Yesterday was a sweet-and-sour day for me. When I have a devotion running, I love to hear from readers. You see, I sit behind a computer all day. Unless I make a point to connect with a friend, my days are isolated ... it's just me and my three doggies. My husband works at home too, but he's in his office most of the day.
So when I hear from readers, I experience community in a way that only God could orchestrate among His children thousands of miles apart.
And yet it was a heavy day as I read through all the prayer requests. I prayed for each one. In the morning, I emailed two friends and asked them to pray too. God hand picked those two intentionally as I discovered throughout the day with the specific prayer requests that came in. He's so good like that!
Then, in the evening, my small group met and I asked my friends to go on my blog and pray for each request throughout the next week.
If you posted a prayer request - please know you are well covered, and will continue to be.
My heart ached for the cycles of pain so many of you experience. And I want to do more than pray. Not because that's not enough. It is the best gift I can offer you. But I believe there is more God wants me to do. It's no coincidence that my brother-in-law is a lay counselor at his church and leads a program called "Healing from the Inside Out." I called him yesterday to talk about emotional healing, and why people cycle through pain.
He said that often there is addiction involved. It could be co-dependency, which is like an addiction to another person and their problems. Or it could be the person's own addiction. Not necessarily chemical addiction, but to an emotional release like anger.
But when people are honest and willing to face their emotional pain, the healing process begins. It is a process, and it usually takes the help of someone else. Not always someone professionally trained, but someone mature enough to love you though it, with out offering damaging advice.
I'm praying about what more to do, and have put a call in to the person who created this program. If I discover anything helpful resources, I'll pass them along.
This wasn't the only thing happening this week. On Monday I had a book to give-away, and said I would announce the winner on Wednesday. Obviously, that wasn't the best plan on my part. But I do have a book to give away, and SueBe is the winner. I'll contact you personally to get your mailing information.
Can we continue this discussion on emotional healing?
Have you experienced emotional healing? If so, what helped you?
In His Love,