With the new year now here, my friends and I have returned to our normal routines and schedules. This includes the meeting of my monthly Christian women's book club.
Started back in September, out of a desire for fellowship, the four of us in our little book club are slowly becoming close friends. This in itself has brought healing in my life in a very unique way. As the months go by, we are beginning to open up to one another more and more, and for each of us that is helping us deal with our own inner struggles. Each one of us is on a journey, a faith walk with God. Each of us is traveling our own road, yet finding common ground as we share what we learn and struggle with along the way.
This description of myself and my club members is very similar to the description of the characters in the book we are reading this month. We have chosen to read Some Wildflower In My Heart by Jamie Langston Turner. It's a somewhat predictable story with a few unexpected twists and turns in the plot. The two main characters are Margaret Tuttle and Birdie Freeman. Both have unique personalities and both are walking very different roads in life. Yet, as the story unfolds, readers discover that both have secrets. Both have memories from their past that haunt them and hold them back from being all they can be. This a story that will resonate in the lives of those who seek peace and healing from a past they wish to put behind them once and for all.
Are you like that? Is there something in your past that haunts you? Something you wish to forget?
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Lay all of your burdens and those things that haunt you at the feet of Jesus. Give it all to Him and walk away free in the grace and mercy of your Lord Jesus Christ.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.” Philippians 3:13-15 (NIV)
For each of us, as we are in the middle of our trials, we often can't see beyond the nose on our face.We get buried and consumed in our own little world dealing with our own issues that hinder us and keep us from being all we can be for God. Yet God, in his infinite grace and mercy knows us better than we know ourselves. He never leaves us. He loves us and He sees the whole picture.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
Give it all to God. He has some big plans for each and everyone of us. Each one of us were created to glorify God in own unique ways. Don't you want to know how he plans to use you? Don't let anything hold you back from discovering the joys of a grace filled life with Christ.
Let go and let the healing begin.
Healing Begins by Tenth Avenue North