I will admit that sometimes prompts help me get out of a writing funk. This prompt was from back in July but thought I would give it a shot. I have enjoyed following Free Flow Friday
As we move forward in life it is always good to pause to take a look at where we are coming from. Looking back should be a part of our everyday life. It’s in the looking back that we remember just how far we have come and to where it is we would like to go. Looking back enables us to reconsider the steps we have taken and the steps that we need to take. Sometimes we spend way to much time looking back to the point that it becomes a stumbling block to us and our future. You see we can never gain that which we have lost in looking back. It is only by moving forward can we find the hope that we need to move into the future. So if you find yourself stuck in looking back remember that you are not the same person you use to be back then and you probably wont be the same person that you are today in the future. Our life is made up of the past, the present and the future. If we learn to live in the present we can enjoy both our past and the upcoming future. So when we are looking back lets make sure that it is just to visit and not to take up residence.
I haven’t been involved in Free Flow Fridays in a long time. Life does get busy but sometimes I just didn’t feel like being involved this way. I think that’s OK. This one minute writing exercise is helpful if only you will allow it to help you. Today it remined me of the place in which I am coming from, learning from and growing from. I was so broken that all I knew how to do was hurt those around me. But you see I am not that person anymore thanks be to God. I no longer sit at a place of being ashamed, or feeling guilty, or not even liking myself. You see Jesus has forgiven me and I have finally chosen to walk in His forgivenes. It has been a struggle but I am at a better place because of it. Here is what I wrote in the 1 minute time that was given.
In this life we all get tattered. Things happen in our life sometimes that is beyond our own control and some things are just consequences of actions that we have taken. Either way we are tattered, bruised, a little troubled but at the same time we can find healing. The pages of our tattered stories need to be shared so that we can receive the healing that is needed. Our minds may be tattered, our soul tattered, our bodies tattered but I know a man that will take your tattered life and make it new. Will He remove that tattered scars from your life maybe. This newness I speak of is not wiping what you have been through away but allowing you to get to a place where what you have been through no longer dictates your life. He gives you peace in the situation even though the situation is chaotic. You see this tattered life is not my own but His to carry. Because He has taken my tattered life I am new in Him. I am loved regardless of how tattered I may be. It does not make me any less of a person. For in Him there is beauty within my tattered soul. For in Him there is hope for my hopelessness. For in Him there is love unconditional. You see this tattered soul can open up and be free to share her tattered story and know that I have freedom in Him.
You see having a tattered life should never dictate who you are. Its what you do with your tattered life that makes all the difference. You were meant to soar.
“Gather and Group”
I’ve been involved in a life-group for more than 2 years now. In the beginning it was hard. I didn’t know the people. To be honest, I found being around new people quite intimidating. Having major trust issues. For most of the first year I was very guarded. I was afraid of being hurt and known.
Towards the end of year one is when I began to open up more. So within year two I was learning much more about myself within this group settting. I was able to do do this because my life-group members were very transparent, which was refreshing to me. They showed me that being yourself was just ok. There was no need for pretense. They showed me no judgement, and because of their love and acceptance I was able to open up even more. I was becoming a new person. I was being changed because of my groups openness, honesty, trust and transparency.
Within that second year I found myself wanting more. More of the community and love that they had shown me within the first year. I wanted to be a part of their life and share in the joys and pains that they experienced. I wasn’t sure how this would be done but this was where I wanted to do.
One day I saw a blog post called “Row Out Wednesdays”. That is when I decided to become more intentional with my relationships within and outside of this group. It meant that I would have reach out. It meant that I would allow myself to be more vulnerable. It meant that the level of intimacy would have to be deeper. It meant that I would have to trust Jesus more than I ever have before.
This is what Jesus wants for us. To want to know him more and have a deeper relationship with Him. We thrive better within community than on our own. Our community can be a church group, family, friends or a group where you share the share the same likings with someone.
I know this will not be easy for me but I look forward to connecting with my life-group and others on a different level.
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