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.