Sometimes you make a mistake & all you can think about afterwards is what you could of done differently. “I shouldn’t have said that.” “Why didn’t I do this?” You’re stuck in the present trying to think of a way to change the past. But there is no time travel. No way to erase or alter what has been done. So what do you do? You fill yourself with as much guilt and shame as you think you deserve. Back and forth your thoughts go about what should of happen and why were you stupid enough to let it happen. A cycle of guilt and pain.
Don’t allow this to overtake you. Don’t let your thoughts chain you down & eat at you until you feel full with grief and shame.
If you truly want forgiveness, ask for it. From your mother, your sister, you friend, your boss. Even from God. Ask for forgiveness even if you are afraid of what can possibly be said. Because when you do, your heart will begin to soften. Your pain may not go away, but God will see you as you truly are: a person laying their heart on the table. God honors that type of sacrifice and will begin to heal it. To warm it up to place that cannot be done by yourself.
Even when that person does not give you the closure and forgiveness you need, God will satisfy that if you let Him. It’s not going to happen overnight, but as I said earlier, God will honor what you have done.
However, usually the hardest part it forgiving yourself. “How can I be so stupid?” “Why did I let myself do that?” These are questions we always ask ourselves after we have made a mistake. But these thoughts do not need to hold us captives if we allow ourselves to forgive ourselves. Think about God. As I said earlier, we often need to ask for forgiveness from God. Over and over again. Yes, the Scripture says that He has forgiven us when Christ died on the cross. It was finished a long time ago. But to continually lay your heart in front of God helps us align with His glory,
Let Him take what is empty in you and fill it up with Himself.
Forgive yourself because He forgave you.
The way you do that is by audibly telling Him. Talk to Him. Pray to Him. Only then can that exchange take place. He wants to connect with you like a father wants to connect with his child. Let Him have a relationship with you.
We all make mistakes. It happens sometimes. Some more than others. But we learn from it. We grow from it. We become a better person because of it if we allow ourselves to let God take over our circumstances.
Smaller classes, teachers are esteemed, less standardized tests. We know how to help students be more successful. Why can’t we just do that?
You know, it’s hard to transition to a new stage in life.
I miss my family all the time. I miss having family dinners at the table and having my parents try to have us talk about our day. I miss laying on any of my sisters beds and talking to them about the most random things. I just miss being with them.
I miss my friends. The summer hangs. I can act silly with them at one minute and talk seriously about Jesus the next.
I miss my church.
I had it good.
But, you know what? It was all good because of God. All of it. Every single thing I miss was brought into my life because of the love that God has for me. He hand picked my friends. He blessed me with my loving and supportive family. He led me to an amazing church to grow with Him.
And He will do it again. He will bring blessings just like before. It may not be in the way I expected or even wanted, but I am walking into this new stage with my arms wide open.
And the best part about it? I get to have my best friend by my side the whole time. My husband, one of God’s biggest gifts to me, will hold my hand as God leads us into the unknown.
You know, it’s hard to transition to a new stage in life, but I have one and THE ONE with me through it all.
AND ALL ME CRIES. EVERYONE WATCH DEREK ON NETFLIX! I went through all of first season today. Such a beautiful show of goodness.
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