When Your Past Consumes Your Future

Breaking The Chains Of The Past

Is your past hindering your future? 

Do you feel shackled? 

Is your joy being robbed by the haunting of what happened to you in your past? Are you having a difficult time overcoming that barrage of emotions and thought processes that overwhelm you as past occurrences creep into your mind? Do you desire rescue from your island of despair? 

First, let me tell you that you are not alone as I have had seasons through my life where I could be in the same boat as you. Feeling like I had lost the paddles and just wandering around in a large body of water without any ability of getting back to land where I’d be secure once again. Allowing the current of my emotions take me in directions I couldn’t control nor wanted to go. Fear, shame, loneliness and unworthiness entered my world in those moments. 

I am unbelievable grateful for these experiences that have taught me great lessons, developed character, and taught me to pray without ceasing. As a result of my personal victories in this area, I’d like to offer you a bit of encouragement and direction for your weary journey

In these seasons where you feel like your about to drown, you fall into the temptation to take on full blame feeling as it is all your fault. Of course, many of the past hurts aren’t our fault while some current consequences are the fault of our past decisions. You’ve understood that Jesus is always there to throw the life vest but grabbing hold of it seems harder than it appears. Now, your reduced to a scared, insecure person who sometime assumes your not good enough to experience the rescuing power of Jesus. Friends and family say to just move on, grow up, and get over it. We that have been there know that this isn’t the best advice. 

What Do You Do When Your Past Overcomes You? 

I want to offer you the HOPE that I cling to and has helped me overcome my past. 

Before we go any further, read these verses and allow their truth to sink deep within your soul. Read them multiple times until you feel the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit around you. 

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke‬ ‭12:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

~You Are So Very Worthy~

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

~Live, Dream, & Believe Big, Because God Wants To Use Your Life~

1. Go On A Treasure Hunt: Treasure can be found in your dirt. Brush it off and cling to the King of your life. The Word Of God is the only place to find the treasure to bring Hope in midst of trying times. Decide today to consistently get into the Bible and let the words dive deep into your heart and soon you will see that it will overflow into every place of your life. 

2. Healing Is More Than A Feeling: God wants to bring healing to your life but you cannot afford to continue rehearsing and rehashing the past. Practice His presence in your life. He is always there to lean on and lean into. Learn to lean on the Holy Spirit whom is right beside you every second of your day. Decide today to not give into the emotions that surge during trying times but instead talk to your closest friend who never leaves your side. Pray without ceasing…meaning…every time the emotions rise up, talk to the Father and let His presence comfort you. 

3. Begin Exposing The World to the Gift You Were Created To Be: One of the greatest ways to overcome your past and break the chains of bondage is to put your focus on others. Become an encourager, begin praying for people, and discover ways to serve those around you. Decide today to live in the Victory achieved on the cross. Jesus conquered sin on the cross. Tap into that life giving power and surrender your all to Jesus. 

“Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:15-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Your destiny as a bright star is on the horizon. You were made to shine. I see the need for people to wear sunglasses when around you in the coming days. 😎

30 Day Solitude Challenge

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God is calling us to Himself on a daily basis waiting to shower us with many more blessings than we could ever fathom! But with all the noise & distractions, how in the world do we experience the fulfillment of connecting with the Heavenly Father.

We are a busy, overworked, stressed, and a society full of chaos and noise. I believe one of our greatest needs is to reject the noise and learn the art of solitude.

We see that Jesus understood the importance of solitude all over the New Testament.

Mark 1:35

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

Jesus invited His disciples to share times of solitude with Him. “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” Mark 6:31-32

Will you join me and begin a journey that will be a catalyst to a greater walk with Jesus. During these 30 days, I anticipate big and dynamic experiences in your spiritual life. I wouldn’t be surprised if you experience miracles, breakthroughs, deliverance and transformation. If none of these things happen, you will at minimum establish a more intimate and deeper relationship with your Creator, which is phenomenal itself.

If you accept the challenge, spend 30 minutes in solitude and silence alone with the Father. If you need to break that into 2 or 3 segments in your day, go for it but let your time equal at least 30 minutes. Perhaps you take a walk in the woods, or sit beside a body of water. Even an area in or outside your house may work. Make sure that all your communication and media devices are turned off!

In solitude and silence you’re learning to stop doing, stop producing, stop pleasing people, stop entertaining yourself and to stop obsessing. Stop doing anything except to simply be your self before God and be found by Him.

My prayer is that this plants a seed deep within your soul and it begins a transformative habit in your life that continues well beyond Easter. I can’t wait to hear your story of how God’s sweet presence swept into your time of solitude and reshapes your life.

The 30 Day Solitude Challenge begins Saturday March 18, 2017 and ends on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Be sure to comment below if you are accepting the challenge. Also, be sure to share this to your social media or send the link to family and friends whom you feel could benefit from this as well.

Blessings to each of you as you embark on solitude for your soul.