Trauma and Faith

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We as people can be easily broken, torn up inside, shredded through the circumstances we face. And there are times when we don’t know why. We may never know why. No amount of reasoning through it, makes any sense.

The more I blog, the more I see, both men and women attempting to recover. And as people of faith we are often tempted to offer advice and say……”you need to do, this or that…..”.

We sometimes say, if they would just have more faith…..or if they would just forgive. We want to help don’t we? But sometimes a sermon is not what the injured need.

Perhaps all they need is a friend, someone willing to listen. Our well meaning advice can often sound like we are judging them. So be careful!

God has not called us to be judges, has He? And did you know that trauma can change our beliefs, how we view life and God? Yep, I just learned this recently.

I know of a woman who became mentally ill due to what she faced. It happens. And some need alot of help, even professional help, not just a quick prayer and amen, see you later.

Lord God, please bring healing to those we know that have been traumatized. And help us, to be light, to be the compassion they need.

Maybe we can be the ones to listen, give us wisdom, and the humility to say we don’t have all the answers, but we care. Lord God, we cry out for healing to take place. Amen and amen.

    

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God Meant it for Good

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“His brothers then came and threw themselves down……..But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good……’”

Genesis 50:18, 20, 21

So many horrible things take place in our world, things we will never understand. War, poverty, shootings in schools, and the list goes on endless. And then there are those things that happen to us, deep things, we are so unbelievably hurt by.

We should never tell others that they are suffering horrible pain because they have sinned. That’s called judging them. But can God use the tragedies of our own lives somehow for our own good?

In Joseph’s case he did nothing wrong, (well maybe he was a little too proud when he was young) and yet he was hated by his brothers, was nearly killed…. but was sold into slavery instead. He ran away from temptation, was falsely accused of attempted rape, and then imprisoned!

You would think he might seek revenge, but you know what? He could see the big picture, he had a view of life that helped him to see that somehow God was at work. God used Joseph in powerful ways to save many lives.

Heavenly Father, help us to see the big picture when we are hurt by others, or by circumstances. Please bring healing to us, and help us to turn bad circumstances around. May You turn all those terrible circumstances of our lives into something better – somehow for good. Amen.

      

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The Lord Protects

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“Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them

in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them – they are

counted as blessed in the land – he does not give them over to the desire

of their foes. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them

from their bed of illness. I said, ‘Have mercy on me Lord; heal me

for I have sinned against you.’ My enemies say of me in malice, ‘When

will he die and his name perish?’ When one of them comes to see me

he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out

and spreads it around. All my enemies whisper together against me;

they imagine the worst for me…….

I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy

does not triumph over me.”

Psalm 41:1-7, 11

      

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Trust in Him

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“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,

your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still

before the Lord and wait patiently for him….”

Psalm 37: 5-7a

Isn’t it wonderful how God rewards us for following Him? And yet sometimes it doesn’t seem like that in this life. Maybe there are family members, or people on our jobs that really don’t understand us, or even want to!

Here, and in many other verses, God encourages us that He sees us, and He knows our hearts. And in these verses, He encourages us that we will be rewarded for following Him.

And there is the exhortation to commit our way to Him. That’s another way of saying to trust in Him, which He mentions again further along in this portion.

So your reward is waiting, and your vindication, is just around the bend! The tough part for us is the waiting! Trust in Him……and He will do this!! Hallelujah!!

Father God, help us to trust in You, for each and every circumstance we face! Amen. 

    

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Pain and Suffering

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“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death

or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

So we know in the end how things will turn out! I’m looking forward to no more death, or pain, or suffering. Thank you God!

Ok, but what about right now? Many believers encourage us to keep going, no matter what happens in our lives. Ever heard the phrase, “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger”? But no one can really say that about what we face, because they are not in our shoes.

And we know there are people that are so traumatized, by events occurring in their lives, they either don’t recover, or it is a long process to recovery. I was surprised to find out recently that mental illness can happen, from trauma in a person’s life.

The human spirit is so fragile, we should not judge people that are internally shattered.

Lord God, help us to be compassionate regarding people who need help, For the mentally ill, help us to have a heart of compassion, without judging them. Help us to also realize they may need more help than we are able to offer.

And Lord, we look forward to the day, when there is no more pain or suffering! Amen.

 P.S. I will continue a little more with this topic, next time. Be blessed!

     

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