This morning, in Sunday School, the teacher said something that drudged up a lot of painful emotions inside of me. I know that I haven’t fully healed from the difficult times we had while on staff at one of the churches Austin worked for. But, every now and then, it just really hits me.
I thought it was very interesting that in church, the pastor said that everything works together for good for those that love the Lord. That’s from Romans 8:28. Right before that, he said that God takes everything in our lives and uses for His good. This is what we can take comfort in when going through hard times.
Everything Works Together For Good
When the pastor said that everything works together for good for those that love the Lord, I realised that verse wasn’t saying it would always seem good to me. I have had a very hard time with that verse in the past. Mainly, because I can’t see how major devastation have turned out for good.
What God was saying to me this morning is that I must trust Him and have faith that those things we went through had a reason. I have no clue what those reasons are, and I don’t know that I ever will. But, I am trusting that He will work it together for His good.
So, yeah…I still feel hurt from the past. I’m owning it. I’m not going to downplay how hurt I was during that time and how it still affects me. When those emotions come up, I’m going to let them run their course the same way that other emotions do.
You’re Not Alone
I don’t know what you are struggling with this holiday season, but I know that this time of year brings up a lot of pain for people. You may have gone through a lot of very difficult seasons of life that still haunt you. It’s ok to if you aren’t over it. It’s ok to feel sad or emotional. It’s all part of working towards healing and forgiveness.
The Happiness Dare
I let those difficult years suck the happiness and joy out of my life. We got away from that terrible situation, but I was still not happy. About two years ago, I really made a commitment to being content with life. The book, The Happiness Dare, really helped me find happiness in everyday things in life. If you didn’t know, I don’t read very many books- rather, I skim them. This is one of the few books I read from cover to cover, because it made that big of a difference in my life.
Other things on my mind this week-
Austin put together a round-up of Cyber Monday deals that are going to expire tomorrow night.