Nothing prepares us for the pressures of life.  Maybe you are struggling with your child growing up way too fast and they are all of sudden now graduating…Facing being an empty nester?  Loss of a love one?  Maybe you made the wrong choice and feel like it’s unforgivable?

I can relate to some of those things, how about you?  This fall, all 3 of my daughters will be in high school 2 hours away from home.  Sure, I’ll get to see them on the weekends, but there is still that feeling of loss, plus my oldest is graduating next year.  And to add to it, my grandmother passed away recently.  There is so much more I could share, but this isn’t the Dr. Phil show!

At times, doesn’t it feel like one thing hits right after another?  Even though you may be going through a few “changes”, you still feel so alone and the world is crumbling down around you.  You may be dealing with an issue and not even know that you are grieving.

What’s great is that God knows exactly what you are going through.  He will encourage you through His Word and through others.  That “other” was my pastor one Sunday, when I was feeling rather fragile.  So, you may have to crack open your Bible and check out some Scripture, but it’ll be worth it.  I thought if it encouraged me, then why couldn’t it encourage you!

A couple of things about getting on the path to emotional healing…

  1. Let God remove my guilt; it can have physical ramifications (Psalm 38:4, 6  Proverbs 20:27  Romans 3:23-24  Colossians 2:13-14)
  2. Let God relieve my guilt (Psalm 31:9)

A few things to do (2 Samuel 12)…

  1. Accept what cannot be changed (12:20-23)
  2. Don’t give up  on God (12:20)
  3. Focus on what’s left, not what’s lost (12:24; Isaiah 61:3)
  4. Let God replace my grudges (Job 18:4, Romans 12:19, Ephesians 4:31-32, Rev 7:6-17)

Find a way to grieve.  It’s a healthy response to loss.  And when you are in the thick of it, grieve well.  It doesn’t mean that you will forget, but you can then start moving on.

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