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Do you want to be healed? This seems like a simple question, but it hides in the shadows of our life.
David Seamands writes in Healing for Damaged Emotions, “This is what Jesus asked the sick man who had lain ill for thirty-eight years (see John 5:6). Do you really want to be healed, or do you just want to talk about your problem? Do you want to use your problem to get sympathy from others?” (page 25).
Letting go of suffering, choosing to walk into health and wholeness, and thriving after unimaginable pain can be difficult. Sometimes we’ve walked with the pain for so long we don’t know how to let go. Occasionally, we carry the tragedy in front of us like a badge of honor or hide behind it like a shield of protection. All of that is normal, but none of it is healthy for the long term.
Much like people who have broken an arm need a doctor to set things right, God waits to put our heart, mind, and emotions back into their proper place. And the process requires patience and quiet. Just like an injured limb needs rest and time, so do our hearts and minds after a loss. Do you want to be healed?
Have you heard of bummer lambs? These abandoned and neglected lambs lead us to a very important lesson about us showcasing God’s glory.
Questions about grief and its effects show up in our life in many ways, but you cannot ignore or go around the pain. You must go through it.
Can you say God’s plan is good, even if it includes suffering? I offer three statements that I now embrace after years of wrestling with God.
Remember the Lord, a phrase from the Bible that an ordinary man encouraged his neighbors with as they worked to on a monumental task.
Sometimes life is just plain hard, but how can a good God allow pain? Let’s discuss two more basic questions: Is God good and in control?
Physical and emotional pain can consume our mind and our heart. A troubled heart or body often leads to bumps in your spiritual life.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I know that we hear Psalm 23 in times of sorrow, but does it offer comfort?
The shadow of death. That phrase, taken from Psalm 23, carries so much with it. And yet, it doesn’t have to dictate your choices.
Got a green thumb? Sadly, I do not. Yet I know one basic principle of growing plants that Christians tend to ignore in bearing much fruit.
“I have peace about this, so I know God is leading.” That seems to be the standard for decisions, but should peace be our ultimate goal?
Today I want to get practical about gossip, answer some of those questions that aren’t always easily answered using the Bible as our guide.