Holding Back Your Story

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

This post is part of the  “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour” which I am a part of, along with a group of soulful, journeying kindreds. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!  

"Let your heart rest from holding back your story. No more running away. Let God write in the whitespaces, as you face the unknown with him."

For two days in a row I told my story. I am not even sure why. Maybe because they asked questions. Maybe because by telling my story God was telling me I had survived. It was so difficult that I honestly had never come to grips with the enormity of it. Trying to hold it all in and keep it contained only made things worse. You can't restrain pain. It's a savage, hungry animal. Let it go, and you can be at rest.

The stories filled with pain, betrayal, shame, or hurt are the ones we want to hold back. No one wants to hear a downer of a story. The problem? When you hold the story back, it holds you back. The only way to free yourself is to be open and honest about what has happened. By dealing with your story head on you can let it go and move on.  

It's called a "deal and drop".  Deal with the enormity of it. Process the emotions. Then drop it {Let. It. Go.}

I now can face the unknown with Him because He has written in the whitespaces of my life. He has written my story and so I move forward. There is peace in knowing that all works together for my good and His glory.  There is rest in knowing that if He brought me through THAT, He can bring me through anything. He can be trusted. He has proven His faithfulness time and again.

Are you struggling with your story? Are you holding it back? Give it a voice. Deal with it head on so you can move on.

If you are struggling with finding peace and rest in God and what has happened in your life may I suggest Bonnie Gray's book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest. In it, Bonnie shares her story and give ideas on how we can rest in Him regardless of our stories.

Bonnie Gray is the writer behind Faith Barista.com who wrote a book about her inspiring, heart-breaking journey to find rest, which garnered Publisher’s Weekly starred review. I’m taking the journey to find rest through this guidebook and invite you to read it too.  You can get a copy HERE.

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