Monday, September 30, 2013
This fictional book, The Merciful Scar, by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue, is filled with a message of hope. The characters have depth, and their stories are much like our own. Filled with pain and heartache, you will be caught up in the desperation the characters feel when life gets dark. But healing begins with a decision to be brave enough to face the darkness head on. Read, The Merciful Scar, and see how one individual’s road to healing brings together others who are also struggling.
For me, this story hits close to home, as traumatic experiences are not a far away thought for me. I was able to relate to many of the characters and found myself caught up in the story of their lives late into the night. Even though my story is drastically different, the common theme of struggling to work through pain towards forgiveness and healing is something that I have dealt with myself. It is something that all of us have in common.
We all need healing. As it says in The Merciful Scar, "you were strong enough to survive the real trauma. You're strong enough to let God bring you through the healing too." Be brave enough to allow God to help you heal from your own experiences. Know that even though this book is fictional, there are many out there with similar stories and you are not alone. There is always joy and hope waiting for you.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
There has been something heavy on my mind. It stares me in the face at night. Like a towering giant, it stands tall, with a sly smile on its face, as if taunting me. Up to this point, it has never truly been a bother.
But lately, the task at hand looks dark, grueling, and insurmountable. So many questions and doubts arise amidst my growing yet obviously weak faith. I am struggling to look through my human eyes and see this through the eyes of God.
For years, my voice had been manipulated. For years, I thought that my voice had been tossed into a void of darkness. But several years ago, God helped me to take back my voice from the enemy.
Now, with this task before me, I am struggling to understand all of the reasons for having to go through this at this time. Why now? Will it even matter? Will my voice be heard? And if my voice is heard, will people even believe me?
All these questions cloud my thinking and press heavy into my chest making it harder to breath. This task, this burden was never meant to be my own. It was a stunt pulled by the enemy over 23 years ago.
Despite the task; despite the doubts; despite the timing, my hope is that my weak faith will give me enough strength to come before the giant. And with only my sling and some stones, I will speak forth the truth and slay what was never supposed to have any authority over me anyway.
An “insurmountable” task is what it looks like.
A powerful testimony waiting to be told after Love wins is what it really is!