Embrace The Beauty Of A Scar

Embrace The Beauty Of A Scar

Embrace The Beauty Of A Scar

 

Everyone experiences pain in life at various time.  We all get hurt. We all go through some pretty rough times. In fact, some of you may be struggling with something painful right now.

Do you have any scars on your body?  A wound that ultimately healed up and left a scar?

If so, then you understand that despite deep cuts, healing can occur, sometimes leaving that mark or blemish.

Physically, most of us have dealt with some bloody wounds, perhaps from falling down, an accident, or surgery. I know I’ve used plenty of band aids throughout my life!

Emotional wounds

Emotionally, we’ve got some invisible scars too, right?  Emotional wounds are caused by all sorts of things, from a break up or divorce to an illness to mistakes made to losing loved ones, and more. But over time, many of those inner wounds heal up too.

It’s those emotional scars I’d like to talk about for a few minutes today. Those invisible scars that we tend to be ashamed of. Those scars that we think make us weak or failures. Those scars that hold us back from fulfilling our potential in God.

Scars as a reminder

However, I encourage you to begin to look at your scars from a new perspective.  View your scars as the reality of God’s grace and mercy to bring us through the tough times.  View them as a victory in yourself and in God.

See, life is painful at times.  We’re going to get cut more than once, and sometimes that pain is going to cause us to writhe in agony.  I’ve found myself in the fetal position writing in emotional agony more than once on this life’s journey.

And, I could have stayed there in that emotional pain. I could have allowed it to swallow me up, become bitter, angry, or hopeless. And at times, I did for longer than I wanted to!

But ultimately, I chose to “do the inner healing work”, trusting that God’s love and grace (unmerited favor) could help me get through.  That God’s goodness could ultimately heal that wound, leaving a scar to remind me of God’s faithfulness.

Just look at holy texts and read the stories of men and women of God who went through some horrific times. Some of them failed big time in the eyes of man. Some of them were lacking faith. Some betrayed their loved ones. Some suffered physical harm.

They could have gotten into self-pity and stopped in their tracks.  Rather, they sought God for healing and restoration. They hit the floor and began praying. Or maybe they meditated. Or sought counseling. Regardless, they allowed that pain to fuel their faith in God and in themselves.

And, so can we.

Pain as a pathway to joy

Whatever your past has been or whatever kind of trial or tribulation you’re going through right now, choose to view your pain as a pathway toward experiencing more of God’s grace and mercy.  More of God’s divine love. Pain as a pathway to healing, and ultimately, authentic vulnerability and joy.

I understand emotional pain, including things like regret, guilt, shame, hopelessness, anger, agonizing loneliness, abandonment, victimhood, and more.

I also understand better God’s will to help us heal, no matter how deep the wound.  Will it take time?

Yes.

Will it be easy?

Probably not.

But it will be worth you making the effort, because wounds and scars can remind you of God’s unfailing love and mercy for you, and THAT is something, dear one.  That is definitely a blessing.

People need you, wounds, scars and all.  If you stay stuck in your woundedness, you will miss out on opportunities to connect and share with others.  To impact others with your presence, your gifts, your unconditional love.

Because that’s what we all want, right? Unconditional love?

Ooooh, look at this scar!

Listen friends, God can take any wound and turn it into a beautiful scar.

My stretch marks? Ah, a beautiful reminder of carrying my angels in my womb.

My emotional scars? Ah, beautiful reminders of God’s unending love, grace, and mercy for me, even when I abandoned God. Even when I made poor choices. I blew it, but God redeemed me! Restored me! Not so I can boast, but so I can now turn around and help others!

What about you?  Are you letting wounds fester and keep you in misery?  The divorce? The addiction? The loss of your loved one? The job loss? The mistakes made? Those people that hurt you?

Turn it all over to God. To Love. To Mercy.

Allow God to help you THROUGH the pain.  As many have said before, pain is going to occur, but suffering is optional.  This means you can choose to work with God toward healing, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

You do your part, and God will do the rest.

If you need help, reach out. There are counselors, support groups, life coaches, pastors, spiritual directors, etc. that are more than willing to assist you in healing.

You simply have to take that step.

You’re worthy, dear one, of healing. And, healing on all levels is my prayer for you.

