When Painful Memories Won’t Heal

 
when painful memories won't heal
How do you handle the painful memories of a broken relationship? It’s especially difficult when you still have friends in common that think it’s their obligation to give you updates whenever you see them. Maybe they don’t understand that it’s like throwing salt on an open wound. Maybe they don’t understand how difficult it is to process the information. Maybe they don’t understand that the devil uses that opportunity to drag up old memories again. Years ago, in the wake of a broken relationship, I was reading Proverbs 4 when verses 14-15 leap out at me. “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.” That’s when the Lord told me not to even drive down the street that housed one of our favorite hangouts. Why would God tell me that? Because He knew that every time I went down that street it made me remember the times we spent together. He knew I needed a season of time to let my memories heal. He knew that if I starved my mind from entertaining memories of our romance that eventually my mind would heal and my soul would be healthy again. What we feed grows and what we starve dies. Today I can go down that street because the wounds of my past have healed, but when they are fresh, memories rehearsed too soon cause the wound to fester again. If you struggle in this area, protect your heart. Ask the Lord what He wants you to do to put a guard around your heart. He knows you intimately and wants you to completely heal. He knows the wisdom and strategy that will completely restore your soul.
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2 Responses to When Painful Memories Won’t Heal

  1. Jacqueline Conlin March 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    I am unable to download the e-book. It says 404 not found. Pleaese advise me as to what I can do to fix this or is it something on your end.

    Thank you

  2. Kelly June 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Such a wonderful reminder of what to feed and starve! Lovely to see such wise words supported by scripture. I look forward to checking out more of your blog posts!

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