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To Forgive Or Not Forgive…That Is The Question — Trophy Of Grace

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Today’s post is a re-post from my friend at Trophy of Grace. You can not miss reading this amazing piece about forgiveness and the power it has for you as an individual.

Do you find yourself in the position where forgiveness is necessary in order to get past the hurts and raw feelings you have experienced in your life?

If you do, read today’s blog post, you will be inspired as well as encouraged and you will receive the power forgiveness has to offer you as an individual.

I feel many times we fall into the trap of believing forgiveness is about the other person, when many times it really isn’t. It is really about you and the power and strength it will give you to move on past the circumstance you have been fighting with for so long.

Below is a quick excerpt from Trophy of Grace’s Blog post followed by the article itself.

We all have situations in our lives when we have to choose to forgive. Take a minute and just think of a time where you were wronged or where someone hurt you, you got it? Now remember how it made you feel mentally, spiritually, and physically because it does all 3. It can run the […]

You can click on this link to take you over to her page to continue reading or it is copied below in it’s entirety.

To Forgive Or Not Forgive…That Is The Question — Trophy Of Grace

We all have situations in our lives when we have to choose to forgive. Take a minute and just think of a time where you were wronged or where someone hurt you, you got it? Now remember how it made you feel mentally, spiritually, and physically because it does all 3. It can run the gamut.

What happens when we don’t forgive?

Unforgiveness, pain, or stress can cause heartburn, high blood pressure, migraines, all kinds of sickness, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, and worsen pain. It can also cause us to put up walls, not trust others even when they were not the offender. It can cause us to live in fear, shame, and rejection. Puts distance between you and God, and other people and soooo much more.

Once that offense happens unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, anger, and more can all set in. I’m quite certain we’ve all experienced them at some point in our lives. It’s what we do with when it’s pops it’s ugly head out that matters most.

We can choose to let it makes angry, unhappy, grumpy, miserable, sick, basically it’s like drinking poison and expecting the one who harmed us to die. I’ve been there myself to often and my friend it’s not a fun place to be.

  • Unforgiveness steals your joy.
  • Unforgiveness actually can make your body sick.
  • Unforgiveness also opens the door for the enemy to work in your life.
  • Unforgiveness can hinder your prayer life, and keep your prayers from being answered.

So what’s our other choice? Because we do have another choice, it’s not easy by any means but it is the one that’s best for us and that’s….forgiveness!

I think we get confused, it doesn’t excuse the person or what they did that harmed you, it’s for yourself! It’s for your peace and your joy.

The wrongs that have been done to you can make you bitter or better, but not both. I’m choosing the latter. And yes it’s hard but it’s so worth it!

You may have to do it over and over and over again until one day it just is better and that person or situation no longer has power over you.

I found myself there the other day over a certain situation and I had the choice on what I would do. I’m happy to say after some shed tears, yes Lord 70*7 I choose to forgive, for myself and Lord as hard as it is to say, would You bless my enemies.

Matthew 18:21-22 “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Matthew 5:44 “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

What the enemy meant for harm and to destroy, You Lord will work for my good. It’s a promise!

Obviously, God has something so much better for us. Today I can even say thank you for the situation because it’s just given God more of an opportunity to shine in our lives. It’s all for His glory!

Ya know, I share some of my crazy Jerry Springer things or my brokenness and struggles not to air my dirty laundry or make you feel sorry for me but in hopes that maybe through my pain, my trials I can encourage and help someone else along the way! That’s my hearts desire. I never want my pain or tears to be wasted, and I want Him to receive all the glory. I’ve been through some stuff, just like you but I choose to let it make me better and you can too!

So today, I say choose forgiveness sweet friend, not for them but for yourself. God sees what’s going on in the lives of his precious children and don’t think He will not bring vindication and victory in your lives.

It takes time to restore and it may look different than what you think it should look like. But it’s durning those times of restoration that our faith and trust grows and we grow closer to God.

Never doubt God has a plan, He wasn’t caught off guard by what happened to you. His word says, “He will do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond all you could hope, ask or think.” Amen!! He loves you with an everlasting love and He will work it all out for your good.

Have a blessed and wonderful weekend! God bless you!

Big hugs,

💗

Nicole

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God Is Calling You Back

Encouragement Today

Today’s message is another simple one. Have you strayed from God?

