Inside: Many of us get stuck in our past or the way our families have been. With God, we can start anew which means letting go of the past. We have a new start!
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These words have been running on repeat in my mind since I was a little girl.
Every difficult event in my life has been woven around these five little words.
Small words, but they have sucker-punched my heart and mind too many times.
As I’ve lived my life, I had to hold everything together for fear that these five words would come to fruition.
So I’ve tried to control situations, and in the midst of holding tight onto everything, I have become riddled with anxiety.
Not just a nervous stomach, but life-altering anxiety which has caused many a sleepless night, fear of driving, and my purpose to be hidden deep.
Not to mention; anxiety likes to isolate me and make me feel like I was the only one dealing with fears and lies
My first instinct is to get frustrated with God and ask Him why I’m suffering.
The longer the anxiety lasts, the angrier I get with God; I mean I’m spending time in the Word, going to church, and praying. What gives?!?
Why am I bound and gagged with tension and panic when I’m your child, God?
Anxiety Isn’t My Story
What I’m learning is: even when I’m anxious, God can use me, and He can work within me.
- My fear tells me I’m a hopeless case.
- My anxiety says: you’ll always be like this.
Just because I’m anxious doesn’t mean the story is over. God has a better story, one He will use with the hard things in my life.
Are you grappling with anxiety?
What lies have you believed for too long?
Letting Go of the Past
Anxiety has been a part of my family’s history for as long as I can remember.
Alcoholism, suppressing feelings, and being cynical have all been ways to deal with the anxiety. Most experts would probably say I was destined to suffer from anxiety; it’s in my genes.
Sometimes these labels stick. Someone else labels us, and we think this is our destiny, and God could never change that.
Here’s the truth: while there might be a propensity for experiencing anxiety, it will not be my life’s story.
Right now I am putting a stake in the ground and declaring that I’m am breaking the stronghold on anxiety for my kids and grandkids.
I am leaving a legacy behind.
Today is a rebirth, and a new heirloom will be passed on to future generations in my family.
Fear and anxiety have been broken; they will not rule my life any longer. God is working in my life.
What generational traits are being passed down to you?
You are not who your family is/was.
God creates things new. Labels and words placed on us don’t need to remain stuck to us.
17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become anew person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Your Past Isn’t Your Story
Anxiety, divorce, addiction, abuse are all things you might have experienced, but they don’t have the say once you ask God to work in yourlife.
Corrie ten Boom experienced the Holocaust death camps as a young Jew. Experts might have said that due to the abuse she suffered, she would be bitter, hateful and maybe even drown her sorrows in something that would lessen the pain she experienced.
Corrie ten Boom didn’t follow any of these paths. She forgave her captors, set up a rehabilitation center for the Dutch who collaborated with the German Nazis, and spent her life speaking and writing about the goodness of God.
Fear and anxiety could have kept her bound in a stronghold, but her time spent suffering was a rebirth into a new purpose for Corrie.
God Creates New Creations
Our situations might feel like we will never break free from the current strongholds we’re facing, but God, He creates things and remakes them.
We don’t need to fear the future or the generational traits we think have a hold on us. God is in the business of taking those hard thingsand using them for His purpose.
Today I know that such memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. I know that the experiences of our
lives,when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work he will give us to do. ~Corrie ten Boom
Merry Christmas to you my reader! I will be taking some time off with my family but will return in the New Year!
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