God’s word is true and it is certain.
It divides between the soul and spirit,
that which is temporary or eternal.
God separates the darkness and the light,
and upholds what is truth and what is right.
God is true and He is certain. He never tells us a lie, He created the world and He loves you and I. He will never change his mind.
God sent His Son – the Messiah our King.
He reveals His mighty plan and purpose,
to those who will believe and worship him.
He picked me up from my fall, healed,
delivered me, now calls me his own.
He will never change his mind…
No, My God will never ever change his mind.
I am certain that He said,
“I will never ever change my mind
and I am not a God, that I should lie.
Trust Me my child, for this… I will never do,
never ~ ever will I change my mind about you!”
God is true and He is certain.
He never tells us a lie,
He created the world and He loves you and I.
He will never change his mind.
It is hard to imagine losing everything you own in just a few minutes. Many in Louisiana right now are still reeling from the devastation. Please Pray for Louisiana. I just received a request to volunteer in Louisiana, however I will be leaving for an assignment in Alaska, August 22nd.
In the meantime pray for the families and responders heading to Louisiana. Below are some ways you can help if you are in the midst of a crisis and trauma.
Here are 4 methods for healing from post-traumatic stress.
1. Move your body to disperse stress chemicals. When a trauma occurs, our first reaction is to freeze like a deer in headlights, take flight without thinking or flood with emotions that are out of control and many times do things we would not normally do. We hold our breath and tense our muscles. Meanwhile, our brains are being flooded with stress hormones like adrenaline, cortisol, and histamine. It’s vitally important to move your body to disperse these chemicals so the trauma doesn’t become frozen into muscle memory. To recover from anxiety and fear related to trauma, gentle stretching or restorative (gentle) yoga can help you to release and recover a sense of inner peace and feelings of safety and security.
2. Stay away from news reports. It’s easy to fall into the trap of obsessively reading or watching news stories, to try to make sense of tragedy. There’s also a belief that news gives you more control, safety, and knowledge of what to expect next. However, studies show that traumatic news stories flood the brain and body with the same amount of stress hormones as if the trauma had occurred to you personally. This can lead to Secondary PTSD, and the symptoms of PTSD (flashbacks, anxiety, worries about safety, feeling unsafe and insecure, addictions, etc.). Limit your exposure to news stories. If you feel anxious while hearing about news, be sure to engage in stretching exercises to disperse the stress chemicals. This is especially true for the elderly or shut-in. Please check on them and make certain they aren’t on media overload.
3. Listen to gentle music. Soothing meditation music lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and soothes us like a lullaby. Pandora Radio has a gentle music station called Nature, or you can search for music genres like “Spa music,” “Worship music,” or “Nature Sounds” to find soothing background music. I highly recommend playing soothing music at home, at work, and in the car. Please note: Sometimes the sound of rain can trigger additional trauma in the cases of flooding. Please be aware and cautious of this.
4. Spirituality. When tragedy occurs, it may test your faith. Still, studies show that those who have spiritual or religious beliefs have healthier responses to traumatic events. Believing in God’s protective power, and/or “that everything happens for a reason” helps you to feel peaceful. You retain a sense of safety, instead of believing the world is dangerous and haphazard. Praying and meditating are instantly effective ways to heal from stress and anxiety.
If post-traumatic symptoms continue or interfere with your relationships, job, or other functioning, please seek professional treatment from a trauma-specialist therapist. Please let me know if I can help in any way. Email me at CinderellaReleased@gmail.com or 24/7 prayer 850-661-6104.
Immobility – Fear will immobilize you as was in the case of Pastor Bobette Stubblefield,
Soon after our marriage began, my husband began to isolate me by forbidding me to spend time at church and with my family and friends. Isolation then begins to break down a person’s worth; and little by little steals their identity. My husband would shove me down and overpower me physically. …He would then urinate on me. Fear became my captor (Stubblefield. March 20, 2004).
She also described how she would shake uncontrollably whenever she would think about going home or would drive toward her house. She stayed in the marriage for 12 years and faced fear daily. Finally, one day, when she had to defend herself in a court battle over her children, she was forced to face fear head on. Fearful, but determined to overcome it, she took courageous steps toward the courtroom door. Just before entering the courtroom, she realized she was not alone and that God had stationed angels around her. Bobette recalls that day:
But, before I walked in front of the judge, God opened my eyes like He opened the prophet Elijah servant’s eyes. Elijah’s servant saw thousands of angels standing ready for battle on he and his country’s behalf. When God allowed me to see into the spiritual realm, He showed me six angels dressed like Secret Service men. They were with me walking arm in arm into the courtroom. I realized I was not alone anymore. The Bible says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and a sound mind.”
