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Comfort in this Day

October 7, 2008

Today is the day that the Lord has made. No matter how I feel within it, I know that He is here with me. He is my protector and the high tower I run into. I am sheltered in the shadow of His wings. I will choose to trust Him, even if I find fear fighting for a foothold in my heart.

He is the One worthy of my praise, for He has formed me and chosen me. He has created all that we can see…and even what we cannot. He is sovereign. There is a day coming when all that is evil will be destroyed. He will make a new heaven and a new earth.

I will bask in His love for me, knowing that He has my ultimate good in mind when He thinks of me and as He leads me and guides me. He has brought me through many things and I know He will continue to do so. His love gives people the ability to choose. Those choices effect others…for good or bad. I am grateful that He promises to cause ALL things to work together for good to those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. I am very comforted by that truth.

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Transparency

March 3, 2008

I always have to ask myself how transparent should I be. How open? If I don’t share the things I have experienced…and the things I am currently going through, how will I find healing? And how will I help others to heal? It is in sharing our life experiences that we find out that we are not alone. Others have been through similar things. And the camaraderie and healing that can result from that sharing is incredible.

It is clear to me that we are created for community. Some of the most powerful healing I have experienced has come out of that community…out of sharing, whether in a small group or one on one. It is in the sharing and giving of myself with others and the sharing of others with me that growth is most often found.

Healing is hard work. But when we join together, how much more work is done as the stronger ones help the weaker ones. Those of us who are a bit farther down the road in an area of our lives can help those of us who are not so far along. Walking together eases the burdens of our hearts.

We all have something to share. Some of my healing has come in helping others. Some of it has come in others helping me. No matter how far along I am in my life, there are always some areas in which I am farther behind someone else and some areas in whch I am farther along. And the converse is also true. There are always others who have both something to offer and something they need.

I like the give and take in our healing journeys. No one is above another. We all walk together, side by side, being there for one another. How sad it is when I see someone who is still so locked up inside that they are unable to reach out. The fear is still so strong and it is sometimes next to impossible to trust anyone. Yet, the only way I know to learn how to trust, is to just start taking the risk and doing it. Little by little, bit by bit, I have had to learn who to trust and how much they can be trusted with.

Yes, I have been hurt along the way at times. In fact, I have been outright betrayed. But I have grown more than I have been hurt. I have been blessed in so many ways that I would not trade it for anything, in spite of the hurts and betrayals. And I have made some very precious friends in the process. I have also lost some very precious friends. But I am grateful for the gift of their friendship during the time I had them.

There is a bible verse that says:

2Co 1:3-4 HNV
(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;
(4) who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

I have been comforted. In sharing what I have gone through and how I have been comforted and healed, I can hopefully share that comfort with others. It is my desire and hope to give to others as I have been given to…to pass it on! And that means being transparent about myself. It means sharing my inner self and what I have been through. And that is a huge part of what this blog is all about!

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Nechemyah 9 and the Names of God

February 22, 2008

I heard a sermon today on Nechemyah/Nehemiah chapter 9 and the names of God. (You can find it here: http://www.thevictoriouschurch.com/messages.htm. There are teaching notes at the bottom.)

Each name of Yahweh shows us some attribute of His…some way that we can be touched by Him…some way that He is there for us. This is very comforting to me.

I know that Shalom encompasses wholeness and healing. In the sermon, I also found out that it means the equivalent of “it is finished” or “it is done”. This is what Yeshua said right before His death…it is finished. And it was. All that was needed to enable us to have a right relationship with our Creator – Yahweh – was done. All that was left was for us to choose to accept it.

Yahweh Shalom/Yeshua…God of peace, wholeness, healing…the finisher. I know that I have experienced that shalom even in the midst of deep emotional pain, which is about where I am right now. There are times when emotional pain will hit with such intensity that it feels almost as if I am going crazy. These emotional flashbacks can make it very difficult to function. It can also be difficult to hide what is going on, since I do not want to cause concern to anyone else.

Yahweh Yireh…God our provider. He has provided for me and for my family in so many ways.

Yahweh Rapha…the God who heals. He has also provided what I have needed for my healing in so many different ways and times. I know that I can count on Him for that.

Yahweh Nissi…the Lord is our banner in battle. I have had to fight spiritual battles. Yahweh has been my banner. He has led me and kept me safe in different ways, opening my eyes to what was really going on.

El Gibbor…Mighty God. He fights for me and protects me.

El Roi…God sees. He sees me and my situation and my heart. Nothing can catch Him by surprise. This is VERY comforting.

All of His names bring comfort in one way or another. I guess…as a survivor of abuse…perhaps this is extra meaningful for me. I don’t know, since the closest I can relate to a non-survivor mentality is when I was living prior to some of my memory recall.

This is where my thoughts are today.

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