I began to pray for all people who have issues within their minds from
the past that have damaged them emotionally which has caused them to be
older in physical age, but emotionally much younger due to damage not of
their own making….so when I found this article from Joyce Meyer, I
thought it is perfect to share with you today…..Enjoy today’s message
and Be Blessed!
people everywhere are struggling through life with damaged emotions.
They've endured a lot of negative things, causing untold damage that
needs to be dealt with. But all too often, these hurts are simply swept
under the rug in an attempt to make them go away.
Through my own life experiences and from many years of helping others
through this process, I've discovered that although God wants to help
those who really want emotional healing, there are some very important
steps these individuals must take for themselves. If you want to receive
emotional healing, one of the first steps you must take is to face the
truth. You can't be set free while living in denial. You can't pretend
that certain negative things didn't happen to you.
I've come to realize that we're experts at building walls and stuffing
things into dark corners, pretending they never happened.
I spent the first eighteen years of my life in an abusive environment,
but as soon as I got away from that situation, I acted as though nothing
was wrong. I never told anyone what had gone on in my private life.
Why don't we want to bring things like that into the open? We're afraid
of what people will think. We're afraid of being rejected,
misunderstood, or unloved by those we care about or that they might have
a different opinion of us if they really knew all about us.
The next step toward emotional healing is confessing your faults. I
think there's a place for eventually sharing with someone else the
things that have occurred in our lives. There's something about
verbalizing it to another person that does wonders for us—but use
wisdom. Choose someone you know you can trust. Be sure that by sharing
your story with someone else, you don't simply put your burden on that
individual's shoulders. Also, don't go on a digging expedition, trying
to dig up old hurts and offenses that have been buried and forgotten.
When I finally worked up the courage to share with someone what had
happened early in my life, I actually began shaking violently in fear.
It was an emotional reaction to the things I'd kept buried within me for
so long. Now when I talk about my past, it's as though I'm talking
about somebody else's problems. Because I've been healed and restored,
my past doesn't bother me anymore.
Finally, you must assume some personal responsibility. Some people are
trapped in denial, afraid of what might happen if others find out the
truth. But as long as they deny the past, they're never going to be free
from it. “
Nobody can be set free from a problem until they're willing to admit
they have one. An alcoholic, drug addict or anyone who's lost control of
their life is doomed to suffer until they're able to say, "I've got a
problem, and I need help with it."
Even though our problems may have been brought upon us because of
something done against our will, we have no excuse for allowing the
problem to persist, grow and even take control over our entire life. Our
past experiences may have made us the way we are, but we don't have to
stay that way. We can take the initiative by taking positive steps to
change things—and we can ask for God's help. Whatever your problem may
be, face it, consider confessing it to a trusted friend, and then admit
it to yourself.
Face the truth—it can be the beginning of a happier life!”
God’s Grace, Mercy, Love and Peace Be Upon Your Lives