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New Life Daily Devotion - May 4

  • 2022 May 04


This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. - Deuteronomy 30:19


A friend of mine recently shared that something triggered a very painful memory from her childhood. She tried to pretend it didn’t hurt anymore, but the tears welled up within her. The more she attempted to suppress the reality of what she was feeling, the more it began to devour her from her previous state of serenity.


She began to journal about her feelings and realized that it was time to grieve that part of her life and the loss of what never was and never will be. She realized it was time to grieve it, accept it and move on.


She was left with two choices: Remain stuck in the pain and allow it to begin to suck her back down into a pit of darkness, or allow God to heal and comfort her; to draw close to him for what she needed. She experienced a wonderful realization . . . the choice was hers! Not her husband’s, not her kid’s, not her parents’, not her neighbor’s, not her friend’s, not her pastor’s . . . it was her choice.


She put it this way, “I don’t know about any one else, but I am tired of hurting and allowing my past hurts and disappointments to be my focus and to consume me. I desire to walk in wholeness, to get well and to be free from the chains that have held me captive and prisoner all my life.”  


Make your choice. Chose life today!


“Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” - Ann Landers (1918-2002)


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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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