This week we are preparing for our weekend retreat. At this point in our journey we have gone through so many emotions. Self-hatred, anger, forgiveness, shame, regret, pain (to name a few).
This is always my favorite part of the journey. It is truly where healing begins and we shed the skin of our former self and become the women we were meant to be. Healthy and whole.
We exchange our failures, pain, and shame for God’s purpose, love and restoration. I think most importantly we are given permission to grieve. We grieve all that we lost and because it was our choice we don’t feel like we have that right. But we do. We need to grieve.
We replace the lies that we were told, lies that we have told ourselves with God’s truth. A complete transformation.
The Great Exchange!
Isaiah 61: 1-4,7
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion —
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
they will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations
Instead of their shame
my people will received a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
they will rejoice in their inheritance;
and so they will inherit a double portion in their land,
and everlasting joy will be theirs.