Letting Go of Old Baggage

Published January 27, 2022 by First Methodist Carrollton in 

Scott Grigsby

Hi, I’m Scott and I love my church family. I have been attending this local congregation since late 1979, and the moment I stepped into the building to attend Sunday service, I felt at home. I was welcomed well by those sitting around me and felt the presence of God’s Spirit. I am so very thankful for all the ways that God has used the teaching and people here to enrich me and my family. 

Several years ago, God placed a call of prayer on my life, and over the years I have been praying for God’s Kingdom to come here, for our congregation to truly comprehend what it means to be Jesus Followers. As I was praying last year, I felt God said, “It has begun,” and I became very excited. I sense that what has begun is a new depth, a new facet of spiritual and emotional maturity that is coming about as a result of the two Emotionally Healthy courses. I have experienced deep transformation in my own life because of learning and practicing these principles and skills that are allowing God to reach my deepest needs and inner wounds in a more effective way than anything I have experienced in years of Bible study and prayer. 

God is using Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS) and Emotionally Healthy Relationships (EHR) in a process of changing me from within using God’s word in the rhythms of multiple daily contacts with Him. I had been carrying much old baggage in my spirit that resulted in emotional doors that were closed, locked, and filled with wrong thinking. These courses are helping me let go of the old baggage and wrong thinking that have wounded my closest relationships. The part of my life that is benefiting the most right now is my marriage. I had turned off my emotional connection several years ago in an attempt to protect my frail spirit, which did nothing but make life uncomfortable. God is helping me to turn those connections back on right now, and I am so thankful for that. I am seeing that we are never too old to learn and to grow. 

I encourage you to step into this growth process with me. As we become more whole, God’s Kingdom life will be able to flow more freely through us to the hurting world around us. Together, we can see our neighborhoods transformed with the good news of God’s love.

This spring, we’ll be offering EHS on Sunday nights, but we’re pushing back EHR until the fall.

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