Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mining For Truth



Like a miner mines for gold we need to mine for truth in our lives.

The truth of who we were created to be by God gets buried underneath the rubble of years and years of lies thrown our way by people-broken people.

Unkind words.

Unkind actions.

Sticks and stones may break our bones but words may never hurt us?

Hardly.

But we can replace the lies with truths and remove our feelings from the past experiences. When we do this we can separate ourselves from the past and how it made us feel. All the shame and regret is now no longer a part of who we are.

I read in Emily Freeman's book, Grace for The Good Girl: "Where there isn't a healing there is a haunting."

Are there any old wounds that haunt you? Do you know, really know that...
  • The past is the past not the present.
  • We are meant to learn from our past not live there. 
  • In the present we can look back to the lessons we learned and know they are now our story, but not our present truths. The past is our story.
  • We are who we are today because of our past.
"There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ." Romans 8:1
The enemy comes to steal our present joy by reminding us of our past mistakes. He wants to kill our dreams by keeping us focused on our lack. He seeks to destroy our future by whispering lies of what we were and never will be.

The wonderful-freeing news is that we get to choose what we will think on. We get to choose what we will believe. And we get to choose who we will serve.

Will it be our past? Or our future? Take some time today and mine for the truths in your own life.

I pray as you think back on your life you will allow God to filter your thoughts and give you a new perspective.  Allow Him to show you how the past can be used for your future!

"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8

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13 comments :

  1. "The wonderful-freeing news is that we get to choose what we will think on. We get to choose what we will believe. And we get to choose who we will serve." Yes, truth is freedom! I love the mining analogy - such a great description..to get past the lies we have to replace them with truth and keep our focus there! Beautiful truth here ~ thank you!

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  2. Alecia,

    What truth this is: "who we were created to be by God gets buried underneath the rubble of years and years of lies." It's so hard to take the past and learn from it and not live there, as you beautifully point out, but it is how God wants us to look forward! These words really resonated with me today and I will be thinking about them . . .and hoping the truth will soak into my heart. Always so much good insight to unpack in your posts! :)

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  3. So thankful God has healed my hurts. Visiting from TWW today!

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  4. I love that passage, Alecia ... kinda halts my whining and complaining, glass-half-empty outlook. Thanks for putting God's Word front and center for us today, friend!

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  5. Rubble and wounds...I know those both well, Alecia. There is power in letting the past stay behind while we run forward with the growth God gifts. Yes...we get to choose what we think on. Oh, to stay fixed on the pure and true. Thank you for this treasure.

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  6. Thank you, Michelle! Have a great day!

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  7. Yes, I need remind myself of these truths often. Praying they will sink down deep into both of our hearts.

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  8. I can get the glass-half-empty outlook too, especially if I let my thoughts dwell on the past. Thanks for always being here.

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  9. Such power and freedom when we choose to move forward with God. Good to see you, Tiffany.

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  10. KristinHillTaylorMay 15, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Good stuff, Alecia! And I love that whole chapter of Philippians!

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  11. Love it! We sure do get to choose!

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  12. Hi Alecia,

    I haven't read this one by Freeman, but I loved her "A Million Little Ways" book. So freeing and exciting.

    It's nice to be here again. :)

    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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