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Monday, March 5, 2012

You’re in Good Hands


MY PRAYER: Father, the Rachel’s Vineyard retreat was overwhelmingly surprising. I was so moved to see Your healing power affect so many precious souls, including mine. I’m forever grateful for the peace you’ve given me about my past abortions, and making my aborted children real in my mind, my heart, and my spirit. Thank You for validating their lives. The hard work has been done, Lord, and now the real work begins: the journey to nurture this healing process.

Jesus, I pray, not only for my own personal journey, but for all those out there with whom I have joined on this road of healing. I ask that You keep us strong and on the right path. Teach us to trust in You and in Your great love. I know it won’t happen overnight, God, but help us stay true to the lessons we’ve learned and hold them close to our hearts forever.

REMINDER FROM GOD: You are in good hands. Pay attention to Me first, and then relax. Good sense will scout ahead for any danger, Insight will keep an eye out for you. They’ll keep you from making the wrong turns, or following bad directions. The road to life is a disciplined life, and I will not starve an honest soul.

It’s time you appreciated My great love, which is strong and eternally present. Know that I AM on your side, right alongside you. You’re not in this alone. I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of Me. Then you will have a mind that is confident and at rest, focused on Me.

I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love and more love! And so now I’ll start over with you and build you up again. Like the potter, I am taking the spoiled clay and reworking it as it seems appropriate to Me.

{Proverbs 1:33, 2:11-12; 10:17, 3; Psalm 107:43, 103:11, 17; Colossians 2:1-2; Jeremiah 31:3-4, 18:4}

NOTE TO SELF: One of the most transforming experiences over the weekend began with a simple glass of clean, clear water in a transparent glass. With a tiny flashlight, the instructor showed us that when we live alongside the Holy Spirit the light of Christ can shine through us. But when we allow darkness into our lives, the sin grows deeper and our spirit becomes darker, and she poured food coloring into the water representing our sin. We were no longer able to see the light shine through the water.

The next day we started the real healing process. And later in the day after learning how the Holy Spirit can work within us and heal our inner wounds, she led us to the kitchen sink and placed the dark-colored glass of water under the running tap water. To my surprise, the water didn’t immediately become clear, even with the pressure of fast running water. It took nearly 5 minutes for the water to become completely clear. There were moments when the water appeared to be finally rid of the coloring, but she was sure to show us that it wasn’t entirely gone yet.

I went to the retreat believing I had been healed of my past abortions. My mind was set on gaining the experience so I could one day facilitate these same classes. God had other plans. See, my spirit, although somewhat healed, still had some muckiness hanging around, and thankfully God revealed it to me.

This simple experiment revealed that although God at one point renewed me and made me a new creation overnight, there were some things that still needed to be dealt with…and it takes time. God can deliver us of the sin of abortion, drug addiction, alcoholism, promiscuity, abuse, self-loathing…you name it! But sometimes scars remain, and God desires to heal us of those deep inner wounds that have yet been tended to.

The way we heal is by always staying close to God’s Spirit, listening to His promptings, and digging into Who He is. The key to any healing is knowing that it takes time. One quick flick of fast rushing water won’t cleanse us of pain that has settled deep into who we are.

The great promise of it all: God is on our side, and we are in Good Hands.

{To find out more about Rachel’s Vineyard, please visit their website, www.rachelsvineyard.org. You deserve to be healed.}

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