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    Tripped Up and Trapped by the What If's
    By: Chelsey DeMatteis

    "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." - Colossians 3:17

    As I was driving down a backcountry road, I was suddenly caught off guard by where my thoughts had landed. I was right back in the year 2009, sitting in my car on a summer night on Beechwood Dr.

    I can still see the drizzle of rain dancing down the windshield of my parked car and can even smell the humid June air, as if it were yesterday. And I can play out the conversation that followed with a person who consumed many years of my life as if I were having it now.

    The enemy can use the past to snatch us out of living in the present (where God calls us). It's like in one moment we're totally invested in the hear and now and the gift that it is, only to find ourselves a few seconds later reminiscing over the "what ifs" and "what could've been."

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    I can find myself momentarily stuck in these places or sometimes it seems to last for a season. I'll be randomly reminded, or somehow a thought from the enemy just lands right smack in the middle of my brain and it trickles down and begins to cause discontent and confusion in my heart.

    No one really likes to admit that they can get caught up in the "what if" thought patterns, because there is nothing safe and secure about them. "What if's" can be a dangerous place, especially if they are sending you down memory lane.

    This isn't a space that we typically share with the Lord and rarely do we find ourselves inviting the Holy Spirit into these tailspins of thoughts.

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