Are You Living with Shame from Your Past?

Shame on you! Doesn’t that phrase just make you cringe? Do you think you might still be living with shame? I have yet to see an abuse survivor who doesn’t wrestle with shame. It is a paralyzing emotion and. It makes you feel as though everything that happened was your fault. Or at least a…

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What if I Can’t Fight Long Enough for My Healing?

Courage, my friend! You have already proven your strength by surviving all the enemy has thrown at you. You have the right stuff! God provides all we need to reach Him, and He wants us to reach Him even more than we want to. How cool is that?

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What if God Doesn’t Want Me to be Healed?

Maybe God has a higher purpose for my emotional pain. After all, He put me in the family (or any other situation) where I was abused. It’s probably His will for me to live with this pain—He can get glory from it. I’ve heard people say things like this. And it hurts to think they…

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Are You Afraid You Don’t Deserve Healing?

I always had this fear during my healing journey: This is all God has for me and I shouldn’t expect more. Does that ring a bell with you? After going through all the torment in our lives, it’s easy to slip into thinking like this. We feel like we don’t deserve any more than what…

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Is Fear of Change Hindering Your Healing?

What makes you feel afraid? If you saw an angel, for example, would you be afraid? When an angel appeared to folks in the Bible, they were always greeted with “Don’t be afraid.” How about if you felt a huge spider on your hand? If you saw a snake? Maybe the thought of flying makes…

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Learning Too Much Can Stop Your Progress

I love learning. Always have. Show me something new and I get all excited. I even wrote a story bout how my mom helped me learn things for school when I was kid—I must have inherited this love! But consider this: too much knowledge can be a problem. 2 Timothy 3:7 illustrates my point: “always…

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Don’t Let These Stop You!

Healing journey. Sounds kind of sweet, doesn’t it? But we all know it can be really tough to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Here are a couple of other things that make the journey extra hard. Things that make us quit, or seriously consider it:   Staying in your head:…

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Why Do We Quit too Soon?

What reasons do we use for quitting the healing journey? There are probably as many reasons as there are survivors, but today let’s discuss some of the most common: 1. I am just too tired to continue. Examine yourself. Is it physical, emotional, or mental fatigue? Have you been pushing hard in general and your…

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Every Journey Begins with This

Remember the old proverb “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”? That isn’t exactly accurate.     The journey doesn’t actually begin with the first step; it begins with the decision to make the first step. Then it continues with more and more decisions to take more and more steps. You…

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Hope Can Be Found in Journaling

Have you ever kept a journal? What did you decide to write in it? I confess, I’ve never been a regular journal-er. However, I have often written poetry to express my feelings. I think that counts. The object is simply to solidify thoughts and feelings by making a record. Some people keep prayer journals with…

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