Did you once believe, but decided to stray away to live your own life?

My friend, it is never to late to return back to the arms of your creator.

God is calling you back.

“”Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Joel 2:12 NIV

If this message is for you today, will you listen? Will you take the time now, no matter what state of mind you are in to return back to Him?

God’s message is clear! Simply follow, simply listen!

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Stand Firm On Your Truth

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Today’s Encouragement is inspired by my daughter’s latest medical hardship.

I have taken her to Urgent Care two times in the past four days for help with her mega migraines.

Her first trip went better than her second one. The first doctor has a better understanding of what migraines are and how severe Kiddo’s can be, however today’s wasn’t as sympathetic. I suspect she may lack an understanding of how debilitating mega migraines are and does not understand how bad they are for my daughter.

It is my hope and prayer today’s difficult day will inspire and encourage you to know if you are standing on solid truth, it will not matter what any one else will think about you.

Today’s quote came from our experience at the doctor’s office.

“Standing on truth allows you to always know you are right, no matter what anyone else believes.” 

I am not sure how much today’s doctor believed Kiddo was in the pain she was in, but as I write tonight for tomorrow, I can sit here knowing in my heart that it does not matter what she believes or does not believe, we know the truth. We know how debilitating these migraines are and how her other chronic illnesses affect her migraines and at the end of the day that is all that matters.

Today’s encouragement and motivation is this same truth for you. It does not matter what others believe. It only matters what you know as truth. 

Stand firm on the knowledge of your truth and do not let the lack of other’s understanding sway you in what you believe.

Your truth is all that matters at the end of the day. 

 

 

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Listen To The Things You Can’t Hear

Listen To The Things You Can’t Hear

I just love the power and strength A.A. Milne puts into Pooh Bear’s words. They are so simplistic, but yet so profound.

God does the same thing. Not all of His words are complicated. When He calls us to action, His words are clear and to the point.

Today is a day which God calls us to rest.

““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

He wants you to take the time to unwind, breathe and to take your burdens and heavy hearts to Him allowing Him to carry them for you. Once you free yourself of your trials and hardships then you will able to sit back and enjoy the silence.

As Pooh Bear says, “Listen to all the things you can’t hear.”

When you allow yourself to “rest” you will be able to hear the silence you couldn’t hear before.

Have you ever gone for a walk or hiking in the woods and just listened to the quietness around you? There is such beauty in this. There are chirping birds through out the trees. Some are faint while others can be louder, but when combined create beautiful music.

Have you ever stood back and listened to the rustling of the leaves in the trees. There is something calming about this sound.

As you continue to walk and listen you can hear the rustling of the little creatures moving about the ground and the trees. There is something majestic about this sound. God created this beauty for us to enjoy, but if we never allow ourselves to “rest” we will never hear the sounds God created for us.

If a nature walk isn’t your place of refuge how about going to a water front. Have you ever just listened to the peacefulness of the waves washing up along the beach, or the flowing of the water down a peaceful river or stream?  There is such majesticness to watching and listening to this.

In addition to the peacefulness of listening and watching the water flow, have you ever taken the time to notice there is a calming smell to it as well? Only when you clear your mind of your heavy burdens does God allow you to use all your senses to truly feel, hear, and smell all of these around you.

Sssssssh, slow down, quiet yourself, clear your mind today and allow yourself to hear the quietness all around.

Lastly, consider one more area in your life to find your ultimate true resting place. It is found in one simple word, forgiveness.

Forgive yourself of what you carry as a heavy burden.

God tells us to remove the sin from our lives and don’t allow it back in  once it has been removed.

After it’s removal, you are forgiven. Don’t pick it back up, leave it in the hands of God because He has wiped your slate clean.

This cleanliness is freeing and allows you a peacefulness, which only God can create, which is required to truly “rest”.

God says it, we believe it, now live it!

“… if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.

You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.

Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.

You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.”

‭‭Job‬ ‭11:14-19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

My friend, it is my prayer that you are able to find your place of peacefulness and forgiveness so you can truly find the peace you need to truly “rest”.

Try it today.

Allow God to work in your life so you can hear, “… the things you can not hear”. Listen with your heart my friend and bask in God’s presence today. When you do He will give you the “rest” you need to carry on in your life.