Allow your scars to encourage others who are hurting, so that they can heal.

 

{Need a healing?  Here’s some wonderful affirmative prayers to pray!}

 

With What Eyes Do You See?

With What Eyes Do You See?

 

With What Eyes Do You See?

 

When Jesus went about teaching and healing those that were sick, he had a very clear idea of who he was as a child of God. As an extension of God. As a human being operating in the powerful Spirit of God.  He didn’t have success in healing people based on the fact that he was someone special.

He had success because he had an experiential knowledge of who God was and who he was IN God. He was a perfect manifestation of God and on this planet to represent God on all levels.

When Jesus looked at the sick, he didn’t see the condition of the person. He didn’t focus on the illness. He also didn’t spend a whole lot of time praying for the sick.

He healed them, and healed them rather quickly.

He saw them with his spiritual sight. His spiritual eyes through the eyes of faith. See, we’ve got these natural eyes that see matter. That see the solidity of things.

But we’ve also got spiritual eyes or spiritual understanding, as we are spiritual beings. Conscious beings. Are we seeing with them?

Are we hearing that inner voice that reveals man as healed and whole already?

Lately, when I observe people who are sick or hurting, I choose to see them as they truly are in the spiritual realm: HEALED AND WHOLE

I choose to practice faith in the things that are unseen, using my spiritual eyes. They may believe they are sick because that’s what their physical body is telling them.  I choose to believe they are already healed by what the laws of God have been speaking since time immemorial. On the spiritual plane, they are healed. Now, it’s up to us to believe that and call that forth into manifestation. Hold the vision of their wholeness in the forefront of our eyes. See it, speak it, believe it.

Didn’t Jesus say, “Ask for what you want, believe it, and then you will receive it?”

Believe it and then receive it.

I know it’s not simple. It takes practice. I’ve just recently recommitted to this type of faith.  This type of representing God in this world.

Creation is perfect. I am a perfect manifestation of God. We are perfect manifestations of God. Mind over matter.

This is what is brewing in me lately.  

Say it as often as you can:

“I am a complete and perfect manifestation of God, healed and whole.”

Oh, The Mystery of Divine Being!

Oh, The Mystery of Divine Being!

Oh, The Mystery of Divine Being!

 

“But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being.”  (Romans 1:20)

Tis the season for Christmas music, tree decorating, cookie exchanges, and celebratory gatherings, right?

Ah, yes. The holidays can certainly be a time for traditions and family/friends’ gatherings.

I’ll admit it’s my favorite time of the year. There just seems to be a “happy spark” among most people, like they’re anticipating something good coming along. Or maybe it’s that there’s just a good feeling about giving – or getting.

But in all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, let’s not get so caught up in the humanistic activity that we forget the spirituality or meaning behind it.

Granted, I understand Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. And not just his birth, but his ministry, his lessons, his amazing love and compassion for humanity. 

Are we taking time to contemplate, meditate, and thank Jesus for all that he has brought to humanity?  Are we taking time to celebrate the love and fellowship we have with our loved ones? Reaching out to others who may be lonely and/or suffering?

There’s the spirit of the holiday that we can really tap into, whether we’re following the Christian faith, the Buddhist way, Interfaith, Science of Mind, and so on. Sure, go ahead and go about your holiday traditions, and if you’re up for a challenge, take a fresh look at the ministry of Jesus Christ while he was on the planet. Connect with him in a deeper, more meaningful way.

Make a fresh commitment to getting quiet with God regularly, via meditation, prayer, silence, etc.

I’ll guarantee you as you do, you’ll experience more and more the spirit of God’s power and divine nature.

God’s divinity! God’s mystery!

And, as a result, you’re love reservoir should increase, so be sure you’re lavishing big love on others. Be a vessel that God can work through.

I don’t know about you, but this is the “happy spark” that’s got my motor running – in the holiday season and beyond.  Allowing God’s presence to engulf me, taking it where ever I go (because God is in all things), and sharing the Love of Christ to all.

Won’t you join me?

Prayer for Today:  God, bust open my heart and fill me with the kind of Love that can only come from you. I’m grateful for you, for the ongoing ministry of Jesus, and well, everything. I commit to keeping my focus on you first this holiday season and I’m excited to see just what we can accomplish through you.