Calling me back to Egypt

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I am studying the book A Confident Heart by Renee Swope through Online Bible Studies at Proverbs 31 ministry.

Our motto this week is #movingfoward.

Luke 24:38 “Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Psalm 81:10 For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

Why o’ why do I always want to go back?

My days are filled with thinking I had it better in _________.  You fill in the blank.  It could be anything from 5 years ago, 15 years ago or 10 seconds ago.

Where I am at currently, is never right and I should always be somewhere else.

Sarah Groves says it perfectly in her song

For me, it’s like a film reel in my head.  You’ve heard me talk about Perfect Isle.

Perfect Isle is my Egypt.  Perfect Isle still has access to my psyche…….they play all of my past videos with happy go lucky, everything was “perfect” fanfare to try to get me to come back from Oopsland.

The truth comes from Oopsland.  In Oopsland, my friends keep me grounded.  They remind me and play videos that were the reality.

They remind me of how tired I was.  How stressed I was.  How sad I was.  Perfect Isle was full of slave masters who drove me until I could accomplish no more, and then asked for just one more thing.  Perfect Isle took everything it could from me, leaving nothing left for anyone else, much less myself.

I have been a slave to many things…..many things I want to be free of.

  • Food Addictions
  • Money/Debt
  • Co-dependent Love
  • Career success
  • People Pleasing/Performance/Perfectionism

What if the Israelites could have had a video to remind them of being slaves in Egypt when they were moaning in Exodus 14:11-12 that they wanted to go back?

What if I could have a video that popped up to remind me of truth?   Remind me that being a slave to ___________ (fill in the blank with whatever you are a slave to) is bad and I would be happier without it.

What videos are playing in your head? The Perfect Isle ones that make you go crazy because you want to go back and it was all a bed of roses?

Or the Oopsland videos that remind you it is better to move forward?

It is hard.  It will be worth it.  You can move away from slavery and into the new freedom that is just around your current sand dune.  I’ll do it with you.  #moving forward

 

6 Comments

  1. I have that awful video Billie of food addiction. Working on that day by day but it’s hard. Thanks for sharing your heart today. Debbie W. (OBS Facebook Group Leader)

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  2. Ugh, my video is on my mistakes, things I’ve screwed up (mostly at work!) that keeps replaying. The video of trying to be a perfectionist . . . thanks for sharing!!

    Kris Danko (OBS Small Group Leader)

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  3. Powerful post, my friend! So so so true. When my husband was laid off from his “dream” job, I remember telling him that I thought for him, corporate America was Egypt. I said I don’t know how long we’ll be in the desert, but I don’t get the sense you’re supposed to go back. This was the 2nd time he’d been let go in his career. He then went to work for a start-up for 2-1/2 years that earned very little money, but gave him some key connections and experience to launch his own business …. which he did more than four years ago. Though I can’t say I never dream of “Egypt” I know we are enjoying our life in the “promised land” here as small business owners. =)

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  4. LOVE this : Perfect Isle was full of slave masters who drove me until I could accomplish no more, and then asked for just one more thing. Perfect Isle took everything it could from me, leaving nothing left for anyone else, much less myself.

    So true, thank you for sharing!!!

    Stephanie, SO thankful for your testimony and comment here, you have encouraged me too! Love you girls! You all ROCK this world! We are mighty in the land because of who we are IN JESUS!!!!!

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  5. Perfect Isle. I love it. Such a true picture of the fictional place that often lives in my head. Thank God for friends who keep us grounded!

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