Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sticks and Stones

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me." Remember that little ditty? Well, it's a lie. We learned it when we were kids, so that when other kids picked on us, or called us names, we could sing-song it back to them to let them know they didn't hurt us. But they did, didn't they! 

Years of hurtful words, by many people, pushed into that lock box in the dark corners of your mind. The box no one can open unless they say something hurtful to you. Then those words go into the already overstocked box and pushed farther into the corner. Only now it's so full that it can't contain everything you want to hide in there and it's actually not even in the corner anymore, but out in the middle of your mind. Those little hurtful words have festered into very sensitive little sores within you and people step on them every day. The least little thing can set you off. You've prayed about it, but you can't seem to get rid of those hurts. What can you do?

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)

That's what you do! You cast it upon the Lord. He can handle it. He wants it. Casting it upon Him (literally throwing it) rids you of the many burdens you've been trying to carry and deal with. But you were never meant to deal with them! Did you know that? Jesus told us to bring everything to Him. If He wasn't serious, He wouldn't have said it!

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." ~Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

I carried one burden after another for years upon years. I thought I was giving everything to Him when I prayed, but before long, my words seemed to hit a brick wall. I literally could not figure out why I couldn't get rid of all those things that people had said to me over the years. They were suffocating me. All those things in that locked box were spilling out, making me sick, both mentally and emotionally. It was time for a cleansing...

"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." ~Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)

The night the Holy Spirit washed over me, I had many people praying for me and over me. When I cried out to the Lord, He most definitely answered me. He began a healing within me. Then He began showing me many things. Let me tell you, when God promises you something, you better get ready, because He definitely does NOT go back on His Word! Since beginning this journey to forgiveness, God has shown me great things and mighty things, and wonderful things, and He continues every day to show me something else. Every day He gives me a new story to write. Yes, I remember many of the hurtful things that have been said to me. But those things have no affect on me now. Instead, I'm using them to get my message across to you who are hurting, so you too, can begin to heal.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." ~2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)


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