The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. (Isaiah 61:1 ESV)
There are some hurts within a woman’s heart that are easily repaired and others which are much deeper. I’ve yet to go to a women’s retreat and not had a woman or two approach me and share a horrendously hard story or two. Often, sadly, for the first time.
You see, my testimony includes sharing how my mother was counseled to abort me (but clearly didn’t) and that I endured a childhood that included an absent father and years of sexual abuse. These are common, serious hurts women have! Being honest about my own struggle with forgiveness, identity and healing has allowed ladies to feel safe in pulling me aside to bare their souls; such a privilege to listen and pray!
Know that you are not alone. We all have endured pain that is unique to us. Yes, some may have had similar stories, but our pain is our own. Sometimes our feelings are contrary to our faith. This does not mean that we have a lack of faith, but rather a temporary abundance of humanity. Allow yourself and others to work through fear, worry, grief or anger. So often as Christians we stuff down our feelings and put on a 'faith face'. God gave us feelings and as awful as they can be, they need to be felt and dealt with ... not denied.
In fact, my faith was strengthened after I finally allowed myself some honest feeling. With each tear, I let go just that much more, allowing Jesus to heal me layer by layer.
Father, I thank You that You don’t want us to stay broken and in pain. Thank You that Jesus came to bind up the brokenhearted and heal all of our hurts. Help us to peel back the years of hurt and pain and allow Your Holy Spirit to wash over the wounds, making us whole. Amen!
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