My daughter and I were texting this morning and out of my fingertips came these words, “Everyone needs to face their giant.”
I’ve had a few giants in my lifetime and I know you have too, if you’re human! Life is chock-full of hard things. Sometimes, hard people.
Many years ago I had a few Goliath’s to defeat. People who had deeply hurt me. I got out my
slingshot and 5 smooth stones! Translate: notecards and pen!
I was very specific with my words – I did not beat around the bush. I described the pain they had caused me and I told them that I had forgiven them.
Every note was different and intentional. I sealed the envelopes, placed a postage stamp, and mailed. As I dropped those cards into the receptacle I prayed and asked the Lord to heal my heart in order for me to move on. The grace was there for me.
God is quite amazing. When we walk in obedience – doing those things He impresses upon us to do – He will extend the grace to us to do it. He will never ask us to be mean or seek vengeance – THAT isn’t His M.O.
Every note I wrote was specific and written in the most un-hurtful way possible.
That simple exercise – that simple act of obedience – set me free.
When David went out and slayed Goliath? He did what he normally did to remove an attack. This time the attacker just happened to be a mighty giant – yet David used the tools God had granted him grace to use.
My slingshot was my pen – filled with grace and wisdom from my good, good Father. So, perhaps this Christmas season the greatest gift you can give someone is forgiveness. Funny thing is – the giver is always the most blessed!
Go slay some giants and feel the freedom!
IT SETS US FREE. AMEN.
Ali Battersby says
How does it go? ……
“Forgiveness is a gift that sets a person free…and that person is you”….
(The one who forgives.)
Wishing you a blessed Christmas
Amen, Ali. SAME TO YOU AND GARO. xo
Tammy Mashburn says
Get your weapons out. xo
Peggy Occhiuzzo says
Classic Celebrate Recovery! Forgive. Face your Giants and oh my goodness back “then”? I had a lot to deal with for sure. But I did, even wrote my ex and asked for his forgiveness in whatever I had done to cause us to divorce. Bitterness, Resentment, Revenge is not good for humans. We are the ones who get stinky and wounded by it.
For 2019? Write some cards! Even postcards can bear a message of forgiveness. Even the hardest will bring you peace. And remember just because you ask for forgiveness doesn’t mean you have to have dinner with the one you are forgiving!
Merry Christmas….Peace for 2019 My Word
You are asking / giving forgiveness — not asking to be their new best friend. AMEN.
So very good, my friend! (And so very true!)
Hey…I think you and I are normally “in agreement!”
Yes! Yes! Thank you honey, this is so very True, It’s not easy, but with Our Lord Help we can be valiant. Im sharing honey
Valiant and Victorious. Ooh, I like it.
Mary Geisen says
Thank you for this call to face our giants. I love how forgiveness leads to freedom. Amen.
It does every time!
Merry Geary says
Great read and idea! Enjoy your time with friends and family. Don’t have a new address for you. Hugs
Hey Mer’ – I’ll send in email. xo
Your slingshot continues to be your pen (or computer). It is the instrument the Lord has given you to speak truth in love to women near and far — friends/sisters you’ll likely never meet this side of Heaven.
I am so grateful for your obedience. Every day when I open Pruned and other days as well.
Thank you Shelby. I am itching to write about this trip. I believe it’s going to be a “picture book” with lots of words. xo