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In speaking with a friend of mine, we were discussing some home renovations. She was talking about removing wallpaper that had been up for 30 years. She shared that as they were removing, some areas came off smooth and other areas left marks on the walls, peeling off small chunks of the drywall in cases.

It has become quite a project. They have the wallpaper removed, but now they are working to restore the wall to a smooth surface. Patching each and every hole; taking time to spackle and sand to fix the imperfections in the wall from removing the wallpaper.

This reminded us of our lives. We go through life, and to strangers, we may look like we have it all together, but below that outer surface, we have marks and sometimes holes in our lives.

If we let them, the marks and holes can take away the beauty in our lives or keep us from true joy and peace. It is important to fix those marks or holes and not carry them as baggage through your life.

Now, sometimes, the marks in our lives were not made by us. Maybe they were made by someone who hurt you, whether or not they intended to. There have been a few marks I found I had, and I didn’t even realize they were there.

It is not healthy to ignore our marks and hide our feelings. If you want to be healthy, you need to process them. Spackle them and sand them so they don’t cause you to stumble or hold you back in your life.

I am a firm believer that all of our marks and holes, our past, build us into the person we need to be in our lives. They can strengthen us or weaken us and they can change the trajectory of our lives, but you decide whether it is for the good or for the bad.

Each of us need to find a way to process what has happened in our lives. We need to deal with the good, the bad and the ugly by facing our marks; face our fears and take away its power when it holds us down.

My wish for you is you find a way to work through your potholes or pin holes to heal them so you can be stronger and healthier. Some of your marks may be easy to process and fix on your own and others may require help. You are worthy of healing and joy. You are not a victim of this world. Own what has happened, heal from the marks it has left, and take back the power you were born with. God has plenty of joy and peace waiting for you, accept his gift.

Sending peace, love and joy to you my friend. Sam

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