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Hope 360 Storyteller – Kaylie Lindsay
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips…and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
6 Then one of the 6-winged seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand… 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, your sin is atoned for, and you are made perfectly clean”.
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me”.
“We aren’t prisoners to our issues because of Jesus, but we have a choice; either we can expose our issues, or our issues will expose us… And there will be a time when one or the other will be exposed”. – Carl Lentz
There is a common and popular modern-day saying that states “the greatest injustice we can do someone is to remain silent”. As Martin Luther once said, “there comes a time when silence is betrayal”. I think the same thing can be said about ourselves. The choice to fight battles alone to avoid shame and uncomfortability is doing a complete disservice. In fact, fighting a battle alone is, I believe, the greatest injustice we can do ourselves. Keeping silent in a season of devastation and mourning is the greatest injustice we could ever do ourselves.
“Live a life that is not about you”. I think learning to do that is the first step to really fighting with other people on your side.
Sexual abuse is something that no one ever plans to experience. It’s something that torments, haunts, controls, and maneuvers every situation in order to make the one who experienced it feel more and more like a victim and less and less like a child of God. It has the potential to destroy all that is healthy and good. 1 year ago today I fell victim to trap.
How easy it is to assume that hiding something in your heart and throwing away the key is the easiest way to cope. The Lord tells us, though, when a man falls alone, he is in trouble.
For a while, I believed that being numb was better. Actually, it’s what I wanted to believe. And I kept perfectly silent for six months because of it. I didn’t speak up until a good friend said to me “be on guard, the devil doesn’t attack who you are, but who you are becoming”.
Unexpected sorrows and unexpected joys; seemingly overbearing struggles, but uncompromising victories. I’ve learned that you cannot combat sin with sin, and that His love always speaks a better word. October 2014, your burdens and your barriers and your mistakes have nothing on me. I choose this year to praise you and honor you as a Great I Am not the Great I Do. Let me be so lost in who You are that it would cease to matter what I have to face on my way to eternity with you.
My daddy once told me the that disappointment requires looking back into your past. But God will never pull from your past in order to produce present guilt. Sometimes the situations we create for selves can cause permanent damage, but by Gods grace – His perfect, never-ending and continuous grace – the damage is never lasting.
“We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated; we do not know what to do, but we will not give up the hope of living; we are persecuted, But God will never leave us; we are often times hurt, but we are never destroyed”.
Therefore, let the same-old same-old be old! Because you’re healing might be one conversation with Jesus away.
Realize this, precious one. NOTHING you are going through right now will return void, because God’s plan NEVER returns void.