If you came over from Encouragement for Today, welcome! We are in an Adventure series titled 21 Days to Moving Past What You Cannot Change. It’s been powerful so far, and I am throwing open the door and inviting you in to join us around the table today. ~ Suzie
I am rich.
I am not rich because of the pennies, nickels and dimes I collect in a jar in the cupboard. It’s not measured by the recent bills that came in and wait to be paid. It’s not my bank account, and it’s not my paycheck.
I am rich because I am whole — all because of Jesus.
If you had asked me if that were possible years ago, I would have said that it is possible. Anything is possible, right? But I may have also shared why it would be so hard to find my way there. I didn’t walk around with an obvious wound, but it showed up in a hundred different ways. The primary symptom was feeling stuck by what I could not change.
I could not make myself feel strong.
I could not make myself feel secure.
I could not erase my past.
I could not feel comfortable in my own skin.
As I write those words, I rejoice because I am strong. I am secure. My past is not erased, but it’s simply a chapter in my story. I am comfortable in my own skin. I’d love to sit with my old self and tell her that it’s possible to move past those things we cannot change, and that every part of the process matters.
In today’s Encouragement for Today devotion, I shared the day I discovered I was rich.
This was a key part of the “moving forward” process.
I was sitting across from an old friend. She started telling a story about the Suzie she used to know, and it felt weird. Like I was listening to a story about a stranger. It was me, but the old me. It was my past, but it wasn’t my present nor my future.
That day I was reminded of how far God had brought me.
Why do we forget to celebrate?
I think that we sometimes forget to measure that, or see how priceless it is. We are so focused on what we aren’t doing, or how far we have to go, that we fail to acknowledge all the mini-victories we’ve already conquered, with God’s help.
So, I want to pause and do that right now. It’s a nurturing step. We stop beating ourselves up about how far we have to go, to dance in delight over what God has already done.
Pull out your journal. Download this printable to help you get started.
Today we are going to celebrate what God has done (or is doing)!
Day #6 of Moving Past What You Cannot Change
Don’t go one step further in this adventure without taking this step to nurture your heart spiritually. Celebration is key to moving forward.
- Download the printable and get alone with God. Fill it out.
- Read Ephesians 2:6-7; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 2:13.
Q: Being “rich” is not about money, but about the Master’s touch on your life. Would you describe yourself as rich, and why or why not?
Maybe you are struggling with celebrating because you are still in that hard place that feels impossible to move past. Is it possible that God is still doing a work in you, right where you are? It is! No part of our faith journey is wasted.
Which of the three action steps do you sense the Holy Spirit asking you to take today?
I will praise Him for His touch on my life
I will nurture me rather than beat myself up
I will celebrate God’s work in me (despite my circumstances)
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