The Upper Room 12 May 2022 Thursday Devotional | I Am Here, Not There
Read and Meditate on Today’s The Upper Room Thursday Daily Devotional 12th May 2022, written by Thomas Blanton. God bless you as you study His Word today!
THE UPPER ROOM 12 MAY 2022 DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR THURSDAY
TODAY’S TOPIC: I AM HERE, NOT THERE
Victoria Walsh (Montana, USA)
With God I can move beyond the negative memories that limit my life.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. – Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)
While straightening up a few bottles and jars on my bathroom counter one morning, I found myself lost in a memory of a bathroom in an apartment I had rented when I was young. It wasn’t a happy memory, and my mood started sinking. But then I said to myself, “I’m not there, thank God.” And the memory evaporated, to my great relief.
For a long time, I fought a losing battle with bad memories. They entered my mind like a train I couldn’t stop. Once they were there, I was caught up in a vortex, wrestling disturbing emotions, overanalyzing, and futilely trying to redo events. But lately the Lord has been showing me simple ways to give these intrusions to God.
Just saying something like, “Thank you, Jesus, that I’m here and not there,” or, “Praise you that my life is so much better now, God,” stops the memory and brings me back to the present. After so many years of struggle, I’m amazed and delighted to be able to replace the bad memories of the past with God’s refreshing love and blessings in my life today. I am reminded that the Lord has set me free (see Jn. 8:36).
Dear God, thank you for helping us bear our burdens and for breathing new hope into us. Amen.
Those burdened by past events
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