When we surrender ourselves to God, this allows the miraculous and supernatural to occur. God changes the old person we used to be, creating us into a new being. This process doesn't happen overnight. This change is an evident, deep, sometimes painful, truth enlightening difference we and others notice. This requires surrendering our own will and being obedient to God. It's a one day at a time process. We are always a work in progress. “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 ESV)
I have a secret letter I want to share that my therapist encouraged me to write to myself. This letter was written from the “new Brooke” I was becoming; speaking to the “old Brooke” I used to be. I’m sharing this letter so you can see the awesome power of God at work and you will know there is hope for you too. God is always working in His time, in His strength, and He is true to His word. He is our healer, comforter and perfect peace.
The Secret Letter
My Dearest Brooke,
This is a note from the new Brooke, a woman of God. This Brooke is prophetic, strong, close to God, trusts in Him and is growing spiritually. I will call you Old Brooke. Not that you’re old in age, but that you’re the old me from the past. You’re the old me who was holding me back from my dreams, desires and calling.
I know you’re sensitive. I know you and your ways all too well. I ask that you prepare yourself emotionally for what I have to say. It’s time for us to part ways. Please don’t be sad. Please don’t be angry. I know you've been a part of me for all my life. But it’s time for me to grow up and step into a new season; a time of renewal, revival, and into God’s refining fire. It’s time for me to live loving God passionately and unremittingly. I can’t do this when you rule my ways and thoughts. You’re anxious, stressed, fearful, timid, ruled by emotions, and indecisive. You’re the soul part of me led by the world and selfish wants and desires. You can’t be in control anymore. You've made idols and placed them before God.
I speak power, peace, love, and joy, with a fresh new anointing over my new self in the name of Jesus. I pray and ask for Old Brooke to go peacefully. I understand that Old Brooke will come back and visit. Sometimes she will try to stay. But I pray that God will make me courageous and strong in His power and strength to say NO to her. I pray I will not be tempted to go back to the old Brooke for advice, opinions, tactics, forms of speech, or resort to being her again. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. Where Old Brooke has left there may be emptiness, God I pray that you would immediately cleanse those areas and fill me with your Holy Spirit, providing peace that surpasses all understanding, filling me with your joy and strength.
Old Brooke went through so much pain, abuse and torment. But if that part of my past was nonexistent, I wouldn't be able to minister to others. God can now use all my hurt, trauma, pain, turmoil, rejection and negativity to help people. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Old Brooke lived without trusting God and lacking in faith. She was paranoid, fearful and scared. She lived in survival mode. It’s time to start living in revival mode. (A restored life) I’m tired and done with the old and unnecessary behaviors. I’m ready, willing and excited to say good-bye to the old me. I choose to be obedient, courageous and receptive to the Holy Spirit.
I understand I’m not perfect and I need to stop following my old rules of perfectionism. I’ve been dominated by perfectionism, believing I had to be perfect never making a mistake in order to be approved of, liked or loved. But the truth is no one is perfect except God. It’s time to stop striving to be something I can’t be, and realize it’s human nature to make mistakes and mistakes are an opportunity for humility.
In one word, the secret to becoming a better you is: surrender!
I’m stepping out in faith and believing God for all my needs. I know God is all knowing, all powerful, loving, kind, merciful, forgiving and gracious. I thank God for allowing me to be Old Brooke and using her in my life to bring me to New Brooke. I’m excited for my future and a changed heart.
Dear God, renew my mind and remind me daily that I am a new creation in Christ Jesus and help me to act as such. Please increase the anointing you've placed on my life and use me to do great things for you! I surrender complete control of my life to God. Amen.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
(2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
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