As a little girl, I loved to run. I could never refuse a good game of tag or wallsies. I was small so I always ran into the tight places the bigger kids couldn’t get into. Until one day I ran between some cars and didn’t notice the fence was ripped. I tripped, cut my knee, and my pink floral tights were now ruined by a bright crimson stain. I remembered the scrape healed fairly quickly as wounds tend to do when you are young. It’s pretty miraculous how the human body heals itself.
However, unlike a physical wound in the flesh, wounds of the heart and emotions don’t necessarily heal with time. Rather they heal by decision.
Healing from past hurts and pains is a choice. Though not always an easy one, it’s a necessary choice to live free in Christ.
Our emotional pain requires an act of our will – a deliberate decision to face the reality of our situation and move on. Cuts and bruises to our physical bodies heal with time. Significant emotional wounds do not.
The Bible says you should cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Jesus died so that we may have life and liberty to serve and love God. But as the enemy of our souls would desire it, we get caught up in our baggage. We must decide that enough is enough and choose the freedom, peace and joy that God provided for us.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
Diera Shaw-Mendez is a minister and youth leader at New Beginnings Worship Center, Pennsauken, NJ, and works full-time for an educational nonprofit in Philadelphia. She is wife to Chaplain Juan Mendez and mama to Olivia Joy. She spends her “spare time” running an online invitation design shop on Etsy and write occasionally for her personal blog, With Style, By Grace. Diera is a God-fearing, Starbucks loving, tech junkie (…in that order!) who simply wants to inspire women to invest in THE beauty that never fades!