Be in Health – Even as Your Soul Prospers

The Bible is so full of testimonies of God healing both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Most of those are for healing in our flesh from diseases.  Healing in the soul realm – our mind, will, and especially our emotions are harder to quantify and therefore not as prevalent in the written Word.  Does that mean that the same scriptures that speak of healing don’t apply to our mental/emotional areas?  Of course not.  In all that we receive from the Lord, we receive it by faith. Healing scriptures that promise healing for our body also promise healing for our soul realm.  I’ve had the privilege of receiving healing immediately through the laying on of hands as described in Mark 16:18 and Acts 28:8.

Mark 16:18 – they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Acts 28:8 – And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him.

On October 12, 1986, at a Sunday night service Pastor Lynne Hammond of Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, said that God wanted to heal ladies that had female organ problems.  I had been in pain for months in my womb area.  I didn’t know what was going to happen because I’d never been in a church like this.  She laid hands on my womb area and began praying.  I heard in my heart to just believe – so I did.  I actually felt my insides moving around like they were being rearranged. Pastor Lynne said yes, there you go and the pain completely left me.  Later in the service Pastor Mac Hammond gave an altar call and I went up and asked Jesus Christ to be Lord of my Life.

I’ve also received healing from deep emotional pain that at times had me paralyzed in depression and rejection.  Serious soul distress comes from being separated from God or feeling like He is afar off.  Conversely, true joy comes from being in His presence.  Did you know, if you believe that God is not with you then your feelings will line up with what you believe or what you’ve meditated on?  If you have asked Jesus to be your Lord and begin to speak the truth to yourself that He will never leave you nor forsake you and greater is He who is within you than He who is in the world, then you begin to become more aware of His Presence (Hebrews 13:5; 1 John 4:4).  Let’s look at a Psalm of David.

Psalm 4:1-8 (NKJV)

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

How long, O you sons of men,
Will you turn my glory to shame?
How long will you love worthlessness
And seek falsehood? Selah
But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly;
The Lord will hear when I call to Him.

Be angry, and do not sin.
Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say,
“Who will show us any good?”
Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
You have put gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

I really like what it says in verse 8.  For many years I’ve had a problem with sleeping and anxiety during the night hours.  I know that the root of that problem comes from my childhood.  However, I have a heavenly Father that is the protector that my earthly father never was.   As I began to renew my mind to this verse, I was able to be confident that I could have peaceful sleep…and then came kids – ha, ha, ha!

We will be focusing on more healing verses and testimonies in the next few posts.  The most important thing that I’d like to impart to you is that there is healing available to you in God’s word.  It is His will and testament written for us. If your grandmother passed away and left you some wonderful things in her will, but you never read it and so never understood what she left for you or how to get a hold of it then you would live without the benefit of the blessings that she meant for you to have.  It is the same with the Lord.  He has so much more available to us if we just take the time to learn what that is and how to apply it to our lives.

A new testament passage that has always been an encouragement to me, to stay focused on making sure my soul prospers is 3 John 1:2  Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. Yes, our physical health can be directly affected by our soul – emotional health.  Doctors and psychologists have been telling us this for years.  The good news is that Jesus heals!

1. Do you have any personal testimonies that help to remind you that God heals?

2. If sleep is a problem for you, what do you do to try to get enough each night?

3. What other Bible Verses can you find that specifically address sleep?

4. Do you have times where you just feel like God is not with you?  What is your self-talk like when that happens?

5. What other scripture(s) can you locate that can encourage you of His presence with you?

It’s a Journey Not a Vacation

As I was seeking the Lord on what He wanted me to share, I was reminded about the fact that all change, all spiritual growth, all of our strides to be emotionally healthy are, in fact, a lifelong journey.  It is definitely not a vacation because work is involved, as well as the fact that vacations typically have a beginning and an end.  Because of God’s wonderful grace, He only shows us what we need to see. We may not see the end of the path but we trust that He leads us. He is trustworthy. Relax and make a decision right now that you will purpose to find some joy in your journey every day. Ask the Lord to help you and He will.

One of the challenges that I’ve faced is the realization that I will always be repenting, growing, and being changed.   Even when I think that I’ve experienced a great deal of growth in a certain area, the Holy Spirit lovingly enlightens me and shows me that there is a fuller, deeper revelation and furthermore puts a desire in me that compels me to seek for more.  It is not like a task that has a clearly defined beginning and end that I can say is finally finished.  The work of the Holy Spirit is an ongoing life-long process.

As we are determined to go after the roots of destruction that were planted in our soul through sexual abuse we need to be cognizant of the fact that as we excavate and pull weeds out of the soil, there are sometimes other things that are unearthed and pulled to the surface as a result of our digging.   Some of those things may be depression, anxiety, fear and anger.

You may stir up feelings of rejection at work, church, home, in friendships.  Insecurities may rear their ugly head.  Just remind yourself that these are the things that will be directly affected as we take hold of our healing.  Those roots will be plucked up. We are pressing toward the ultimate goal of being spirit led and not emotionally driven.

