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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My love for edamame is now over

I fixed myself edamame for lunch. I added tuna and a few sun chips to the plate. Healthy and yummy right? I ate one or two edamame a few bites of my tuna and as I went to pick up another edamame  I couldn't finish it. I thought to myself I love these. As I sat dumb founded I remembered the last time I had eaten those were the night I came down with the horrible puke virus a few weeks ago. I had attached that virus with the very taste of the edamame and I no longer wanted it. So I put them in a bag for my kids to eat later. Our senses are so fascinating to me.  Because we can take something we have seen, heard or tasted and attach it to something that stirs either pleasant or unpleasant and sometimes horrifying memories. Just like with me I attached a bad memory aka throwing my guts up with the taste of what use to be my favorite snack. The enemy uses the senses to gain control and to attack in those vulnerable moments with the hopes of making you feel shame and guilt. I work with teenage girls who have been rescued from human trafficking and their triggers are things such as pizza places, white sheets, to smells of cologne and for me those are normal things but to them its a horrific nightmare.  I pray for the day they no longer see images that haunt them. I
believe God can and will not recondition but make NEW those places of shame for not only them but also for those of who you are reading this who walk in constant regret.  I was thinking about my dad the other day and I thought and thought of my last memory that I had of him and sadly I can't bring up any other image beside the one of him laying lifeless in the hospital bed. That image is forever burned in my brain and it makes so sad.  Every time I return to the hospital which is hardly ever that's the first thought always. When  I hear certain songs or see certain things that image is what I see.   I recently began praising God in moments where pain surfaces or guilt moved in to my mind because I know that the Creator of the universe wants to set the captives free.  For some of you it's a sound, a smell or just driving by something that stirs things in you & today I pray that God pours new thoughts into your head and into your heart to counteract the enemies plan to keep you from walking in the redemption He has for you.  Today choose to see God first before any other thing in your path. I am reminded in Psalm 34:8 that God wants you to use your senses to gain more intimacy & security in Him. It says this "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him."  Today don't hide from the shadows of your past instead take refuge.  Gods love for you is lavish it heals, redeems and what the enemy meant for bad God will make good! Be set free today! 

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