For More information about how you can overcome fear….
Contact Marlene Hoenig
Cinderella Released….from ashes to beauty. CinderellaReleased@gmail.com
I’ve been studying to become a Crisis Counselor and also a trainer to teach TRE – Trauma Release Exercises. Little did I realize two years ago that I would be putting these skills to personal use. Over the past two and a half years I have been to three funerals, married and annulled, assaulted and abandoned, moved four times and have reoccurring bouts of chronic fatigue, and lymph system shut-downs!
Statistically, I should be in a mental hospital or the grave! Can I just say that I am so thankful that I serve a risen Savior who has pulled me out of the darkness into the light.
For any of you out there that are depressed, sick and tired of being sick and tired, I can relate. But, I have found in my 57 years of living on this planet that if you draw near to God, He will draw near to you. He will take the past hurts, traumas and trials and turn them into beautiful times.
Tonight, He reminded me who I was in Him and how beautiful I am to Him. The words to a Song, Beautiful I read once is “Beautiful is who you are and who you are is quite enough!” Isn’t it awesome that whether we are in a mansion on the highest hill or in a shack in the valley filled with dung, that the Creator of the universe thinks about us and cares what happens to us!
I watched a beautiful family pitch in to give a young man and his beautiful bride a beautiful barn wedding in the country. Her daddy spent several sleepless nights at the location to insure his “beautiful” daughter’s dream wedding would come true. Here she is taking that last walk as a single woman with her daddy! Isn’t she beautiful?“Beautiful” Bethany Dillon
I was so unique Now I feel skin deep I count on the make-up to cover it all Crying myself to sleep cause I cannot keep their attention I thought I could be strong But it’s killing me
Does someone hear my cry? I’m dying for new life
[Chorus] I want to be beautiful Make you stand in awe Look inside my heart, and be amazed I want to hear you say Who I am is quite enough Just want to be worthy of love And beautiful
Sometimes I wish I was someone other than me Fighting to make the mirror happy Trying to find whatever is missing Won’t you help me back to glory
You make me beautiful You make me stand in awe You step inside my heart, and I am amazed I love to hear You say Who I am is quite enough You make me worthy of love and beautiful
I do have a lot of thoughts about the theories of Developmental Psychology, Sin and The Fall of Man. It is funny you asked!
The Lord has spoken to me a lot about the fall of man and how “perfect” Adam and Eve and the first humans were on this earth. The earth was perfect at one time also, supplying every developmental, physical, emotional and spiritual need mankind had or would ever have. They were perfectly content, at peace and in divine health. Just after the fall of mankind, there wasn’t as much sin and evil as has “evolved” for lack of a better term, and men/women lived for almost a thousand years – even in their fallen state.
In that glorious day, when we will live and work in the “Millennial Reign” with Jesus there will be the absence of Satan and his workers. They will be bound. There will still be free will. Unfortunately, there will be those who will choose to reject God and Jesus, the Messiah.
We will live in this time period established by God for a thousand years on the earth! Thinking about this makes me so excited!
I have been working with several processes to help individuals with addictive behaviors because they get “stuck” attaching to unhealthy things and aren’t able to overcome addictions because they are mentally and in some cases physically attached. Unless the Lord delivers them instantly and renews their mind instantly when they get saved, they get “stuck” when certain patterns of behavior is triggered.
The brain has two parts, but the amygdala which is on the right side( especially our joy center) stimulates hormone production. When we are stimulated our mind reverts back to the rhythms of joy and quiet we learned as a child. These patterns set in place our balance of security and healthy and unhealthy attachments. If the child isn’t nurtured properly, or is abused, etc. they later attach to behaviors, things (food, drugs, sex, alcohol, excitement, danger), instead of attaching to the love of God.
This starts a downward spiral because the stimulation along with the form of medication causes or brain and body to become unbalanced. We have to have more of the stimulation to produce more of the “high” we get. We truly are what we feed our body, mind and spirits. http://www.lifemodel.org/TRYL.php?page=restarting
Another issue on biological side is in regards to muscle memory. Our muscles especially the psoas and sternum muscles (which are in our pelvis and protect our most vital organ have the natural instinct to reflex and tense when we become defensive or are faced with fear, stress and anything involving in trauma. This causes much stress in our bodies, which in turn produces a lot of illness. Animals naturally release the tension, where we have learned to mask our reflexes and thus tons of stress is carried and memorized in our muscles.Releasing this stress, tension, trauma causes the muscles, fascia and organs to release the tension we were never created to carry.
