I’m a bit hesitant to say I hope you had a wonderful Christmas because so many of us will scrunch up our faces just thinking about all these holidays right in a row, because Christmas time and all the holidays bring back memories we would rather not have surface. It can, and often is, a time that we want to hide under the blankets and wait for it all to be over.
The commercials are enough to drive anyone nuts with all their pushing of “you’ll be better with…” and “a time for family, friends, and fun.” For those of us that survived tremendous trauma in childhood, that will, or can bring back, flashbacks that are not fun or friendly.
But I have good news.
Those holidays are now past and we can, yes we can, leave behind those difficulties and look forward to a whole new year.
“THEY HAVE GREATLY OPPRESSED ME
FROM MY YOUTH,
BUT THEY HAVE NOT
That’s Psalm 129:2 and if you believe that verse then 2020 will be even better than 2019. We have a Lord and Savior that knows all of our deep pain and He is our Almighty Healer.
With each step we take in our healing journey He is right there with us. He will bring out of the darkness what is hidden and once exposed, and truly looked at, the light of His saving grace will heal it.
That sounds so simple I know. But I also know it is not quite as simple as it sounds because I have gone through those painful steps myself.
For many years Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, was something I absolutely dreaded because of past memories, but when I found that verse it was His light shining into those dark places and gave me the encouragement, strength, and fortitude to carry on in spite of what happened in the past.
I pray that as we all step into this new year that we will forge forward with new hope, new insight, and new healing, and embrace the wonderful things that the Lord has planned for us.
You can do it!
So have a …
HAPPY, JOY FILLED, PEACEFUL, AND PROSPEROUS 2020