Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Be Equipped for Recovery
If you want to be healed, make a commitment right now to begin the process of grieving. Take steps forward, even when you have to force yourself. These daily devotions introduce you to the tools you need for working through the process of grieving. We want you to be equipped for recovery.
I encourage each one of you to do this. It may take a lot of work to put yourself in a place where you are able to make that commitment but you need to do this, you need to commit to heal from the hurt of loss. Take yourself to a place where you can 'Be Still and know God'. Sit and reflect on the hurt you feel and think of how it is influencing your life. Sometimes that influence is in a positive way. For me, after 4+ years, I think it is in a positive way but I know that not everyone would agree with me and, therefore, I know that my way of grieving is not always influencing my life in a way that is honoring to God. Grief takes us out of the now and that is what I know happens to me. I focus on helping others as a way to cope with my sadness and loss but I have a houseful of boys that need me in the now. I need to force myself to make a commitment to heal and to ask God what that means for me. Helping others is honouring to him but it needs to be done in the right way and at the right time.
You may feel you are not sure if you can even begin this journey. But be encouraged. Cindy Morgan says, "God takes you as you are. He accepts you, and then His love changes you. You are never beyond hope. Never."
God does take us as we are. He knows us, knows the plans he has for us. The knows that we can get through this with his help...so we must submit to him, to letting him guide us, to praying for his will, not ours. Taking the journey to healing is a commitment that you may not be ready for but still needs to happen. It is a painful journey, you will relive many things that you may have buried. You will encounter memories that hurt but you will always remember things that will bring you great comfort and maybe even joy.
First Peter 1:13 says, "Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed."
Jesus, it is only by Your grace that I can be healed. I commit my grieving process to You right now, and I promise to see this process through. Amen.