Don’t get discouraged in the process.  Stay the course. The outcome of walking as a secure, confident, stable, whole child of God is His plan for you so that you can do the things He’s called you to do.

What are some of the things we can do for ourselves to aid us in the journey?

  • Have a trusted friend’s number ready and let them know you may call for support if you hit a rough spot emotionally.
  • Give yourself a break from journaling, grieving, or any other thoughts that may be causing you to feel anxious or overwhelmed. Use positive experiences to refocus your emotions.
    • Pray
    • Read a relaxing book.
    • A Positive Movie or TV show (no violence or stressful situations, etc.).
    • Go fellowship with a friend over coffee.
    • Fun exercise – go for a walk, run, tennis, workout, etc.
    • Take a nap and recharge.
    • Take a bubble bath.
  • Feed yourself healthy meals/snacks. Junk food and emotionally driven eating tends to have the opposite effect than we want – which is comfort.
  • Go to sleep at the same time each night to promote healthy sleep habits.
    • Avoid Sugar or Caffeine in late afternoon/evening.
    • Avoid stressful things toward evening.
      • Bills
      • Intense conversations
    • Have a bedtime routine – Ex. read, drink chamomile tea, brush teeth, pray, sleep.
  • Remember HALT – The devil uses these things to trip us up. Have a plan in place to address each area.
    • Hungry
      • Don’t skip meals. If in between meals then snack on a healthy piece of fruit or cheese stick. If I’m really hungry, my “go to” is a protein bar.
    • Angry
      • Read James 1:19-20 – write it out on an index card.
      • Write down in your journal what, at this exact moment, you feel angry about.
      • Tell yourself the truth about that situation.  Examine your self-talk and redirect your thoughts and words to God’s truth.
    • Lonely
      • While going through this process, if you’re married make sure you are spending quality time with your husband. If you’re single then be sure to have time with family or friends that are supporting you in this recovery. Go be with people that are uplifting. Don’t be around people that are negative during this time.
    • Tired
      • Rest/Nap
      • Try to get enough sleep.
      • Retreat – Sometimes when I’m tired it is a reflection of doing too much, being around people too much, giving out too much. At that point it’s time for me to spend some additional time in God’s Word or praying.  This refuels me.
  • Begin to praise the Lord. Praise stills the enemy and stops the attacks against your mind, will and emotions.
    • Psalm 8:2 – Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
    • Matthew 21:16 – And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”

Recovery from the effects of sexual abuse is a process.  It is an emotional journey that can be exhausting at times.  You may ask yourself why am I going through this and will it make a difference.  I believe that if you are committed to the program and let the Holy Spirit do His work in you while in your quiet times, then you will progress.

“Don’t compare your

Chapter 1

to someone else’s

Chapter 20.”

God’s Masterpiece

This blog is written, primarily, with women in mind.  First, I’d like to welcome you to this journey of healing and victory over the effects of sexual assault, molestation, incest, or sexual abuse of any kind.  My heart’s desire is that as I share what I’ve learned that it will help you on your road to recovery and complete wholeness – SHALOM.

According to Strong’s Concordance 7965 Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.  Shalom means to be complete, perfect and full.

We will experience new heights as we focus on renewing our mind and becoming secure in our identity as Women of Victory Enjoying Newness – WOVEN in His Grace.

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

We are leaving the identity of being a victim, and taking hold of our identity in Christ as being victorious.  As we realize our true identity, then we can do the things God has planned for us.  What happened to us in the past was meant, by the enemy of our soul, to distort God’s plan for our life.  But thank God that Jesus is in the restoration business.  What was once considered to be a broken vase, that was shattered into hundreds of pieces, is now under the hand of our Creator and Artist, a beautiful masterpiece.  That’s me and that’s you when you yield your life and your brokenness to the hand of the Potter.

When a piece of art is being appraised for its value, one of the important steps in identifying its value is in verifying its authenticity.  This is oftentimes done by observing the flaws that the piece has obtained over time or possibly even created with.  Now God doesn’t make mistakes.  What we may see as an imperfection may very well be the thing that makes us unique and wonderful.

To truly understand what a masterpiece is worth, we watch to see what someone is willing to pay for it.  Even the auction houses, that sell rare works of art, are oftentimes amazed at what someone will pay beyond an estimated value. Well, the ultimate price was paid for you. God gave His very life in His Son,Jesus Christ.  You are the masterpiece that he purchased. The only caveat is that you have to allow Him to redeem you.  He won’t make you free unless you want to be.

The first step in being able to function as the masterpiece God created us to be is by grieving for that child, adolescent or young woman that had their “normal” life taken away at the hands of someone else.  We have no control over other people and we will deal with forgiveness in a future post.  But for now, I just want you to allow yourself to remember that child-person that you were before. The innocence before the hurt.  We will address grieving for that person on a future post. I want to be sure that we properly acknowledge the grief.

I’d like to encourage you to grab a notebook, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and participate in taking notes, answering some of the questions that I will put forth, write down some things to think about and also to journal your experience through this journey.  I believe you will be amazed after looking back through your journal to see how far you will have come.  mhauxqi