Trauma is not something that can be erased. Once you have experienced trauma it is a lifelong journey to recovery. If you’ve been wondering about the flashbacks and constant psychological reminders, it’s normal. It disrupts sleep, relationships, and affects how you cope with stress.
You have to consciously choose not to allow your past to dictate your future. You are not your past. You can overcome all the things you’ve endured. God is Sovereign which means He is in full control no matter what happens to us. No matter what you have gone through you can change the outcome of your future.
If this is true, how can I let go and move past my pain? Be gentle with yourself. Surround yourself with people who love and support you. Use therapy to help yourself heal. Give yourself time to move on. Get busy creating a beautiful future. Create boundaries in relationships and stick to them. Do what is best for you and put yourself first.
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not remember the former things of old. Behold I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert”.
Isaiah 40:31 ” But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint”.
Experiencing trauma does make it more challenging to be able to be successful in your pursuits than people who have never endured trauma. We must remember that we have to take life a step at a time. We have to set a new pace. It’s important to be aware that life will be different after years of trauma from our childhood or adulthood.
You are not alone in experiencing childhood trauma. I live the aftermath of my childhood and adulthood every day. Is it easy? No. I have to make a conscious decision every day to move forward. Some days are harder than others. The life I am living is unique indeed. I choose to set the standard for myself not what other people are doing.
You do not have to be defined by your past. Remember, you didn’t go through the trauma you have endured in a day, it takes time to move forward. Every day that you are striving is a blessing. Every day that you put one foot in front of the other is a blessing.
Remember you are not your past. Don’t let it define your purpose and destiny.