Emotional Healing

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. – Psalm 34:17-20 (NIV) 

When I think of healing I think of three types: spiritual, physical, and emotional. For a long time, I struggled with emotional healing. It seemed like nothing was easy for me, my life was full of grief, and I struggled with understanding the actions of others. I felt beaten and emotionally whipped. I wasn’t sure if I would ever feel whole again.

So often when we hurt we want to put a bandaid on our problems and our grief. We want to feel better right away. This won’t happen when we suppress our problems. We can’t expect to put a bandaid on our emotions and go on as if nothing happened.

The Book of Psalms can help us process our emotional pain. God gave us words for unspeakable pain and the ability to cry out to Him in agony and despair. It expresses emotions, such as anger, doubt, fear, and sadness. The Psalms are filled with prayers and songs to God and can help us express our feelings healthily.

We don’t need to solve our problems as quickly as possible. God’s mercy and grace teach us a way to deal with them. It’s comforting to know we are not alone in our hurting. 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27 (NIV)

Prayer
Heavenly Father, Help those who are struggling right now. Remind us through your teachings, that even though we may feel alone and hurting, we aren’t. In Your Word, You provide comfort and teach us we are never alone through our trials, and with time we can heal from our pain. Amen.

Written by: Laurie Davis

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