The “Home” tab offers hints to J.A.’s heart is to see wounded souls healed, set free, and equipped through Christ. This week’s blog is dedicated to the numerous victims of invisible abuse. This is written in 1st person to help give a voice to those whose voices have been stolen. (God will restore your voice as you press in to know Him more deeply.)
A few of my readers might benefit from reading this allowed.
When a mudslide of MEMORIES awakens and cascades through my heart, I will remember—You are healing me, layer by layer. It’s a little messy.
When images of the ABUSE surface in my heart, I will remember—You cried with me, keeping an account on my behalf. Vengeance is Yours.
When TRAUMATIC flashbacks and unwanted images bring me down, I will remember—I am all Yours, safe and protected. Strengthened by Joy. Filled with Peace.
When ERRORS of the past creep into my mind to taunt me, I will remember—You are working to free me of lies that created unhealthy thought patterns.
I know the me of yesterday is gone; but when I’m UNSURE of who I am today, I will remember—You are doing a new thing. Rebuilding and restoring.
When my WEAKNESS weighs me down, I will remember—You are the strength at my right hand
When I’m AFRAID to go to sleep at night, I will remember—the Lord who keeps me never slumbers or sleeps; You guard me from all evil. Psalm 121
When I realize I’m LAUGHING today over what I feared yesterday, I will remember—You never wasted a minute of the nightmarish trials.
LOVED ETERNALLY. “No one can snatch me from the Father’s hands,” therefore “Nothing can separate me from His love.” (John10/Romans8)
KNOWN INTIMATELY. If “He who began a good work in me will continue until Christ returns, perfecting and bringing that good work to completion in me,” then it is true that “He saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in His book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Philippians1/Psalm 139)
LIBERATED ABSOLUTELY. “Jesus came as a light into the world so that whoever believes (in Him) may not continue to live in darkness.” Therefore, I have choices, unlike before, when I was a slave to sin. (John12/Rom8/Gal4)
EMPOWERED LAVISHLY. “All good and perfect gifts come down from the Father of lights.” and “God has given me a spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”( James1/2Tim1)
I was once shoved aside . . . . I am now RECEIVED & PROTECTED
I was once cheated . . . . I am now HELPED & ENCOURAGED
I was once gypped . . . . I am now SUPPORTED & being RESTORED
…all through Christ who is my perfect strength.
As the altered expression of Hippocrates goes: “Desperate times call for desperate measures”
Jesus is returning for a warrior Bride, not a wounded Bride, not cowering but courageous. Revelation 21
His DEATH gave us freedom; His RESURRECTION gave us power to walk it out. God designed the New you to live victoriously. His final three words “It is finished” made our victory over our circumstances 100% possible (John/2Peter/1John5).
“… I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.“ Ephesians 3
Helpful links on invisible abuse
Knowing the signs: LINK
(My favorite article) The differences between evil hearts and sinful hearts: LINK
Focus on the Family Healing Wounds from Emotional Abuse
NOTE: realigning thoughts with God’s truth is the answer to genuine healing, even accelerated healing. So if you’re in north Texas, check out this free opportunity Kairos. I cannot recommend this enough.