The Authors of Writes of Passage

The Authors of Writes of Passage

Friday, June 12, 2009

Healing and a New Journey

Last weekend I attended a New Life Ministries weekend seminar in Denver. It was so rewarding and refreshing. If you are dealing with grief, depression, anxiety, anger, body image, and so many other issues, New Life has a wonderful weekend of counseling and laughter.

Stephen Arterburn is an incredible man with a heart for healing and encouragement. He put together Women of Faith and New Life Ministries just to name a couple of things. He loves God and his focus on healing, forgiving and surrender was amazing.

One thing really impacted me. He said:
Whatever you bury - you bury alive - and you have to feed it.

Wow. That really hit me. When I think of the painful things I've buried and fed over the years I can truly start to see the damage it's done. I think sometimes we convince ourselves that burying the pain, sorrow and frustration is the best thing we can do. We wrap ourselves up in that old adage "forgive and forget", but Steve said no. We definitely forgive, but forgetting and not learning from the mistakes or situation just makes us foolish. I found great liberty in that statement. After years of Satan standing as an accuser whispering in my ear, "Hey you're remembering so that means you didn't really forgive," I'm glad to know otherwise. I was steeped in thoughts that because "God remembers our sins no more for his own sake" that I needed to do likewise to emulate God.

But, I'm not God. (Okay I hear the snickering out there.) But don't we often beat ourselves up and let Satan wound us over and over by making us believe that we've failed to live up to what we're supposed to be?

I want to encourage you today to heal - to unbury those things you've become slave to - to let God start you on a new journey.

PS: My daughter Jen and I also brought home influenza from Denver and would appreciate your prayers.


  1. How exciting you got to attend New Life Ministries. All I have heard about it wets my appetite to go. Your words resonate in my heart as I think of all the times I have allowed satan's lies to keep me from moving forward after forgiveness. Wow! Thanks so much. Our God is bigger than all those lies and He wants us to free. PTL! Father, I ask You this moment to touch Jen and Tracie and heal them of the bug that has permeated their bodies. (And all others that contacted it at the New Life Ministries). Give them complete health and restoration. Let them be a light for You on this wonderful day that You have given us. AMEN! COnnie Sue

  2. Tracie,
    Thank you for sharing. It really confirmed some things in my heart.
    Get well and feel better!
    In His Mercy and Grace,

  3. Thanks for sharing some of what you learned with us, Tracie. I needed every smidgen of it.

    I'll be praying you and Jen are well VERY soon. ~Judy

  4. Satan has done me that way, I have 2 problem daughter-in-law that stay mad at our side of the family always and no matter who they are mad at it all falls onto me. I have told satan to get behind me that I belong to Jesus, then I forget and get hurt again. But satan only wins if we don't turn to Jesus.

  5. Your comment about letting Satan wound us over and over by making us believe that we've failed to live up to what we're supposed to be really hit me. Thank you for sharing your heart! I really needed to read that. Blessings and get well soon!


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