God has done some fantastic MEMORY MAKEOVERs in my life – like the one I just described on Mother’s Day many years ago.
Another example of a healing memory was my first Mother’s Day as a new mom. Because of my background and the tenuous relationship I had with my own mother, I was having problems allowing my family to love and honor me. I found myself succumbing to my old comfy pattern and crying about past hurts…. 🙁
I’m so glad my husband absolutely insisted that he and my daughter honor me that day. Initially I was not able to receive, but somehow I knew he was right and went along for the ride. Wow! Every year I now look forward to the family fun we now have on Mother’s Day. We always do something wonderful like go to the beach or some amusing activity.
Reflecting back, I believe God showed me a redemptive pattern to replace bitter memories with new ones. Little by little, God replaced unhealthy thoughts with good ones, old patterns with new, and curses with blessings. He sent me a healing prayer team (through PRMI) that pointed me to Jesus who healed my hurts. He even sent me healing prayer friends to pray with me at my local church.
I believe Jesus has some memory makeovers for you too – if you’ll give Him a chance. Here are some practical steps for your healing walk:
- Recognize you have a problem and get real with God.
- Invite Jesus into your problem. Tell Him how you feel and ask Him what He wants to do about it.
- Listen closely to Jesus and what He has to say. Sometimes He talks through His word, circumstances or even people.
- Cooperate with Jesus and be willing to do whatever He says. God will use people who love you to help you.
- Trust God is helping you, have fun and enjoy the journey.
All you have to do is take that first step in faith. Like my decision to let my family love me on Mother’s Day, you too can decide to take a healing walk IN CHRIST. Simply allow God to reveal the root problem of your hurts. Then, ask Jesus to replace that big lie with His truth and start walking with some praying friends.
With God’s help, it was all done in the power of God’s love with people who loved me. Once I stepped out, I can honestly say it wasn’t that hard. In fact, it was sort of easy, and I definitely wish I had done it sooner. While I still have those past memories, they no longer hold the same power.
So can God redeem bitter memories? Absolutely!
He specializes in the MEMORY MAKEOVER business!
I know I’ll be having a happy Mother’s Day. 🙂 Wishing you one too!