Old Faded Photographs

“You’ll forget your troubles; they’ll be like old, faded photographs.”

Job 11:16 The Message

‘Victorious’ was the theme for the women’s conference in Trail, BC where I spoke this weekend.  As I gave messages on breaking free I shared parts of my testimony and how God moved me through the process to freedom from complete brokenness after divorce to healing, resulting in a renewed purpose.

OLD FADED PHOTOGRAPHS

old faded photographsIt almost seemed strange sharing stories from my past.  God has done so much to heal my heart that my memories are like old, faded photographs.  The pictures are there in my mind, but the emotions are so far removed.  I’m truly FREE!

Have you ever heard the saying, ‘With friends like that who needs enemies’? Well, Job could relate to this expression because he had a few of those ‘frenemies’.  Job’s buddy Zophar told him how all his problems would go away if he turned to God and if got rid of the sin in his life.  Zophar said to Job that if he could attain a guiltless state then God would work on his behalf causing him to forget his troubles; assuring they’d be like, “old, faded photographs.” 

Sadly, this false teaching is still seeking to deceive God’s people today.

Thankfully Job didn’t accept what his friend said but he did get to the point where he could forget his troubles because God restored everything he lost.

HEALING THE PAST

faded photographs of girlGod wants to restore you.  His desire is to heal your heart so the sting attached to your memories is removed and His purposes can be realized in your life.  Choose today to let God bring you into a greater freedom as you release to Him the hurts of your past.

Prayer

Father…I’m so thankful that You’re in the restoration business because my heart needs some restoring.  Help me to trust you with my hurts so I can experience the same kind of transformation Job did when you took his memories and made them like old, faded photographs.  Remove the pain from my past and let your purpose rise up in me!  In Jesus Name…Amen

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Comments(22)

  1. Michele Morin says

    It’s a brave thing to go digging around in those old “photos” and even braver to take them out and share them — for the good of your learners and the glory of God. Thanks for this encouragement. I’m sure those ladies were one blessed bunch!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Michele,
      It truly is. Years ago a counsellor had me bring in photos from my childhood. I was shocked at how much the photo I found triggered waves of strong emotion. It was so helpful in breaking free of lies I had believed. The group of ladies were such a blessing. God did great things and set so many free from things that were keeping them bound. Praying a continued growth in your audience and an increased anointing to write.
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  2. georgia martin says

    what an awesome and timely word …thank you for the encouragement, once again!!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      You’re welcome my little Firecracker!!!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  3. Valerie Sisco says

    Hi Sherry,
    I’m so glad God completely restores us and transforms us! The pictures of our past pain don’t need to be so vibrant on the pages of our hearts and minds but can fade as we walk forward in the new life God has given us. I’m grateful his work is never done in us! xo

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Love your words Valerie! So beautifully written. Praying God blesses you today as He continues to create His masterpiece in you!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  4. Gretchen Fleming says

    Yes! This- ” His desire is to heal your heart so the sting attached to your memories is removed and His purposes can be realized in your life. ” Amen Sherry!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Gretchen,

      Praying you experience this same exchange in your life…our pain for His purpose.

      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  5. Kelly Basham says

    I love this Sherry! It’s so encouraging to know that our forgiveness isn’t based on our goodness!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Kelly that’s so encouraging 🙂 Praying you know the forgiveness of God in a deeper way that frees you.
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  6. Joanne Viola says

    Good Morning Sherry,
    It’s encouraging to be reminded this morning that our Father seeks to heal and restore our hearts not based on our goodness but on His love towards us. His desire is to fulfill His purposes in our lives. Thank you for this word today!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Joanne,
      I’m so glad the message I felt to share hit your heart <3 Praying God continues to release His purposes in your life as He heals every area that needs His love.
      ~Sherry Stahl
      xoxo

  7. Brenda says

    That Job sure had some patience with his friends, didn’t he? So thankful for a God who not only restores, but is able to heal the painful memories as well. We all have that mental box of old faded photographs that need God’s healing touch, don’t we? Thanks for sharing, Sherry. ((xoxo))

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Brenda,
      So thankful the memories keep fading 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  8. Julie says

    Amen Sherry! I’m so excited to see how He uses my past for His message!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Julie,
      Praying He continues to use your mess as His message 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  9. Julie says

    Sherry- thank you for speaking hope into me! “His desire is to heal your heart so the sting attached to your memories is removed and His purposes can be realized in your life.”
    Amen! I can’t wait to see this come to fruition:)
    Stopping from a few areas but mostly #ChasingCommunity

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Julie,
      I’ll join you in praying that God takes the sing out of your memories and leaves a beautiful healing story of His love and grace.
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  10. Sarah Koontz says

    It is important to make sure the past truly becomes our past. I think the only way it will ever fade is if we invite the Father to redeem and restore it first. The beautiful part of the Freedom we have in Christ is the ability to allow our past go and walk toward a bright future. Lovely analogy with the faded pictures, perfect!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Sarah,
      I don’t know any other way and thankfully His way REALLY works. Everything else you can try has negative side-effects 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  11. Laura Davis says

    How timely your messages are! I was thinking about my mother today who is dead now and those words, “What if?…” kept popping into my head. In the next thought I was reminded that dwelling in the past where hurts still live does no one any good…let them go and be free! All the more reason to live for today. Thanks Sherry!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Laura,
      Praying Godcontinues to bring timely words into your life just when you need them so the sting of the past is replaced with the warmth of His love and grace. Thankful He uses the words He has me write to encourage you 🙂 Praying you live FREE today!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

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