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its-not-your-past-that-defines-youNo matter how hard I try, there is nothing I can do with absolute perfection. The fact is, I am very much a failure. I’ve messed up countless of times. I fall short constantly, and I never measure up. I am a broken person in need of a lot of help. I let fear and worry control the way I think and feel. I am filled with so much negativity. And you want to know my biggest and most serious flaw? What holds me back the most is that I believe the lies of the devil. This is all true about me, and maybe I am not the only one who is a broken person. Maybe you are struggling with things too (or maybe it’s just me) but just know we don’t have to dwell on the fact that we are fallen people. We cannot erase the mistakes we have made in the past, that’s the truth, but thank God there is Someone who can erase the mistakes from our past.

Our mistakes no longer define us when we accept that Christ is the One who took our place and died for us so that we could be made right with God. We are all messed up with our mistakes and this is why we need Jesus because in our brokenness, He can make us whole. He takes away all our mess ups and all our failures so that we are on longer defined by that. So with all my mistakes, all my failures, all my struggles, and all my brokenness, I am made whole when I accept the fact that I am a sinner, a person who makes mistakes, falls short, and experiences failure, and I am in need of a Savior, Jesus Christ, who took my place on the Cross and got what I deserved so I could have eternal life with God in Heaven. This is what He does for all of us! We are forgiven and set free from the mistakes, mess ups, and failures that held us back before because Jesus took care of all that.

[God] is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. (Ephesians 1:7, New Living Translations)

In saying this, I hope you know that you have what it takes to overcome. Don’t let whatever happened in the past stop you. We all do things we may not be too proud about, and maybe it has left us with regret, but this doesn’t have to be the way we live our life. We can get up, learn from our mistakes, let it make us stronger, and keep pressing on, living this life we’ve been given with passion and purpose. We can do this together! Know that you are never alone! I’m praying for you and I believe God is working through your life to bring you the healing and transformation you have been looking for.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, stories, words of encouragement, etc., or any other Bible verse that comes to mind, and thank you for reading!



Author: ElyseAnn

I believe part of my calling is to passionately serve, comfort, and encourage others faithfully with pure humility and honest compassion to help them realize the never-ending love and true value God has for them. I want to reach out to the ones who are afraid, lost, lonely, and hurting with the unconditional love of God. I want to empathize with their struggles, and I just want to show them the healing love Jesus has for those with damaged emotions. I haven’t quite discovered what my purpose is, as in what I will actually do with my life once I finish school as far as what career to get into or anything, but I do know that if I walk by faith and not by sight, God will guide me where He wants me to be.... it’s so easy to say that, now I just wish I would actually trust that it’s going to happen… A bit about what I do is I enjoy reading and studying the Bible, doing devotionals, jotting down stuff in my prayer journal, hanging out with my awesome family and friends, being involved in small groups, writing encouraging notes to people, running, and playing tennis! My goal is to finish strong in this race called life, making a difference for Christ and living out the life He has called me to live, by loving God with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind, and loving others with the same love God has for me. My life is a continual work in progress, and I will continue to make a lot of mistakes. My hope is that I would learn from my past and press on, knowing that in my weaknesses, Christ is strong. I do not want my life to be centered on what I cannot do. I want my life centered on how God can use me the way I am - struggles, insecurities, failures, and all - and how that can be used to glorify Him! My hope is to inspire a few others to realize their place in this world and see their true identity in Christ!

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