Hurting Hearts Take Time to Heal

No one ever takes an entire jar of vitamins at once and then says, “I wonder why those didn’t help me.” Most of us anticipate that a person who has a broken leg is going to need crutches, right? Neither should you or I expect a hurting heart to be healed overnight.

No one ever takes an entire jar of vitamins at once and then says, “I wonder why those didn’t help me.” Most of us anticipate that a person who has a broken leg is going to need crutches, right? People who undergo life-saving surgeries don’t come out of the operating room and say they are ready to go home. Neither should you or I expect a hurting heart to be healed overnight.

Hurting hearts take time to heal.

It doesn’t matter the struggle. Whether you’ve gone through divorce, maybe for a second time, and you’re trying your best to put your life together. Maybe you have struggled with an addiction of some sort. Perhaps the damage you’ve endured was physical at the beginning, but then you became aware of the mental or emotional struggle that quickly followed. No matter the terrible circumstance or problem you’ve encountered, healing takes time.

I love receiving emails from readers and often I receive one that says: How did you do it? How did you get through your divorce? Or how did you get through losing your mom? Or how do you get through every day, knowing that your daughter has a terminal illness? It’s a process. I wish I could send you a magic formula in a return email and poof- you’d be all better. I would love it if I could send you a list of steps in order, 1,2,3 and there you have it, emotional scars gone.

Since we both know that doesn’t happen, today I’m encouraging you to give yourself the gift of time to heal. Be gentle with yourself and don’t expect that a band-aid will do the trick. Little by little, healing will take place when you follow the Lord. You may even experience a bigger portion of healing at one time through a certain Scripture or the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart. But it could be years for you to feel fully alive again when you’ve passed through the pain and suffering this world gives. In fact, some issues on this earth won’t see healing while we still live here.

The truth is that time doesn’t heal all wounds. God does.

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

As long as we live in this world, we’ll face the challenges associated with sin. But that doesn’t mean we choose to stop trying. It just means we need to be patient with the healing process. While I can’t get you a series of steps verbatim, you can do things to promote healing in your life. Eliminating stress, as much as possible, is a great step to promote healing.

I have the privilege of participating in a wonderful offer for you– the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. I don’t write blog posts or books about organizing closets or housekeeping or cooking. I do enjoy cooking and baking, umm, housekeeping not so much. I’ve told you before why I ditched perfectionism. But having less stress in life promotes healing. This bundle is completely FULL of ways to help you promote healing in your life.

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If you are ready to do a spring do-over on your housekeeping routine, this is for you. You will have the opportunity to gain healing for your hurting heart, as my devotional book, 12 Days of Christmas for the Hurting, is included. The daily devotionals in this book can be unwrapped at any time.

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Take some time to heal today! He sees you and longs to restore you fully!
Rachel

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Hurting Hearts at Christmas

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While Christmas is a wonderful time of year for many, hurting hearts at Christmas deepen with difficulty. Friends and family have suffered loss and grieve for loved ones. Memories from easier times or better yesterdays dance vividly in imaginations around the holidays.

The most High God chases after us, pursuing our hurting hearts to heal. I have to remind myself of that occasionally. Oh the depth of His love.

He loves us so much that He came down from Heaven to provide the sacrifice that would deliver forgiveness. And He never stops loving us, even when our hearts ache and we’re most tempted to turn away from Him…or at best, ignore His love.

Two years ago, my first ebook, 12 Days of Christmas for the Hurting, released just about this time of year. This 12 day devotional is a reminder of the gifts from our One True Love, the God of heaven who desperately desires a personal relationship with His children.

For 48 hours only, 12/9 &12/10, the ebook is just $.99 on Amazon. I would love it if you’d take a moment to download it and take the next 12 days to unwrap the gifts God has graciously given to us.

Download here at Amazon.

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And would you share it with someone who has a hurting heart? 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Rom. 15:13

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Because We’re All Broken

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While I hadn’t seen her face for several years, my heart dropped when I met the eyes of my old friend.

She’d been hurt.

Her eyes reflected the sorrow. While I knew she was glad to see me, a part of my heart ached as I felt the aftershock of her waves of despair. Because we’re all broken.

Brokenness permeates human hearts.

Later in the day, I encountered one whose brokenness of spirit brushed against mine as we passed in the grocery store aisle. Though we’d never met before, her creased face held a trained blank stare. Her loneliness was masked with a slight rehearsed smile. And I prayed for her, not by name, not with one iota of comprehending her needs. I simply prayed because my spirit was moved to do so. Because we’re all broken.

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matt. 9:36

Brokenness permeates human hearts.

Broken spirits infiltrate the world.

That was she- harassed and helpless. She needs the Good Shepherd. He’s calling to her in her broken and confused state, but she doesn’t recognize His voice.

She awaits an introduction.

So does my friend with the hurting heart. Oh, her situation is a little different. She knows and recognizes His voice. But she needed a reminder- something tangible to help her comprehend her spiritual state…of brokenness.

Brokenness permeates human hearts.

Broken spirits infiltrate the world.

The broken world necessitates a Savior, a Healer, the Redeemer.

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. I Tim. 1:15

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. Job 19:25

We lean towards making the effort to heal ourselves. We try every bandaid in every color and trick ourselves into thinking that the superhero character on the exterior of the bandage will magically appear in real life. That all will be better and the brokenness will be healed.

Brokenness permeates human hearts.

Broken spirits infiltrate the world.

The broken world necessitates a Savior, a Healer, the Redeemer- Jesus.

The Savior, Healer and Redeemer rejuvenates the broken. 

Jesus not only heals broken hearts-

He transforms broken hearts into His hands and feet.

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Has someone reached out to you in a broken state? Or you to someone else? I’d love to read about it today.

Because we’re all broken.

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