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March 10, 2023 DDF Breathes New Life Post/Healing Wounds Through Worship and Prayer

Healing Wounds through worship and prayer I have a manuscript that I have not looked at since 2016. It is called “In the Eye of Prayer.” It is my journey as a child in the darkest moment I should not have survived, but in the miraculous arms of Jesus I did. It is part of my testimony that I rarely share as it conjures up many wounds: Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. I was looking over my manuscript and I read one chapter where I can draw on the miraculous. My early elementary years blur in my mind and I am not good with chronological order. Parts have been wiped from my memory, but I think that is God’s grace. But here is a snap shot from this chapter. We were on the run again, no shoes or coats in the dead of winter. Stickers and thorns pierced my feet as me, my mom, and baby brother were escaping the abuse, isolation in one more desperate attempt to find freedom. More than once, we stood or lay silent on barren ground hoping not to be seen by the man in a drunken stupor screamed for us through the darkness. 1st miracle, my brother never once woke, cried, or made any noise as I held my breath praying, we would not be discovered. Then into the cold swampy waters fearful of snakes and gators, but not as much fear as turning back from which we had escaped. There was nowhere to dry off or any place that would take the shivering from my body. So we walked to a park and slumped on a bench. My mom was in tears, and I was just weak and numb. Then miracle 2: A prayer left my mom’s lips and in that moment the sliver of a moon that had been our only light source grew to the size of an umbrella. It was so warm my shivers were gone, and my hair dried along with my pajamas and socks. The snow around us melted. Dry browned grass seemed so inviting so with My brother still asleep my mom laid him down on the dry spot and we lay there looking up at this moon with the light that didn’t hurt our eyes. So, we slept. Miracle 3-The next day for next time. Identifying our wounds matters because it is how you deal with each or a combination of open that path to true peaceful healing. Let’s look at them together: Physical wounds: Abuse-related trauma can develop after a person has been hurt and/or neglected, usually in childhood-sexually or physically abused. It can continue into adult relationships. “God, we plead on his behalf. We pray, God that you would heal his body that you would miraculously move. God, we’re asking for that. (Psalm 119: 8). Mental wounds: psychological traumas are the result of extremely stressful events that leave us feeling unsafe and disconnected from everyone around us. They leave us feeling helpless, powerless, and overwhelmed. Many people also experience painful feelings and memories as well as anxiety that won't go away. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24). Emotional wounds: there are five large categories of negative emotions such as betrayal, abandonment, rejection, humiliation, and injustice. “You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again. (Psalm 71: 20). Spiritual wounds: A form of suffering in which we are disconnected from our spiritual core. Spiritual wounds can manifest as feelings of isolation, hopelessness, guilt, or shame. The spiritually wounded often feel a diminished sense of self-worth and a detachment from their life’s purpose. “The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in the spirit. (Psalm 34:18). Society wounds: Our land is hurting and in deep need of God's divine healing. Appropriately, this admonition from God addresses the critical fact that the sin and wickedness in our life as a nation has direct — and disastrous — effects on our health as a nation and as a global community. Jeremiah warns the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem: “Look! I am preparing a disaster and devising a plan against you. So, turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions” (Jeremiah 18:11). “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19). Prayers to those in need of healing. May God’s grace and peace wash over you. May forgiveness bring you freedom. The shackles holding you down be removed. May your heart soar with joy. You are not alone so know you matter and you are important to Jesus who died on a cross for you and waiting for you to come to him with all your needs. God Bless you all, The words “I pour out my heart” in this song, You Know My Name, by Tasha Cobbs. What a heart of worship! You walk with me You talk with me How you tell me That I am your own

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