Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Journey Towards Healing: Identify Your Heart Wounds

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts." Psalm 139:23

No one wants to read how perfect your life is. It's not real or attainable. People want to know that your heart's been wounded--just like theirs--and you bleed red. And, if by some miracle you find healing, a way to soothe the pain--then lead the way to The Way of healing.
We carry wounds merely as citizens of earth--Paradise gone bad. The once perfect world created by God's spoken Word, circumvented by proud, scheming, lying Lucifer. Mankind's disbelief in God as Truth and his belief in Lucifer's lie led to disobedience. His actions wounded us all. Generations later, we still wear the scars of that decision but so removed from Paradise, identifying those wounds proves difficult.
The first step toward healing is knowing where you are wounded. Where do you bleed? What holds pain? For me, growing up in a broken family wounded me. It's wasn't anything I did or caused but it was my life. And for decades, unable to identify my heart wounds, my heart oozed pain that affected everyone around me. 
Then God.
Angry from hitting walls--spiritual, financial, relational--God met me. He asked me, "Do you want to be healed?" Honestly, I wasn't sure. It meant letting go of my identity, my victim mentality--putting on humbleness and walking hard steps of obedience. But through it all God's grace, mercy, patience, and compassion strengthened me.
What about you? Do you want to be healed? Will you let God show you where your heart wounds lay? Are you ready to turn the corner and change paths?
This week, won't you join me as we walk this journey toward healing together?
Today, find a quiet spot where you can listen for God's voice. Ask him one question: Lord, where am I wounded? Allow time to hear his voice. Write down what you hear and allow healing tears to flow.
Dear Lord, our hearts are wounded--hold years of pain suffered. Show us where our wounds lay. Name the wounds and in doing so, bring your healing waters. Wash over our hearts, cleanse us from the poison of pain, neglect, and lies. Your word says, "{You} heal the broken hearted and bandage their wounds" {Psalm 147:3}. Today, Lord, I ask for healing. I want your healing.

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