We are closing in on the finish line, friends! This is the second to last post of my Betrayal series. December is almost here! Wow! Where has the time gone? This week, however, I am stepping it up a bit and posting twice 🙂 I’d love for you to come back Wednesday when I share some special behind the scenes thankfulness. November is not only Thanksgiving, but it is also National Adoption Month and I’ve got a powerful story to share with you about the miracle of adoption.
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Week 4 – Unconditional Acceptance (with a fun 17-Scripture printable set of cards)
Week 5 – Revenge (with a printable prayer)
Week 6 – Betrayal and Lessons Learned (with 14 Statements of Strength)
Now for today! It’s all about living again, getting unstuck, and moving forward!
I love music. It is food for my soul. The Schumakers tend to listen to a little of almost everything (as long as the lyrics are clean). In the car, and when the kids aren’t feeding LeCrae ,Trip Lee, or Taylor Swift through my speakers, I tend to listen to Air 1, K Love, or my favorite country station. (Can you guess which of my three is the Taylor Swift fan?)
But there is one thing that annoys me. I know I’m not alone in this … it’s the songs that replay over and over and over again!
A 45-minute car ride will inevitably hold radio replays! If it happens to be your favorite song, it could potentially be a good situation. However, for the not-so-favorite songs, it’s a not-so-good situation!
The other day as I was flipping through channels trying to find a song I hadn’t heard a multitude of times, a thought crossed my mind.
The replays I love to hate on the radio are similar to the replays I sometimes let take over my thoughts.
The not-so-good thoughts. The ones that replay a story-line of the injustices in my life.
Have you been there before? Where negative story-lines consume your thoughts? Story-lines filled with the grief, hurt, and betrayal of your past? The major betrayals and the minor ones? Yes, the ones that threaten to steal your joy and land you in a pit of “stuck”.
Stuck looking back.
Stuck allowing the past more power than the present or the future.
Stuck resigning to unfulfilled goals and dreams.
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
I love these verses because they remind me that it is okay to not have this all together and to not be an expert! It’s okay because I’m reaching out for Christ and not looking back anymore.
It’s okay because I’m keeping my eyes on Jesus so that He can reach into my sorrow, rescue me from the past and create a new me with a new tomorrow. A new tomorrow I can work on rebuilding without fear.
In the book of Zechariah, the Israelites were disillusioned with the re-building of the Temple to its former glory. They were stuck in the past, filled with fear, and disappointment. But I believe God was saying, “No more replaying the stories of the pain! Yes, the past hurt, but I will rescue you and make you into something fantastic, so get on with rebuilding!”
Just like in our lives.
I think God wants us to – Get on with rebuilding your lives. Don’t stay stuck in the fear or hurt of the past.
Friends, no matter what you have gone through, a good day will come again – don’t miss it! Don’t get stuck in life being so busy running those replays that you miss the good that God has in store. His Word does not come back void nor does He break His promises. So, I believe Him when He says He will rescue us and make us both a symbol and a source of blessing.
I know your journey is unique, but I know that step by step you will walk out of the past and into the future. I believe you can stop the replay of the injustices that keep you stuck and begin a replay of all that is good. My friend, I believe in you. And I believe in the power of Christ in you!
So, the next time you are listening to the radio and you begin to hear the replays, ask yourself, “Am I replaying the good songs in my life or the not-so-good?” Then make a conscious choice to tune out those story-lines of the past and fill them instead with the hope filled story-line of tomorrow!
Today I’m including a list of 8 posts that I think will encourage and inspire you to believe that there is life after betrayal. These posts are written by warriors who have lived through hurt and betrayal. They may have spent time replaying the wrong songs in their thoughts, but they are conquering that and getting on with the rebuilding of life. They are living again, unstuck and pursuing their goals and dreams. Their story may just be the one that resonates with your heart. These wonderful ladies have blessed me immensely with their words, I pray you feel that same blessing!
Dear Jesus, You are the mighty rebuilder of all things. You make all things new, including and most importantly our lives. Lord, I ask You to purify us as we walk through the fire. Purify us and make us like gold. Remove our fear and our replays of the past wrongs done to us, replacing them instead with Your courage and Your hope. Move us to get on with the rebuilding of our lives so that our story-line will be one that points to Your might power and love. May we each begin to replay Your truth that is filled with our hopes and dreams. May we each walk in a way that glorifies You and brings hope to those lost in the “stuck” of the past. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them. I will say, “These are my people,” And they will say, “The Lord is our God.”
Next week is the final post in this series. It’s about betrayal and the church. A topic that deeply saddens me. I’d love for you to come back and join me.
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