Thank you for hanging out with me! From day to day you never know what life will throw at you. And it will often be this way in my blog as well :) But lest RUN WILD and LIVE FREE in this amazing adventure together!
Happy Sunday everyone. I have to admit that Sunday's never use to be one of my favorite days. For many years it was like "UGH do I have to go to church" (growing up more so than as an adult) and then even the past handful of years we would always say the night before "so....we going to church tomorrow?". Like we wanted to go .....yet didn't. That has all changed over the last few months for us. To the point where I often will feel, if I am at a dog show or out of town for something, that I am missing a vital part to my week. It is a wonderful feeling. There was NOTHING wrong with our past church. Just was time for us as a family to move on and try something new. One of our goals this year was to get Jayden to actually LIKE going to church. And it happened! He will ask, with excitement, if we are going.
This weeks topic was forgiveness. And before the message even started I was saying to myself, I hope the idea of Forgiving is forgetting is brought up! I have always struggled with that. I am not sure if it came from my home church or where it came from exactly, but I always felt that if you forgave and truly forgave you then FORGOT the issue. And gosh did I struggle with this. To the point of wondering "why can't I forgive?" Then the light bulb went on this morning.......I AM Forgiving when I tell people I have forgiven them!
Here are a couple of my key take-away:
-Forgiveness is not approving of what happened
-Forgiveness is not forgetting! (please listen to my video below to hear the longer thought behind this).
-Forgiveness is not ceasing to feel the pain
But forgiveness DOES allow us freedom. Sometimes we have to keep forgiving even the one action that happened as there are things that remind us of that time, action, or situation and we have to choose to forgive again. But ultimately the end justice is in God's hands.
There are more ideas of what Forgiveness is and is not in my video below. Please take a look and let me know your thoughts! I would also love to share with you the link to the full message if you would like it. Please also feel free to leave me comments on there.
Ephesians 4: 31-32 "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."