We walk around with burdens….we’d love to be able to shed our feelings of guilt, fear, worry, etc. We have lists and if asked, we’d all love to be free of them. But, I wonder, have they become the actual fabric of who we are? Have they become ‘friends?’
There may be a subconscious need to hold onto these negative forces because releasing them leaves us vulnerable. We know what they are, how much of our energy they demand, how to co-exist, so to speak. Who will I be if I let my fears go?
It’s difficult because releasing them requires us to stand for a bit in the dark, naked and exposed. We need to re-define ourselves. ‘I’m a worrier, that’s who I am’ can’t work anymore.
Sometimes we may have to look hard at ourselves and see how much a part of us our fears, guilt and worry have become. We may have to excise them and that leaves us with open wounds.
It is then that God comes to us-
to receive those so-called ‘friends’
This is so true!
We must snap the chord, the ties, to the negative feelings we cling to, and cling only to Jesus who can heal us from them. 🙂
Well said and very wise as always.
Thanks so much, Jade. Cling to Jesus – now there’s the key!
A very timely message! Thank you.
You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by Lynda!
This is so timely as I just wrote a post about friendships/relationships and letting go.
You hit it right on the nail with your “It’s difficult because releasing them requires us to stand for a bit in the dark, naked and exposed…[but] we need to re-define ourselves.” statement. It’s a tough process, but sometimes we have to do it.
Thank you for sharing…
Yes, it is necessary but so difficult – as you say! Thanks for the visit!
Nicely done, Andie.
YEs, just like when I hear people say, “That’s just how I was raised. What? You can’t change it? Granted not always easy, but possible! Lori
I know Lori, I’ve said that myself. Tough work!
In counselling that is always what you don’t want to hear- that’s me – that’s who I am -believing ourselves damaged beyond repair and finding justification in it.
‘if you want to Lord – you can heal me’
Oh Word, I so love that story…..and the reply, ‘I do want’. That’s the response we all receive!