• Debbie Howell

It’s Time to Let Go of the Past and Believe for the Future

Today I saw something that sparked memories, unwanted, painful memories that threatened to take me back to a past I’ve worked hard to heal and move on from.  I had to immediately recognize the whispers of the enemy working to drag me back to feelings of anger and fear and then I had to  call on God to give me the strength to trust Him with it all.

I’m learning what it means to let go of the past and fully embrace my future with God.  It’s one thing to make a determination not to dwell on the past or allow it to paralyze our future progress.  It’s another thing to believe that God can take every part of our past and make it into something amazing and beautiful.

That’s what I did today.  Instead of entertaining the painful thoughts of the past (like I’ve done so many times before), I looked up to God and said, “Thank You for the beautiful future you are making out of my painful past.  Thank You that You will take every good and bad experience I’ve lived through and use it to equip me to stand before the world and give You the glory You deserve.”

That’s not an easy prayer to pray, especially when we haven’t yet seen the good God can make from the horrors we may have lived through.  It’s a part of praying in faith so that God can do all that He’s promised to do in our lives.  If we focus on His Word instead of our pain and regrets, He can step into our lives and create something new, something that’s beautiful and amazing.

In Jesus’ name…

to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61:3 NIV

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