Taken

Our subjective experience doesn’t always align with what really happens. What we experience & remember — not reality itself — determines our mindset. That is, until we encounter another mind-changing experience.

I was born a blue-eyed blonde who was the apple of her daddy’s eye. But shortly before I turned 3, my mom packed her friend’s car with some essential belongings & left town with my older brother and me … while my dad was at work. He had no idea what was coming. None of us did.

All these years later, I still find myself telling people that my dad left me. I still have a hard time connecting with the fact that I was actually taken from him. Because the result was profound. An indelible imprint on my personality & my self-concept.

Self-Assessment

  • What life event has had the greatest impact on your self-concept?
  • What was that impact & how is it still affecting how you do life & love?
  • How is The Holy Spirit helping you overcome any negative mindset you’ve been carrying with you?

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    & release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    & the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    & provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
& a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair. ISAIAH 61:1b-3a

“Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.” REVELATION 21:5

Lessons Learned

“Some people are in your life for a season. Others are in your life for a reason. Only Jesus is in your life for its duration. The former chapter has ended. Let go of what was & what might have been, then focus on the chapter you’re in now. Write your story in partnership with the Holy Spirit & watch your life become more beautiful than you ever imagined it could be.” – Dr. Debi Smith Continue reading