HEALING BROKEN HEARTS AND WOUNDED SOULS

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Are you ready?

If you are still very comfortable with your present condition,

Then you are not qualified for your next level.

Discontent qualifies you for action

Desire motivates you for change.

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It takes courage and much more…

When you’ve been abused, mistreated, used and dumped

It takes courage, the willingness to forgive

And the desire to live again

To give out your heart another time.

That’s why we must never exert pressure on people

To open up their hearts to us.

We deserve openness and genuineness in every relationship

But we must give people the time to change,

To heal and to willingly open up again.

Trying to force it out of them can be counter  productive

NO matter how much you love them and want to be with them

Just be gentle enough to let them loosen up naturally and at a  pace

That is comfortable for them.

They may really be in love,

But still needing time to get on the rails

Do not be impatient when they seem reticent

Let the rose unfold naturally.

Love and Blessing, Gretiana

 

“Lord, this is not what I asked for”.

I asked for a neat and orderly man;

You just gave me an untidy one who scatters where I gather.

Yes my daughter, that’s why you grew up amidst five male siblings;

I’ve been grooming you for this very thing.

I asked for a slim girl with no spot on the skin;

You just gave me a fat and spotted leopard.

Ooh, indeed my little boy;

Why do you think I gave you all that money?

Spend some on her and you’ll get your desired result.

My blessing may come in a package you do not desire

But always remember, beneath lies your desire.

HE WHO MADE ME WELL… (John 5:5-9)

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One day Jesus saw a man who had been sitting near a pool for 38 years waiting for and expecting healing from God. Everybody knew about him and no one did try to help him out. Everybody seemed to think that somehow, there was nothing wrong in him being there. He had become a part of the natural décor of that environment; it had become normal to see him there year after year and decade after decade.

Then one day something different happened to him. Jesus showed up, gave him an instruction and his story changed. “Glory to God, a notable miracle has happened. Our God has done it again…” This should have been the reaction of the leaders of the church. They should have been happy to see another testimony pointing to the greatness of God. No! They had other priorities at heart.

“Why are you carrying your bed on the Sabbath? Why did that man heal you on the Sabbath?”

It is like that prostitute who goes to church feeling so depressed…more depressed than the state of her dress; but then all we can see is her short skirt and heavy make-up. We then fail to appreciate a notable miracle; the fact that someone like that has made up their mind to stop running away from God.

I like the response the man gave to the Pharisees when they desired to know why he was crying his bed on the Sabbath.

“He who made me well said to me, ‘take up your bed and walk (John 5:11).’

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I don’t know who has been breathing down the back of your neck and giving you five reasons why you shouldn’t be doing what you are doing. “As long as you live in my house, it is unlawful for you to pray. You are a former drug-addict and I won’t let you see my daughter; you used to be a sex worker, I can’t attend your church; you got born into the wrong family, you can’t have a break in life…”

This is my encouragement to you. Look at them in the face and say…”He who saved me told me I could make it…He who rescued me from the pit said to me ‘you are fearfully and wonderfully made…’”

At the end of the day, it’s not about pleasing men; it’s about doing the will of God and making it to heaven.

 

It won’t go away.

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She was the only one in the family who never went to college; she was the only one who had an abortion and had a baby out of wedlock. She alone got divorced and brought shame to the reputable family name. She also had an issue with drugs and hung out with the wrong company.

Her siblings and lived in a world very different from the one she knew. Her parents were embarrassed by her attitude and wondered who could have brought such a strange seed into the family blood line.

Then to put the final icing on the cake, she left home. If she ever thought this will break the heart of her parents then she was very wrong. Her departure was a welcome relief. ‘The plague that soiled the family name was finally wiped off.’ No one missed her; no one cried that evening when everyone came back from church and realized her stuff was gone; she too.

Years later, a shadow was seen in the distance approaching the house with cautious and calculated steps. The autumn sunset could not hide the deep contemplative expression on her face. The front door opened; she could not find it in herself to smile at the faces and eyes that seemed to see through her. But the expression on those faces didn’t encourage her in that direction either.

“Mama, I came back…I’ve changed mama…I’m no longer the same person who left home. I want to be part of the family again….”

The look on mama’s face told her to stop it. She wasn’t welcome back home. She could stay, but she wasn’t welcome.

She had changed indeed. She had put some order in her life. She had swept under the carpet, emptied her closet and dusted the platforms; but for some reason her past kept haunting her. No one wanted to believe in the new version of her. That same cold look on their faces.

Her presence in the house forced a new regime and lifestyle on other members of the family. ‘Don’t leave your purse carelessly around. Lock your room when you go out…’the list goes on.

How she longed to be seen as a normal person. How she yearned to be just another child, mama’s child. Who saw the tears she cried in secret, praying and hoping that they will see how much she had laid down and how much more she had taken up on the road of self-realization.

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“If I could just be forgiven, accepted, loved and trusted then I will show them how much I’ve learned and how much more and want to learn.”

She has changed; she has become a Christian. But for some reason, neither church nor family dare give her a second chance. So where does she go from here?

Those who have given up on you will soon start rewriting their journal entries. Be faithful on the good path you have chosen and do not quit in the face of adversity.

MEDIOCRITY: ENEMY OF YOUR PROGRESS

 

Many people never achieve their goals in life because they have consciously or unconsciously chosen to be mediocre. They wonder why they never seem to excel like X or Y. They have not realized that the set of values by which they live is a set up for mediocrity and consequently a sub-standard life.

HOW DOES MEDIOCRITY MANIFEST?

  • When you lack the desire and determination to pursue excellence and the higher things in life.
  • When you get satisfaction from a sub-standard quality of life.
  • When you are unwilling to pay the price and go for a better alternative even when it is possible to do so.
  • When you are stuck in the rut of your weaknesses and will not challenge limitations and obstacles on your way.

When you do not believe that God is whom He says He is, that He can do what He says He can do, when you do not believe in yourself as a well of potential created by God you will live a life that is below expectations. Low self-esteem is usually a result of ignorance about who you are and what you have in Christ. When Jesus came on the scene, He knew exactly who He was so no amount of negative appellations and criticism could put Him down.

When you look at creation you will see a Creator who loves quality. You        are created in His image, so that quality is innate in you.

  • Get to know the Word of God and what He says about you. You are fearfully and wonderfully created (Psalms 139:14). You are a chosen generation (I Peter 2:9).
  • You deserve the best things in life. You are blessed because you are of the household of faith. (Galatians 3:7-9).
  • Make up your mind to be the best, to go for excellence in everything you do. You can do it (Philippians 4:13).

Get rid of bitterness

Bitterness is the greatest poison one can ever swallow. It makes you mean, ungrateful and miserable. You hate, despise and harbor anger even against people who want but to love you. It blinds you to the love and care others show you. It makes you selfish with self – pity and the desire to be pitied. You refuse to be happy and you hate to see others happy. But when you finally realize how you have maltreated and messed up your love ones, you feel so ashamed of yourself.

Bitterness hinders us from seeing God’s love and concern for our situation. How then can you share God’s love if you can’t accept and appreciate it? Bitterness opens doors for the devil to come in and afflict you. It also closes the door of grace and favor against you. It makes you too critical and judgmental, never letting you give the benefit of doubt (Grace) to people’s actions. You just think that everybody wants to hurt you. You actually become paranoid. Flee bitterness, it poisons the soul.

                                 

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