Why is it so important to forgive?
One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was forgive someone. I’m talking about the times when someone hurts you deeply, and they refuse to admit that they’ve done anything wrong.
I went to someone who had hurt me in a big way. It took a couple of years before I was ready to forgive her. I finally went to her home and told her that I’d forgiven her. By the time I was finished, tears rolled down my cheeks, and my arms were wrapped around her.
She stood stiffly in front of me. She didn’t return my hug. She did nothing. She could have been a statue.
I released her from my hug, and didn’t say anything more about it.
Later, God told me three things I will never forget.
1. That I did what He had told me to do.
2. That forgiveness is for me, not the other person.
3. And that now He can forgive me of my sins.
Please remember that there are several reasons why we forgive and the first is because God tells us to! Two weeks later, she was died. If I hadn’t followed God, I would have spent the rest of my life bound to that unforgiveness. Thank you, Lord!
Next week, I will finish the topic of Forgiveness.
Is there someone you need to forgive? Pray about it. However, don’t wait too long!
Why I started writing?
Five years ago, I had a story playing in my head. I wrote it down, rewrote it, again and again. It’s a Young Adult fantasy, about a Tirwine named Sa’dora. She’s part of a team that’s dedicated their lives to protecting humans.
You know how it is when you see something new, different—such as purple potatoes. I didn’t want to eat them. I knew I wouldn’t like them, but wanted to look brave. Or it’s like hopping into a helicopter for the first time, certain you’ll get sick.
I ate the purple potatoes and loved them—they’re soaked in an eggplant mixture then baked. I survived the helicopter, actually; I love riding in them—I’ve been on two outings over the islands of Oahu and Kauai. The same applies to writing. The more I write, the I more love it.
However, I want to be honest. I believe God gave me the story. He had something to say. He wants people to understand His unconditional love. You see God made each of us different. He has loved each of us from the beginning of time.
God is my inspiration, my guide, and my Savior. In my book, The Tirwine, Sa’dora not only comes to understand Lord Liffrea’s love for her in her head, but also in her heart. He reminded her that she can’t earn His love, because He gave it to her as a gift.
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
What does our self-talk have to do with the Grand Canyon?
I remember the first time I heard about self-talk. I was trying to explain to a friend how I felt. She put her hand on my arm and said something that I’ll never forget. “Dee, your self-talk is very negative, and it’s dragging you down.” I had no idea what she was talking about.
She explained that self-talk is the inner dialogue we have with ourselves, both the true, positive talk and the negative lies. The problem with it is that most of us tell ourselves negatives and they are lies, but we accept them as truth. No matter who spoke the lie first, we latched on to it.
Zeke B., a friend from church, once said, “The road of life is loaded with potholes. We don’t need to make our relationships harder by filling the potholes with negative self-talk. He added that if we have too much negative self-talk, they can cause divisions between you and your loved ones the size of the Grand Canyon.
Zeke is right. Our self-talk does affect how we respond to others. For example: if a person believes the lie that they are not good enough but a failure; they’ll repeat it through their self-talk, until they expect to be rejected. They ‘read’ everything that others say or do through the lens of rejection.
The good news is that since negative self-talk is learned, it can also be unlearned. With awareness, preplanning and time, our negative self-talk will become the good, true, positive self-talk that we deserve.
Take a few moments to think about your own self-talk. If it’s mostly true, positive, and up-lifting, then you have a healthy self-perception. However, if the majority of your self-talk is negative, take an honest look at yourself, or ask a trusted friend these questions:
* What are my strengths?
* What lies do I believe?
* What is the truth?
Now replace the negative self-talk with true, positive thoughts. But remember, it took time to accept the lies, just as it’ll take time for the lies to become truth based positive self-talk. Bridge the Grand Canyon with what is true, honest, encouraging, and pure.
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