Our Place of Hurt

We all come from a place of hurt. Some people continue to reside in their place of hurt never choosing to leave. Other people wear their place of hurt like a well-worn, cherished article of clothing that is threadbare, torn and tattered. They slip on their place of hurt with its’ comfortable expectations rather than investing in something new like forgiveness. While other people look at their place of hurt from afar with acceptance, knowing that it will always be there – that place of hurt. They know that there is a better place to visit like peace.

Many of us, who are observers, and possibly some of the participants see these places of hurt in other’s faces, in their body language or in the interactions with others at family gatherings during the holidays, funerals, or other events with friends or co-workers. We may look away or beyond these places of hurt not wanting to get caught up in it or in an effort not to invade their private place of hurt.

These occasions remind us or return us to our own places of hurt. We either wallow in or escape from these family or social gatherings as soon as we are able often vowing never to attend the next one. Yet escapees often do return, whether it is out of a sense of obligation or perhaps out of chance at hope. We take the chances that hope has settled in that place of hurt in others or has taken root in our own. A hope for peace.

My own place of hurt

When I reflect on my own place of hurt, I can fall into any one of those categories I have mentioned. My place of hurt was written in all those lost journals I wrote about in my last post here on The Prayer Journals. As I mentioned in that last post, I can see now how my lost journals were my safe-haven. A place where I daily communicated to God about my place of hurt. A safe-haven where I could learn how to forgive, accept, and live apart from that place of hurt by writing it out and meditating on God’s Word with peace in my heart. In losing those journals, God has shown me to look forward to that place of peace and not backward to the place of hurt.

My prayer journal is my safe-haven where I can hash it all out with God rather than from my place of hurt with others.

Sadness

How do we interact with others in recognition of our own places of hurt?

Our places of hurt will always be there just as sin in our lives is a constant reminder that we must always drink from the well of peace and not from the well of sorrow. The well of peace is found in God’s Word. Peace comes through writing it out in my prayer journal. My place of hurt will only fully cease to exist with I reside with God the Father in heaven. I begin again with new prayer journals.  Until I reach my heavenly home and with a renewed sense of hope and desire not to reside or wear my place of hurt (or other’s place of hurt for that matter), I will invest in forgiveness and seek that place of peace in God’s Word.

Attitude of Christ

From today’s prayer journal

Dear Lord, and gracious Father, forgive me for my unwillingness to see others as You see them from their place of hurt. I judge by my own place of hurt, my own standards and reject those who do no measure up. I often do not listen to those who can help me, but rather from my own selfish needs. I fail to hear those who need me and to share You with them.

Father, You see each one of us in our place of hurt through the eyes of Jesus Christ and accept us for His sake. You hear each one of us despite what we wear and in that place wherever we reside knowing we need Your forgiveness and mercy.

Father, teach me to have the attitude of Christ in seeing and hearing others in whatever circumstance I find them. Give me a full measure of your understanding and compassion, so that my actions and words reflect only You and the fatherly love and mercy You have given to me.

I love You. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen

May I pray for you?

The Prayer Journals’ blog is my personal spiritual journey in conjunction with writing my spiritual memoir.

Please reach out to The Prayer Journals if I can answer any questions about keeping a prayer journal of your own. A prayer journal is an intimate communication between you and God. You don’t have to be an articulate writer. Use your gifts to communicate with God by perhaps with your talent as an illustrator, a painter, a poet, a lyricist or creator of scrapbooks. God enjoys hearing from you. I know you will be blessed! I know I am!

I enjoy hearing from you too! I’m praying for you.

Blessings on your day,
Sheri

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Transformation Opportunities

Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday are extreme notions, aren’t they? One day we are thankful for our many blessings and the next day we are expressing our greed in the exploitation of the coming holiday season. The questions in the shopper’s mind are often, “What does he need?” or “What does she want?”

And I began to think, “What is important?”

A couple of months ago I began a de-cluttering of the house to transform the family household into a minimalist lifestyle. In the process I either misplaced, donated or inadvertently threw out all my journals, prayer journals and poetry journals. Years of writing. Gone. It has taken me these past months to reconcile that I may never see my journals again. I am not sure I fully have reconciled to the thought of that I may never find them. It has been like a punch in the gut as though I have lost a loved one.

How important are my journals?

Perhaps not as important as to someone who has suddenly without expectation lost a loved one as a dear friend whose sister passed away this past week from a freak accident. Or not as important as a person’s health who like another dear friend lost most of her internal organs after a recent surgery only to discover it was indeed ovarian cancer instead of something benign.

While those journals were personally important to me for various reasons, did I need them? I thought I did, and being truthful, I still do want them. Badly.

I find myself feeling ridiculous when my friends have lost something more precious – a loved one, their health, and other friends who have lost their livelihood. And yet, I am still stressing over my need for these journals that were a tangible, but an indispensable part of my life. Those journals told my life story of my struggles, my desires, my dreams and my sins.

How important is Jesus Christ?

You received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live as Christ’s people. Sink your roots into him and build on him. Be strengthened by the faith that you were taught and overflow with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7

When I look at what I have lost in my life, I cannot ignore what I have gained in its place. I have learned from my prayer journals that what is most important is my communication and relationship with Christ. I may have lost my physical journals; but I still have something even more tangible and indispensable in my life – Jesus Christ.

Whatever I am searching for in life, may they be wants or needs, God is still transforming me for His purpose. Whether I try to distinguish wants from needs or vice versa, both are opportunities for God to transform my life as one of His own. In order, for me to become everything He has created me to be I must learn to believe in and on His trustworthiness.

Whatever is lost and whatever is gained must always be in faith through Christ who strengthens me.

The Broken Jar

From today’s prayer journal

Dear Lord of my life, I know that my life is not my own. By Your death and resurrection, You made me Your own. Help me to live under Your direction, always ready to see, not what was lost, but always aware of Your presence to see what is gained. May others see this transformation in me, so they may receive Your love and mercy through me.

It is not easy for me to ask for these things Lord of what I must give up so I no longer pretend that my life is not my own. My prayer is to surrender everything to Your care and direction. I want to follow You and accept whatever the outcome, but I confess it is difficult at times. When I fail. When I fall time and time again, show me again that there is love, forgiveness and mercy. Use me in spite of my reluctance to let go of what I want and what I believe I need to follow You.

I love You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

May I pray for you?

The Prayer Journals’ blog is my personal spiritual journey in conjunction with writing my spiritual memoir.

Please reach out to The Prayer Journals if I can answer any questions about keeping a prayer journal of your own. A prayer journal is an intimate communication between you and God. You don’t have to be an articulate writer. Perhaps you are an illustrator, a painter, a poet, a lyricist or creator of scrapbooks. Use your gifts to communicate with God. God enjoys hearing from you. I know you will be blessed!

I enjoy hearing from you too! I’m praying for you.

Blessings on your day,

Sheri

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