One year I read and summarized each verse of the entire Old Testament. While it was a bit tedious at times, and sometimes honestly confusing/bothersome (I have no formal Biblical education), there were some great lessons! My biggest takeaway was how often the Lord wants His people to remember, and be grateful.
I encourage you to remember how far you have come, and any part of your past that felt like slavery. Celebrate your freedom and don’t forget it! Remember all the great blessings and amazing miracles! Remember the things you have learned. And be grateful for every lesson.
Remember with Gratefulness:
I remember that I used to have an eating disorder – and if you looked at the journals of my early 20s, I was constantly begging the Lord to help me stop obsessing over food and my body. It was slavery for me.
I am so SO grateful that now I decide to eat foods that make me feel good, and avoid ones that make me feel bad – and it has nothing to do with weight. There is no anxiety. There is no stress or obsession. And there is pleasure! Food is meant to be enjoyed! And sometimes I eat foods that aren’t good for me, and I enjoy it! Food is not worth feeling guilty over.
I remember that I didn’t get my period for THREE whole years in my early 20s. And I didn’t know how to get it back. And nothing seemed to help. It was a complete obsession for me and I fell apart. You could see evidence in my journals about this as well.
I am so grateful that I have had my period regularly for at least 13 years now! I promised to never complain if I ever got it again, and I (mostly!) haven’t. Knowing what I now know about the body – I am so grateful that my body has healed, even if I am not done healing.
I remember that I used to wonder what was wrong with me, that I couldn’t seem to attract a good man. That ALL I wanted was a happy marriage. So much of what I wanted in life was dependent on that and I didn’t know how to make it happen by myself.
I am so grateful that I learned how to be happy before I met the man of my dreams. I’m so grateful for a truly happy, fulfilling marriage, even if my first real date, ever, in my whole life, was after age 30.
It is so good to remember and be grateful of all that I have been blessed with! Especially when my want list has now grown to the “next” things. (Which is perfectly natural!)
Remembering with gratefulness can be used as evidence that your present desires are possible.
Yes! All of those things that you aren’t sure will ever happen for you… Yes, they can happen, too!
A happy marriage is possible for you. A thriving business, a healthy body, happy children, joyful confidence, it is all possible!
Sometimes we can bring things to fruition by ourselves, sometimes we need help. I didn’t realize that having help could really speed the journey. I think if I had allowed myself to have more help on the above issues, healing would have come much faster. Would that have brought my desires sooner? I don’t know. But I know that the waiting would have been much more pleasant.