A relatively new procedure is being used in areas of great affliction and trauma to help first responders, war veterans and victims release the trauma their bodies are holding. I train my clients to release this trauma/tension that is stored and people are recovering from illnesses, and chronic stress related illnesses. http://traumaprevention.com/.
I believe if we as Christians can join the effort to help those find “complete wholeness” through the gospel while helping them cope with the effects of the fall of mankind, we can really make an impact in our world.
Jesus said, “We would do greater things.” I believe we can as a unified body moving by and in His Spirit.
One of the quotes in our reading that really hit me and I couldn’t find it now that I am writing this, but it stated that once science took over and it could basically validate everything on the earth there would be no need for religion. What struck me was, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords and Scientist of Scientists, Mighty God, Our Savior is coming and when He comes it won’t matter what men think they have discovered or understand.
Our knees will bow at His arrival and our “spirits” will be redeemed unto Him and then we will receive our “healed and glorified” bodies that were or are wracked with the wages of sin for thousands of generations back to the fall.
When He returns, sickness, illness, etc. will have to flee for us forever!
Dr.’s, scientists and others can discover many ways to help people recover from injury, illness, and stress. We can help people to retrain their brains, release tension and medicate to relieve pain but the reality is that the only true wholeness is finding a relationship with Christ.
When I truly put Jesus first His presence prevails, even now while I am writing this. I am no where near where I want to be in my relationship with Christ, but my prayer each day is to help me find ways, to be in places where I can share Him to a hurting world and know Him more fully.
I talk to and read about people who have literally walked through hell on earth and their psyche is whole, completely whole, not that they are perfect – yet!
In her book, Tramp For The Lord, Corrie Ten Boom recalls,
“Roll call sometimes lasted three hours and every day the sun rose a little later and the icy-cold wind blew a little stronger. Standing in the grey of the dawn I would try to repeat, through shivering lips, that verse of Scripture which had come to mean so much to me: ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’”
When all is said and done, thousands upon thousands of individuals, body, soul and spirit will be changed. The vilest of vilest have been forgiven because of their faith which is something that can’t be proven, seen or verified experimentally. When our names are called on the roll up yonder, what a day that will be!
“The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” -General George S. Patton
“bounce /bouns/ verb – to cause to bound and rebound — to spring back in a lively manner…”
To “bounce” means the ability to fight through an issue, to be resilient, to be able to stabilize after adversity. To recover — and to thrive.
In 2009 Rick Hoyt completed the Boston Marathon. This race was officially his 1000th race. Since 1977, Rick has competed in marathons, duathlons, and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman competitions). In 1992 Rick “ran” 3,735 miles in 45 days. Coast-to-coast.
Rick was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. As a result of oxygen deprivation to Rick’s brain at the time of his birth, Rick was diagnosed as aspastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. He would never walk or communicate as we do. He would never be “normal”. His life would be lived in a wheelchair.
In 1977, through the use of a special computer, Rick “told” his father that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Not being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair. They finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. “Team Hoyt” rose up from seemingly insurmountable odds and adversity. That’s “Bounce”!
When life simply isn’t fair. Filled with sickness… debt… or abandonment…
When the walls are pressing in… and you don’t even know your own name.
When you feel like you can’t breathe — or see. And there is absolutely nothing you can do.
When life isn’t the way it is supposed to be…
He understands. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that “…we do not have a high priest (Jesus the Son of God) who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses(frailty — feebleness — sickness — infirmities — troubles), but one who in every respect has been tempted (the trying and testing of our faith, virtue and character)as we are …” (Hebrews 4:14 ESV) He’s been there. He goes before you… and with you!
He will strengthen you. “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace… will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1Peter 5:10 ESV)
Put the devil on notice in your life… It’s time to get your dreams back… Get your family back… Get your marriage back… Get your anointing back… Get your strength back… Get your step back… Get your confidence back… Get your fight back!
Claim the life changing principle in Genesis 50:20. What satan, or even other people in your life, meant for evil, God can turn it for your good.
“You are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 ESV)