Unraveled

I have been in the midst of unraveling. My first instinct is to escape and ignore the pulling of the tenuous threads holding my soul together.

I think about the orange extension cords in our garage that sometimes become a mess of knots and kinks. It takes a minute to find one of the ends and to work out the twists and straighten the cord. When it’s twisted upon itself it is not able to be used as it was intended. But with some time and patience, it can become straight and used effectively again.

It reminds me of my unraveling. There have been things in my life that have caused twists and kinks in my thinking and in my perception of who God is. I have had to go back to the beginning and unravel the distorted thoughts. I have been working to replace those crooked lies with the straight truth of God’s Word.

I have been unraveled several times in my life. It is hard work, but over the years, I have learned that the freedom and healing on the other side is worth it. This time, I recognized the start of the unraveling and instead of ignoring it, I have taken a deep breath and held on to the promise that God will never leave or forsake me.

The only reason I have been able to address this with such courage this time, is because I remembered to use the tools I have learned before. There is a marked difference between this unraveling and the previous ones. I used to pull the thread just a little at a time. This time, I just pulled the whole messy, kinked up ball of pain, shame, fear, and unworthiness, and dove heart first into the healing process.

This will not be the last unraveling in my life, and I am thankful for that. There is always more freedom and healing to be found in God’s love.

Maybe you are in the midst of unraveling? Or you are barely holding it together so that no one sees the mess inside of you. I want to encourage you to begin learning the tools that God has given you for healing and freedom.

Redeeming Grace is offering two studies this summer that will teach you the tools that can help with your healing. One is our cornerstone study, Keys to Freedom. It gives practical steps on addressing hurts in your life that need healing. The other is, Forgiving What You Can’t Forget. Forgiving those that hurt you is one of the most powerful gifts you can give yourself.

Both these studies are open to anyone in the community, however if you wish to volunteer directly with our residents you are required to complete the Keys to Freedom study. You can find out more and register for the training here.

The Lord has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed!
Isaiah 61: 1

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