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This, of course, is an extreme example. You can fill it with whatever experience you’ve had but the result is the same. Tremendous impact, nonetheless.
Most trauma is so deep that memories are buried but impact is still registered which keeps many of us running away from our past with a vengeance and many times, it’s that running that turns our lives inside out.
I want to establish, in this week’s devotional the truth that trauma and abuse mark us even as new creations, and it’s God’s desire to heal and bring wholeness to us. Part of that wholeness, however, is accepting the whole of our lives including the traumas and with God’s healing, we learn to honor and celebrate our story even with those parts.
This is possible because then our story becomes His story in us and that is what makes it worth celebrating. We honor ourselves by acknowledging what happened to us and how it has marked us. Acknowledgement brings freedom and I’m going to touch on that next week.