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When Our Soul Needs Preventative Maintenance

HealingMarci AnthonyComment
#sowandgather #healing Run Your Race with Endurance

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1b-2a (NIV) 

It seems the older I get, the more that falls apart. As I type today, I continue to suffer from recurring and chronic pain in my wrist, arm, and shoulder. Don't be fooled, an office job can take its toll on our bodies.  

I could create a list a mile long of every ache and pain in my body that needs healing. From chronic back issues, to wobbly ankles, to my wrist. I suspect you might have a similar list of ailments. I’m sure there's a specialist, a vitamin, or a diet plan out there that will cure all my ills. I just need to try the right one at the right time and MAKE IT WORK!  

You know what?  Taking care of our bodies can be exhausting. I often feel like I'm in a constant cycle of repairs.  Wouldn't it be nice if we could just check our bodies into the repair shop and have a rental body to use while everything gets straightened out?  Maybe I should check with Alamo and Hertz and see if they've considered diversifying their rentals!  

What I've realized over the last few years is that preventative maintenance on my body (just like the car), goes a long way to improving my life. I wonder why I don't do more preventative maintenance for my soul. Just like my physical body, my soul, my heart and my emotions need to remain active and exercised to keep me strong from the inside out.  

The Apostle Paul tells us to run the race before us with endurance. I don't think he was just talking about our physical bodies. He was talking about taking on the tasks before us with a soul that is light and healed through Christ. When our soul gets heavy, we have to toss our burdens onto Jesus Christ.   

To keep from weighing ourselves down with mental and emotional – soul-crushing – burdens, we have to do some preventative maintenance. I have a close set of friends that I meet with weekly for coffee, sharing life, and Bible study. The mentoring I receive from these women has been a key component in my soul preventative maintenance plan. Another part of my maintenance plan is prayer. It amazes me time and time again how healing prayer can be.   

Remember, God never intended for us to go it alone. God wants a relationship with each of us. In the end, exercising my relationship with God is truly the best medicine for healing my soul.   

Dig Deeper |

Psalm 73; Matthew 11:27-30  

Action Item |

Spend five minutes today in silence with God.  

Prayer |

Dear Most Gracious Heavenly Father, You know all of my hurts. You know the bruises on my soul that are not visible to others. Lord God, guide me today in silent prayer. Motivate me to connect with other Christian women on a deeper level. Show me Your ways. Amen.  

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Healing Our Emotional Wounds

HealingMarci AnthonyComment
God Heals Our Emotional Wounds #healing #sowandgather #prayer

For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds… Jeremiah 30:17

Someone once said that a scar doesn’t hurt, only a wound hurts. That is true. A scar is a wound that has healed; there is no more pain. You can touch it, scratch it, bump it, even pour medicine over it and it doesn’t hurt. A wound, though, is painful. If you touch it, bump it, or pour medicine over it, you will pull back in pain; it is tender and hurts. You can see a physical wound and are more likely to guard it; others can see it, too, and will show compassion and care to avoid causing you any more pain. But not all wounds are physical. 

What about emotional wounds? They aren’t visible for everyone to see. Many times you can feel like you’ve been touched, bumped, scratched, and had medicine poured right into your pain. Most likely, the other person never even realized what he did. Yet, you walk away hurt, sad, and lonely; feeling like nobody understands or even cares. Everyone has probably felt this way at some point in his life. If you are in that place right now, I have some good news for you! There is someone who cares and understands, but more importantly, can actually do something about it. Psalm 30:2 says, “Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.” 

Have you cried out to Jesus for healing? Psalm 147:3 tells us that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Jesus can turn that open hurting wound into a scar – that will no longer cause pain. This only happens when the wound has completely healed. 

Sadly, this doesn’t happen overnight. But when you scrape or cut yourself, there is also a process, too. First, you must clean the wound. Then, a scab forms to protect the sore and start the healing process. Finally, the scab falls off and a scar takes its place. 

The same is true for emotional scars. It is a process. First, you must go to Jesus so He can cleanse the wound. This can be painful at times, but it is also necessary. Just like with a physical wound you must clean it so that you won’t get an infection; the same is true for emotional wounds. Left untreated they can fester and cause bitterness in your soul. After that, a scab will form and you will know you are on your way to healing. However, just like with a physical wound, if it gets bumped or scratched, the scab can fall off and reveal the open wound once again. You may have to start the process several times before that open wound you have becomes a scar. But, know this, sweet friend, you are not alone and someone does care! Call on Jesus and He will tenderly bind up your wounds and bring healing to your soul! 

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Hosea 6:1Malachi 4:2

Action Item |

Write down any emotional "open wounds" in your journal and take them to God. 

Prayer |

Lord, you are truly a balm to my hurting soul. Draw me close to You so that You can bind up my wounds. Amen. 

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Spiritual Lifeline in Hard Times

HealingMarci AnthonyComment
God Is Our Lifeline #healing #prayer #sowandgather

Marianne Highley, a guest contributor for Sow & Gather,  is a mom to two kids and has a blog to share her family's journey through pediatric cancer.  She shares updates on her son and encouragements the Lord has given her on her walk with Him through some hard times.  She and her family live in Colorado.  Check out her blog at: http://highleyblessed.weebly.com/

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26 (ESV)

“I’m sorry, but your son has cancer.”  I sat there completely shell-shocked and held it together until the doctor left the room and then just started shaking and clinging to my husband.  The only words I could get out were, “God no, please, no, please, not my son.”  How do you handle the news that your four year-old has cancer?     

You try to pray, you try to trust that God will heal, but the problem is that you know that God’s healing doesn’t always come in the way and in the time that you want it to. Back in 2010, my father died of cancer.  I prayed and pressed into God during my Dad’s eight year battle. When I didn’t know how to pray for my Dad, the Spirit helped me. God healed my Dad by bringing him home where there is no pain or suffering.  I take comfort in that, but I miss him terribly. 

As I walked through the cancer battle with my son, there were long, dark days when all I could do was weep.  I know the Holy Spirit was interceding for me because there were moments of peace that had nothing to do with my situation.  Sitting next to my son in ICU with the doctors all studying their feet saying, “Well, maybe we could try this,” leaves you in a place where God is your only source of comfort and hope.  You sometimes need prayer just to get through the next 5 minutes.   

After 5 cycles of chemo and 3 months in the hospital with just a few days home in between cycles, my son is healed.  His cancer is in remission and life is getting back to its normal chaotic rhythm.  God’s healing took the form that we most desired-- a whole, healthy, happy child.  But when it does not, do we still call Him good? 

Press into the Holy Spirit when healing doesn’t come and you don’t know how to pray. 

Dig Deeper |

Lamentations 3:22-23

Action Item |

Look at the areas of your life where you need healing and don’t feel like it is coming.  Pray for wisdom to wait on God’s timing and for comfort when the healing doesn’t look like you want it to. 

Prayer |

Heavenly Father, help us to seek You first in times of difficulties and to trust that You will answer our deepest need in the way that will bring You the greatest glory.  Forgive us when we doubt Your goodness in times of struggle, and give us the strength we need for each moment of our day.  Amen

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