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Friday, January 20, 2017

FRIDAY FEELINGS ...

... not the FACTS, not even FAITH ...
but
Feelings will be my Focus
throughout 2017

yes, I do realize that

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"Faith is the engine of the train that pushes us through life. The coal car, which is what keeps the engine running, is the facts of God’s word—TRUTH. And the caboose is our emotions ..." {the order on the image is the correct one but this description is still good}

Since the One Word that God has impressed upon me for 2017 is HEALING ... today's the perfect day to begin dealing with "feelings" ... because emotional healing is one of the biggest areas that I need to work on or allow God to work on, in me. All of my life, I have been emotional and probably emotionally immature, so there's much work in that area. I'm pulling out a book I began or did back in the early 90s ... along with the workbook (except this time it's in my Kindle, the real one was fuel for the fire that totaled our house back in 2013 with countless other books) ... I need "HEALING" from poor choices, wrong choices and hurtful outcomes ...

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There are 12 chapters, so I'll be working in the background on myself slowly ... a chapter a month but in both books. The first chapter (after the Forward and Preface) is "Damaged Emotions" ...
"Dr. Seamands (the author) has since expanded his earlier ideas into a book that blends clear biblical theology, solid psychology, and practical common sense. He writes about anger, guilt, depression, inferiority, and perfectionism— that constant and all-pervading feeling that we are never “good enough."

Matthew 8:17
(which comes originally from Isaiah 53:4-5)
Romans 8:26-27
"the healing of memories and damaged emotions"

will be my

first focus
"...certain areas of our lives need special healing by the Holy Spirit. Because they are not subject to ordinary prayer, discipline, and willpower, they need a special kind of understanding, an unlearning of past wrong programming, and a relearning and reprogramming transformation by the renewal of our minds. And this is not done overnight by a crisis experience." ...
... "What is our part in the healing of our damaged emotions? The Holy Spirit is, indeed, the divine counselor, the divine psychiatrist, who gets a hold of our problem on the other end. But we’re on this end of it. Just what are you and I supposed to do in this healing process?" ...
 David A. Seamands, "Healing for Damaged Emotions" (pp. 23-24). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. 
Dr. Seamands continues by stating this is the purpose of this book and he suggests the general, biblical principles to find healing for damaged emotions:
  1. Face your problem squarely ...
  2. Accept your responsibility in the matter ...
  3. Ask yourself if you want to be healed ... (John 5:6)
  4. Forgive everyone who is involved in your problem ...
  5. Forgive yourself ... 
  6. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what your real problem is and how you need to pray ...
{if only our "healing" was so cut and dry; it'd be so easy-peasy and we'd be healed, but we know that healing is a process and it takes time... trust me, I've been at this for years} 
..."The Holy Spirit knows where to tinker. We do not know what we ought to be praying for. We often do not receive because we ask for the wrong things. As you read these chapters, ask the Holy Spirit to show you what you need to know about yourself, and then to guide you in your prayers."...
... from "Healing for Damaged Emotions Workbook", by David A. Seamands.

..."Today many Christians struggle with emotional pain that is deeply rooted in the past. This unresolved pain manifests itself in “overextended” patterns of living. We OVERwork, OVEReat, OVERcommit, OVERspend, OVERspiritualize, and OVERobsess about love and sex. ... Christians are not exempt. We must face the reality of our pain-filled past if we are going to proceed through life in a healthy way. That is what this workbook is all about. It is designed to help you find your way back to a place of balance by giving you an opportunity to take an honest look at the painful experiences of your past that have left you emotionally scarred in the present." 

I am long overdue in living a healthy, balanced life!

It's time for some healing

and
as I spend time set aside
offline each Friday
with our Lord
I pray
that
"by His Spirit"

healing will begin
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January 20th 
marks a
new beginning, a new birth
from the past for me
a fresh start
mending
"the broken way(s)"
and
 pieces of my life
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I truly wish the one who celebrates
his birth day this day
would realize
his need
for
Jesus
and
much healing
mostly the salvation of knowing
Jesus as His Lord and Savior

I have no words
to pay tribute or honor
to this person
as I should
today

my heart is broken
grieving
and
so hurt

so
instead
I will forgive
and
pray that forgiveness
truly enters and pierces
his heart so healing
erases the past
that has driven
such a wedge
between us
that only
God
can
redeem
and
bring
healing

it seems so impossible
so impenetrable
so irreconcilible
BUT
with God
"nothing is impossible"

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Will you pray this day for him, 
his salvation and his healing
before he no longer is given
this blessed opportunity?

and pray for me
as I heal

Thank you!



COMMENTS are CLOSED

Chapter 1 - "Healing for Damaged Emotions"

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3rd week of
"40 Days of Prayer"
with
LifeWay Women
Psalms 37-57



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