Five Minute Friday {Visit}

4188-oWelcome to Five Minute Friday to where us bloggers are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing.

No editing or backtracking. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours. Set the timer and write away! Stop at the 5 minute mark no matter where you are!

 

Today’s Five minute Friday word is {VISIT}

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Since beginning therapy almost 8 years ago now, a huge part of the healing work has been about “visiting the past to heal” . . . but the key to that healing work is learning how to “not” stay in the past, but use that healing as a way to live today.

It took me a long long time to learn that, because sometimes when you push your painful past so far away, visiting it again to heal sometimes brings you back to where you can’t leave. A part of the work has been about learning to go there, heal the wounds, heal the pain, talk about the hurt, but even more so, coming back to now and being with what is right here and right now.

It’s not always easy! For me, I have had some struggles going to the past and getting stuck there.. its only been through God that he has truly helped me and reminded me where I am and where I belong. He has been the supporter of my healing.

Its only when I truly allowed myself and God to go with me to the past and heal, that I can find my way back a little easier each time.

It’s true .. the past is a place to visit and heal, but certainly not a place to stay. The path always goes forward, not backwards. A part of my healing has been about how visiting the past and healing those wounds can make going forward more hopeful filled with life and joy that God wants me to see and be.

Now, 8 years later into my healing, I have learned how to go back, be with what is there, and use that as my steps forward – the path that is meant to be mine. Every day it gets a little easier .. and someday I will be able to look back and know the past is completely a place to visit, but right here is where I truly belong.

11 comments

  1. Forward should be so easy. I find myself visiting the past way too often to say “what if.” Thank you for reminding me to visit, but not stay.

    Hugs,
    Melinda
    (visiting from FMF)

  2. Yes, going back to those painful parts of our past can be oh so hard. Glad to hear that the Lord has been helping. May He continue to grant sufficient grace. Thanks for writing and linking up!

    1. Hi Kate! thank you for stopping by … thank you for choosing a word that I struggle with that also helps to heal through writing :) you really choose words that make you think … :)

  3. So often I ignore the past and push forward, but lately I’ve been asking the Lord to bring back memories of the past so I can prayerfully work through them and encourage others through them. Scary, but trusting that He will provide. Praying for you, Karen, as you process your mom’s passing and all that has happened in your past as well. You’re not alone!

    1. Hi .. I think it’s great that you have asked God to take you somewhere that is a hard place to visit and to remain with you so that you can work through them.. that is courageous and hopeful at the same time. thank you for your prayers, that means a lot to me that I have people who really get the struggle and still remain to have hope for me .. thank you!

  4. There is so much hard-fought-for truth here, my friend! So proud of you for doing the hard work to find healing… for learning how to go back, in order to move forward! Great post!

    1. Hi Karrileea.. thank you so much for visiting … thank you for your kind words :) it’s nice to know I have people who really understand the hard work in my healing … I appreciate it.

  5. Hey! It sounds like you have had a lot of pain in your past, i have too. It is so true that we can’t live there and it is so hard sometimes to come back to the present, but with God it becomes easier, actually for me, I know without God i wouldn’t still be here to share my story. I am so happy you are able to share your journey as well. (((hugs)))

    1. thank you Marisa… I agree… I truly believe God has lit the path for me all these years while healing .. thank you for stopping by and commenting … :) its nice to know I am not alone.

  6. Karen Beth, thank you for sharing this with our FMF community. Visits to the past have been hard for me as well so thank you for the encouragement on what that can and has looked like in your life.

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