I know, I am late in posting my weekly blog post – but Marcus and I got away for the weekend and had a super WONDERFUL time together. It was just what I needed to rest. But, on with my new post…Sometimes, our healing requires us to step out of our comfort zone. Have you ever noticed this before? These are things that strike fear into our hearts. If you are like me, you immediately shoo them away. But then I wonder- how many times have I missed an opportunity for amazing healing for my wounded heart because I was afraid? I had the chance to help my daughter invite deeper healing to her heart this past week by helping her recognize that healing comes through stepping out of our comfort zone…and into His grace.
The Broken Heart
Several years ago, there was an incident involving outright rejection of my oldest daughter by some girls she knew. It was very painful and I saw her turn from a bubbly extrovert to an insecure introvert. Not that being an introvert is bad – I am one of the most introvertiest introverts! Wait – I don’t think that was a word until just now! But when pain changes your heart into something that God had not intended, that’s not a good thing.
I go more into detail of that story in my parenting book, Raising Godly Children, and how we started the healing process during that time. It was very hard for me to turn from the angry, momma bear to helping my daughter take her pain to Jesus.
It is amazing how healing can take years to work through. I guess it is more like after the initial healing has been done and dealt with, then Jesus offers even deeper healing over the next few years. It’s like He is saying, “See? I’m not finished with you yet. I am still transforming you. Be patient.”
Moving = Change And Opportunity
A couple of months ago, we moved to a new city and our search for a new church began. We found one that we enjoyed, but before making a bigger commitment, Marcus and I wanted to make sure our kids were able to make friends there, too. This was an area where our family struggled a lot – finding good friends for our children. So, one of the biggest requirements for our new church home was that our kids would find friends easily.
Sarah started attending youth group. She soon made some friends. Do you know how much a relief that was for Marcus and me? She wasn’t ignored. She wasn’t rejected. She was welcomed and enjoyed. She felt like she was a part of the group. Matt went to jr. youth and he has been enjoying that, too. And Emily has asked to continue returning to Sunday School.
Last week, Sarah was invited to read the scripture passage for this coming Sunday. At first she did not want to do it. She said she didn’t have enough confidence. She was afraid. It was completely out of her comfort zone – especially in a brand new church without many familiar faces!
And, yet, she knew the root of this fear. She knew where it came from. She knew that it was from that deep pain of rejection that occurred a few years ago. I explained to her that sometimes God wants to give us deeper healing but that means we must step out of comfort zones in order to receive that healing. I asked her if she thought maybe this was an opportunity for further healing for her precious heart. She agreed that it probably was. Marcus and I instructed her to pray about it and then give us her decision.
The following day, she told us that she wanted to read the Bible passage in front of the entire church. She had been thinking about what to do and she felt God’s peace and confidence wash over her. She is waiting for deeper healing. She is looking to see what God is going to do for her through this opportunity.
She waits expectantly.
How about you? Has God asked you to step out of your comfort zone so that He can bring more healing to your broken heart? Are you willing to take that step as scary as it is? If so, tell a trusted friend so that she/he can be praying for you. Or share it here and I will pray for you (I am sure some of my readers will, too!). And, then wait expectantly for Him to work. He will do a new thing in you. He will make a new path for your heart. He will do it. He promises.
Spread your wings and fly beautiful butterfly!
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