From Surviving to Thriving

By Terry Wardle

January 22, 2012

There have been places in my past that I never wanted to visit again. Never . . . ever. Even the thought of these places and times brought feelings that I simply did not want to revisit. Especially the feelings of shame. Shame because of things I did. Shame because of what others did. Shame because of how poorly I handled the things I and others did. Let’s just lock it all away and never look at it again. That was my strategy of coping and defending.
But over the years I have learned that the Lord neither shares my feelings nor strategy about the past I want to leave behind. Instead of forgetting, or erasing the past, the Lord wants to redeem it. To go back into these painful memories and bring our “riches, hidden in secret places” (Isaiah 45:3). He has been patient with me as I kick, scream, ignore, and avoid, being persistent that there are gems in these places of the past that will actually enrich my life in very important and specific ways.
I recently encouraged you to read Zephaniah 3:17-20. I hope you did. If not, go there now. There is one particular verse that should grab your attention. “I will give them praise and honor in every land where they were put to shame.” Amazing isn’t it. The Lord does want to take you out of these lands. But He intends more. He wants those very places to become sources of honor … of praise. For you. He wants to redeem our pasts, go back and gather so that we can move beyond surviving, to thriving! Amazing.

Keywords: honor, praise, redeem, shame
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So awesome! Esp this: "He has been patient with me as I kick, scream, ignore, and avoid, being persistent that there are gems in these places of the past that will actually enrich my life in very important and specific ways."

Sending this to a friend!
Linda Karchner at 6:07pm EDT - July 10, 2012


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