I have not met a woman yet that has not tasted rejection and/or needs to forgive someone in their life. So I thought I would re post this.
A few years ago I needed to let go of some internal heart garbage that wanted to poison and lodge.
I grabbed a 5×7 spiral bound notebook. It was loaded with pain filled lines from my life. Two names were repeated. They had left their cuts. I knew it was time to go read this aloud to the Lord, alone, in a surrender exercise.
I coach women all the time to do surrender. When I do life plans surrender is BIG. I believe the more physical of an activity we can do in the surrender OF LETTING GO, the more helpful it is to be able to recall, “I let it go.” It set me free, not to return and pick it back up.
Back to my personal walk. It was a yucky weather day. Grey, rainy, yucky, damp in-between the winter and spring weather. It matched the mood for this mission. The in-between-life. This was not a five minute walk. I had mittens on and Kleenex tucked in my pockets. I wandered down a tree lined wooded path at my dear friend’s property. I knew God would lead me to the exact spot to let it out and let it go.
I whipped out my pen. Folded back the first page of the notebook and I read the lines of my life aloud to the Lord. I chose to pick up a stone and throw it saying, “I choose to forgive.” Line upon line. After ninety minutes the rock pile at my feet was gone. And my heart was FREE. However, the pile across from me was much higher.
Next, I stood and took two larger rocks and threw them hard. They SMACKED. Finished.
I walked around the bend and there was another rock pile. But, this one was in the sunlight. There was growth with green grass. I told God, “I wanted the good stuff in my life like this pile high of it.”
Back at the house my dear friend chuckled when I told her how handy her rock piles came in. She said, “That good rock pile grows yearly; as they add to that from the potato field, after they pick up the stones. The rock pile that you left your wounds and forgiveness on Darlene is dead, as that it is in the shade and there is no growth, and no new rocks are added.”
We read in the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:12, forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. How can I not forgive, when I ask the Lord Himself to forgive me?
Is there anyone in your life you need to forgive?
Take stones or pebbles to a stream, a pond, a lake, and pour out your heart to God and pitch them in the water, letting go. Psalm 62:8
Take a pen and paper, write it all out, and then torch the paper after you read it aloud to God.
If you need to read it to a person that has died, write it and read it at their graveside. Then choose to forgive.
Take helium balloons, speak the pain out loud, and then let go of it.
Take regular balloons and a pin. Blow them up. Then read aloud whatever was done to you, pop it, and choose to forgive.
Do something physical, whether, running, swimming, climbing, jumping rope, yet make it your focus to let go of what is in YOU. It’s a choice. Will you forgive? Then you can go forward in life.
Let me tell you…God has multiplied my life with so many good things.
- My surprise love gift from the Lord, Bill, my husband.
- My business, coaching women, speaking, teaching, writing on the behalf of the needs of women.
- Loving on our children and grandchildren together.
- Peace. JOY. LOVE!
Forever grateful to the Lord! He has answered my prayers of some good things….and continues to do so!
Choose to FORGIVE!