Some of you may have noticed that I have been gone for a few weeks, so let me explain. Have you ever had so many voices in your head and felt pulled into so many different directions at once that you just needed a time-out to discern God’s voice and the message that He has for you? Well, that’s where I’ve been lately.
First of all, I’ve been trying to absorb and take in every little thing that God has for me. That looks different for all of us, but for me…it was about finding my sense of self again and restoring the broken places in my heart that God wanted so desperately to mend after my divorce. I recently heard that God allows us to break sometimes to allow His light to radiate through the broken places.
It’s been almost three years since my husband of ten years left home and decided to file for divorce. In that time, I’ve struggled with my new identity as a single mom, feelings of abandonment and rejection, worry and angst as I’ve watched my children hurt, as well as just plain loneliness. My confidence was shattered and my world was turned upside down, yet I never lost sight of the fact that our God is in the healing business. His word in Psalms promises us that:
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Healing doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve learned that it’s something that takes time. But here are a few things I’ve learned over the last few years:
-God never grows tired of hearing from His children. If you want to cry out to him, cry out to Him. If you are angry, tell Him you are angry.
-There are moments where loneliness can have a death grip on you. Open God’s word. Listen to God’s music. Satan wants nothing more than to defeat you in these moments. Don’t let him.
-Surround yourself with positive influences. Lean on friends and family, church members, etc.
-Make sure you spend time with God every single day. Have quiet time, post your favorite verses where you can see them, and soak in daily reminders of how much God loves you.
As one of my favorite authors Max Lucado says:
“You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naïve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this.”
If you are currently facing heartache or weathering storms, I encourage you to hold tight to the promises God has for you. It won’t be quick. It won’t be painless, but I promise that you will emerge stronger than ever. I’d love to pray for you if you will allow me to. Leave a comment or visit our prayer page and I’ll be sure to pray over you.
Love and Blessings,