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In my last post we looked at how to Get Real as we try to handle problems that are way to big for us. Our next move as we let go of our worries is to Feel. We have to give ourselves permission to feel the feelings of hurt, anger, anxiety, or fear. We express those feelings by writing them down. God can’t heal what we can’t feel!  Let’s be honest God can heal anything. He’s God! But he can’t heal it if we don’t present it to him for healing because we’re too busy avoiding our feelings because they are too difficult to face.
When David was going through trails he asked God to rid him of his sin and pain. In Psalm 51:7 he writes, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” The dictionary definition of purge is to get rid of something undesirable.  We purge your anxious thoughts by pouring them on to the page. I can’t emphasize enough how powerful this process is. In recovery they say that when we speak out our problems, it takes the power they have over us away. I’d like to add, when we speak them out to the Lord, it brings his power to us.
In my counseling office, I encouraged folks to sit down with a cup of tea and a pad and paper. You can give it a try. Pray before you park yourself. Ask the Lord to help you “take every thought captive,” as they ping around in your brain and rob your peace.
You don’t have to have a fancy journal. I use a legal pad because I always have one with me. You just need the time to sit at his feet like Mary did in Luke chapter 10. Start to write what you are feeling, even if you write the first thing that comes to your mind. This pen writes funny or, my cat is looking at me like I’m weird. You have to start some place. As you write, your fearful thoughts will coalesce and your fears will crystallize. As you put them on to the page, see yourself laying them at the feet of Jesus who is far better qualified to handle these concerns than you are. See your Lord and Savior purging you of your pain as he takes them from you offering his peace in their place. This has worked for me again an again. Let me know how it works for you.

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September 23, 2010 @08:37 pm

I LOVE this, and know there is a great need for this. I used to get upset with my self and feel ashamed for feeling! I finally got it, GOD was and is there for me, no matter what, it doesn't mean I'm not going to feel!He made me, HE loves me and knows me, better than I know myself. I allow myself to feel, and I do ask for prayer, from friends and of course I go to GOD as well. I wish I never felt concern or hurt, but it's OK, we are made to feel. How can we know compassion if we never feel ourselves. What a comfort and freedom to ask for help, and have my wonderful Sierra Pines buddies who will pray for me. I'm blessed and know God has us there for each other. To encourage, and comfort and laugh with, the best medicine of all.

Maryanne Struhar
 

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